The Applied Sociology option is oriented toward students interested in gaining competency in applied social research skills relevant to a variety of private and public sector settings. Graduates of the department have obtained jobs such as federal probation officers, director of residential treatment centers, research analyst, superintendent of a juvenile correction facility, as well as a variety of positions with departments of human services in Tennessee and neighboring states. The special feature of the applied sociology concentration is the Supervised Internship (SOAA 5850, 6 credit hours). Students, in conjunction with the Graduate Coordinator and their advisory committee, will select an appropriate placement in an agency or organization in which they will work, under supervision, for a total of 280-300 hours (approximately 20 hours per week over one semester or 10 hours per week over two semesters). The culmination of the applied sociology concentration is an analytical report based on the student's internship experience and knowledge gained from previous coursework, for which they receive three credits by taking Internship Placement Report (SOAA 5870). Students interested in the applied sociology concentration should indicate so in their first semester of study and a screening interview will be conducted by the second semester. As with the thesis option, a written comprehensive exam is required to successfully complete the degree program.
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