M.A. - Sociology
The M.A. program in Sociology offers areas of concentration in General Sociology, Criminology, Resources and Methods, and Women's Studies. The Criminology track allows students to focus on the causes of crime and crime control policy. This track is ideal for those who already work in the criminal justice system, as for those who wish to pursue a Ph.D. or law school. The Resources and Methods track focuses on methods of information acquisition and data analysis, and involves students in applied research projects. This track is designed for those who seek skills for self-employment, such as grant writers and consultants. The Women's Studies track concentrates upon the theories and analyzes the research that is of current interest to scholars in the area. This track is designed for those who work with women and women's issues, as well as those who wish to pursue a Ph.D.
Under Plan I, a student must complete a minimum of 30 hours, one half of which must be at the 6000 level. For the General Sociology concentration, a total of 6 hours may be selected from courses outside the Sociology Department. A thesis is required. Under Plan II, a student must complete a minimum of 36 hours, one half of which must be at the 6000 level. For the General Sociology concentration, a total of 6 hours may be selected from courses outside the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminology. A position paper is required. In addition to either plan, a student must satisfy the Graduate School's foreign language requirement.
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