University of North Dakota
College of Arts and Science
M.A. - Sociology
The mission of the sociology graduate program is to prepare students for advanced training, for university teaching careers, or for professional careers that allow them to apply their advanced sociological training. The program facilitates students gaining the sophisticated theoretical, methodological, and analytical skills with which to examine sociological research questions. All courses in the curriculum focus on building these skills to a level in which the student is able to independently engage in research informed by a sociological perspective.
Goal 1: How is sociology distinctive as a discipline? Students should be able to:
Objective a: Demonstrate an ability to understand empirical sociological studies, including what makes a given study sociological in nature.
Objective b: Create a sociological research question, including an argument for how it is sociologically informed.
Goal 2: What do sociologists know? Students should be able to:
Objective a: Utilize existing sociological literature to build a case for a specific research question.
Objective b: Synthesize existing sociological literature to frame the development of hypotheses.
Goal 3: How is sociological knowledge produced? Students should be able to:
Objective a: Use theoretical concepts to inform a research question.
Objective b: Develop and implement sociological methods to answer a research question.
Objective c: Analyze data statistically at the multivariate level.
Goal 4: How is sociological knowledge communicated? Students should be able to:
Objective a: Use discipline-specific conventions to communicate sociological research in writing.
Objective b: Create and deliver oral presentations of sociological research using discipline-specific conventions.
UND is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. UND also holds many special accreditation's at the college, department, or program level.
International Student Requirements:
All graduate applicants must demonstrate academic-level proficiency with the English language before they will be considered for admission. This requirement must be met by all applicants, regardless of citizenship, residency, or nation of birth. No applicants will be considered for admission until the English Language Proficiency is met. Please refer to the Academic Catalog for ways in which this requirement can be met.
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