Brigham Young University
College of Family Home and Social Sciences
The Sociology program enrolls about two dozen students, with approximately 8-12 students entering per year. Our goal is to foster their intellectual development along with a set of practical skills that will allow them to succeed as they pursue additional graduate work at the PhD level, enter a professional program such as law school, or become employed in challenging positions in business, industry, or government.
Close professional interaction with faculty is an integral part of our program. The opportunity to work closely with a faculty mentor is an important part of a graduate education. Faculty members are highly active in research, teaching, and service, thereby providing numerous prospects for students to play a major role in teaching and research projects. Graduate classes are typically small enough to be conducted in a seminar setting. This provides students with opportunities to interact at a more personal level with mentors and peers.
The coursework is designed to teach students to understand and utilize the primary methods of sociological research, employ statistical models to test hypotheses, engage sociological theory to inform their understanding of key social issues, and specialize in particular areas of sociology. The culmination of the program is a master’s thesis that demonstrates the student’s ability to conduct high quality, independent research. We are proud of our success in placing graduate students in top PhD programs and positions with research organizations and government agencies.
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