The B.A./M.A. Program
The Department of Sociology offers a five-year B.A. /M.A. program to eligible students with outstanding academic records (minimum 3.5 GPA). Students must apply for and be accepted into this program. A student starts with a recommendation and sequence of courses from the department chair. The student must then get approval from the department and the Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies by submitting an application for graduate studies. Admittance to the graduate program will be provisional, subject to review of the scores on the Graduate Record Exam (GRE), which must be taken before the end of the first semester of the senior year. A student admitted into the program and who fails to maintain a satisfactory academic record, or who fails to achieve acceptable scores on the GRE exam, may not continue in the program.
Once admitted into the program students are allowed to begin work toward a master's degree during both semesters of their senior year. Certain courses within and outside the major field may be waived in favor of graduate courses, which will be counted toward the 40 courses necessary for the bachelor's degree. All requirements for the bachelor's degree must be completed with four years of matriculation and before credits towards the master's degree may be applied. All master's degree credits must be completed within five years of matriculation; otherwise the double course credits are forfeited.
The following information will be helpful for planning a sequence of courses.
Credits required for Bachelor's degree: 40 courses (120 credits).
Sociology has (36 credit hours), 6 required courses SOC 101, 102, 202/501, 301/503, 352/512, 452 plus six electives (up to four courses can be taken at the 500 level and counted toward both the bachelor's and master's degrees.) Students are required to take a comprehensive exam or write a thesis paper their senior year.
Credits required for the Master's degree: 30 credit hours.
Required sociology courses SOC 501, 503, 512. and 604 plus six credit hours for elective course work or a thesis (or 2 research papers) by the fifth year.
Suggested Graduate Course Sequence
SOC 501 - Research Design and Methods
SOC 503 - Social Statistics
SOC 512 - Theories of Comparative Societies
Other 500 level electives
SOC 452 - Senior Coordinating Seminar - Spring
Other 500 level electives
SOC 604 - Intermediate Social Statistics or equivalent
Remaining 500 or above level electives
Complete Graduate Thesis, Seminar Papers and Comprehensive Exam
For more information see the Graduate Schools' guidelines in the Advising Handbook - The School of Arts and Sciences