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Master of Arts





Sociology: General (MA)

College Teaching

Designed for students planning an academic career. MA graduates are eligible for most academic appointments at the community college level. The emphasis provides ideal preparation for students planning to seek a doctorate and an academic career at the college or university level.

The Master of Arts Sociology: College Teaching is designed for students planning an academic career with a Master’s degree and an emphasis on teaching. MA graduates are typically eligible for most academic appointments at the community college level. This program is also ideally suited for those planning on advanced graduate training in a doctoral program and an academic career.

Student Expectations

Students are required to maintain a 3.0 grade point average for the entire degree program. Half of all graduate credit applied toward the degree must be earned in courses at the 600 level. Up to six credits may be taken outside of the department with the approval of a student's advisor. The student must complete all graduate degree requirements within six years.

Alternate Plan Paper or Master's Thesis

A master's thesis is written under the supervision of the student's thesis advisor and examining committee. The thesis may be original research, an historical review, replication of an existing study, secondary analysis of available data, or applied research. Thesis requirements include an oral defense of the thesis proposal at the beginning of the project and a successful oral defense upon completion of the work.

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Program Requirements

Common Core

Macro-analysis of society as a system. Examines cultural, structural, behavioral, and ecological patterns of organization. Includes a focus on complex organizations.

Prerequisites: none

A survey and analysis of major scientific approaches to human social behavior.

Prerequisites: none

Appreciation of basic multivariable methods in the analysis of sociological data. Includes computer applications using SPSS and application to various social issues.

Prerequisites: none

An overview of sociological theory that spans the classical and contemporary traditions within the discipline and focuses on current theoretical issues and controversies within the field.

Prerequisites: none

An overview of pedagogical philosophies and approaches, course design, and practical skills for day-to-day classroom teaching to develop both effectiveness and excellence in teaching sociology. Includes development of teaching portfolio.

Prerequisites: none

Research/Methods Course(s)

Advanced-level introduction or review of social science research methods, including entire research process: problem definition, literature review, hypothesis development, method development, data collection, analysis, interpretation, and communication; focuses on quantitative methods.

Prerequisites: none

Restricted Electives

Choose 3 - 6 Credit(s).

The internship in college teaching is designed to provide opportunity to acquire supervised teaching experience in the college classroom and to explore a career in college teaching. It also serves as a vehicle for the student to become more aware of personal strengths and identify areas in which further growth is needed.

Prerequisites: none

Unrestricted Electives

Choose 6 - 9 Credit(s).

Prerequisites: none

Capstone Course

Choose 3 Credit(s).


Prerequisites: none