MA Suggested Course Sequence

This is an ideal sequence which assumes full-time study and the absence of academic deficiencies on the part of the student.

FIRST YEAR: Fall Semester

Courses
  • Sociol 701–Proseminar in Sociological Inquiry (1 credit hour)
  • Sociol 715–Systematic Sociological Theory (3 credit hours)
  • Sociol 750–Research Methods (3 credit hours)
  • Elective (3 credit hours)
Action
  • Meet with Director of Graduate Studies prior to registering for semester courses and near the end of the semester.

FIRST YEAR: Spring Semester

Courses
  • Sociol 760–Advanced Statistical Methods in Sociology (3 credit hours)
  • Electives (6 credit hours)
Action
  • Meet with Interim Advisor/Director of Graduate Studies prior to registering for semester courses and near the end of the semester.
  • Select chair of MA Capstone committee by end of semester

SECOND YEAR: Fall Semester
Thesis/Paper Option


Courses
  • Elective (3 credit hours)
  • Sociol 790–MA Thesis/Paper (3 credit hours)
Action
  • Select members of the MA Capstone Committee
  • Complete proposal for thesis/paper and schedule proposal hearing
  • Begin research and writing
  • Complete IRB protocol, if necessary

SECOND YEAR: Fall Semester
Examination Option


Courses
  • Electives (6 credit hours)

 

Action

  • Select members of MA Committee
  • Develop a bibliography in consultation with MA Committee

SECOND YEAR: Spring Semester
Thesis/Paper Option


Courses
  • Elective (3 credit hours)
  • Sociol 790–MA Thesis/Paper (2 credit hours)
Action
  • Finish research and writing
  • Complete assessment of program
  • Oral defense of thesis/paper

SECOND YEAR: Spring Semester
Examination Option


Courses
  • Electives (6 credit hours)

 

Action

  • Write examination
  • Complete assessment of program
  • Oral defense of examination