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Graduate Program Overview

MASTER OF SCIENCE IN SOCIOLOGY

 

The graduate program in sociology is designed to provide students training in research methods and theories of our disciplines that may be used to identify and address a wide range of social issues that directly and indirectly affect individuals and their communities. The program specifically emphasizes social justice, identifying its barriers and constraints, and seeking ways to mitigate them.

 

Program Requirements

The M.S. planned program consists of a minimum of 30 credits of study, including 9 credits of core course work and 21 credits oriented toward the unique interests and capstone requirements of individual students.

 

Core Course Requirements (9 - credits)

SOC 500 - Sociology and Social Justice – 3 credits

SOC 570 - Applied Research in Sociology – 3 credits

SOC 580 - Applied Theories of Social Justice – 3 credits

 

Electives (21 credits)

Students must complete 21 elective credits (7 courses). Elective course must not be from above list. Elective coursework is listed in the current Graduate Catalog as well as on the M.S. Sociology Graduate Courses page within the Department of Sociology website.  Students with very strong undergraduate backgrounds in sociology may also be allowed to take as many as two graduate courses from other departments. These courses must be the 500-level or higher. Students may request to take no more than 6 credits in electives from undergraduate sociology in areas of study not expected to be offered at the graduate level during the student’s tenure. Requests to take graduate courses outside of sociology or courses at the undergraduate level within sociology should be made in writing to the Graduate Coordinator in advance of registration.

 

Capstone Requirement

Students must select one of the following capstone experiences: comprehensive examination, special project or thesis. To ensure adequate preparation and time, students should make their capstone selection, in consultation with the Graduate Coordinator, upon completing their first 18 credits in the program. To ensure timely graduation, the capstone approval form must be submitted to the Graduate School of Research and Innovation (GSRI) by their identified deadline in the graduation semester. GSRI capstone information can be found here:  https://www.southernct.edu/academics/graduate/research/student-research/.

 

Comprehensive Examination

Requires 30 graduate credits (9 credits from Core Course Requirement and 21 credits from Electives) and passing a comprehensive examination covering research methods, social theory and social justice. The comprehensive examination will be administered by the Sociology Department Graduate Advisory Committee each semester.

 

Special Project

SOC 600 - Directed Independent Study and Research – 3 credits

Requires 27 credits (9 credits from Core Course Requirement and 18 credits from Electives) of approved course work and successful completion of a special project (3-credits) for a total of 30 credits. Special projects will be conducted under the supervision of an approved department faculty advisor and committee.

 

Master's Thesis

SOC 590 - Thesis Proposal in Sociology – 3 credits

SOC 591 - Thesis Research in Sociology – 3 credits

Requires 24 graduate credits (9 credits from Core Course Requirements and 15 credits from Electives) and successful completion of a thesis (6 credits) for a total of 30 credits. Thesis will be conducted under the supervision of an approved department faculty advisor and committee.