Sociology Graduate Curriculum

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 . 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. Requests to take graduate courses outside of 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: special project or thesis. Students should plan to satisfactorily complete all core course requirements prior to enrolling in capstone.

Grades and Standing

Per university policy, at the graduate level, students must maintain a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Courses completed with a grade less than a "C" will not be counted toward program requirements. Grade replacement may be pursued only once per course and only for a total of two courses. Students seeking grade replacement in a course must wait for the course to run per the program course rotation plan. Additional information about grades and standing can be found in the Graduate Catalog.