Western Kentucky University

Plan A Thesis for MA Sociology Graduate Students

Plan A requires the completion of 34 graduate level credit hours, which includes 13 credit hours of required courses, 6 credit hours for researching and writing a Master of Arts Thesis, 12 credit hours of electives, and a 3 credit hour research-tool course. Students selecting Plan A should review closely the Thesis Guidelines page on this website.

The faculty encourage students to complete Plan A. The experience of conducting research and writing a Master of Arts thesis will provide excellent preparation for those wishing to pursue a PhD in Sociology and/or those seeking employment with a local, state or federal government organization.

Please use the information provided below to plan your degree program. This information should also be used for all first year graduate students in completing the Degree Plan (Form B/C) for the Office of Graduate Studies and Research. Each of the courses below is a 3-credit course unless noted otherwise.

Required Courses: (13 credit hours):

  • Socl 505: Proseminar (1 credit)
  • Socl 510: Qualitative Methods of Social Research
  • Socl 512: Sociological Theory
  • Socl 513: Quantitative Methods of Social Research
  • Socl 514: Advanced Social Statistics

Master's Thesis (6 credit hours):

Students pursuing Plan A should review the Thesis Guidelines Document.

  • Socl 599: Thesis Research and Writing (1-6 hours can be taken per semester)

Research Tool (3 credit hours):

Students may select one of the following three-credit courses to fulfill the Research Tool Requirement.

  • Socl 515: Advanced Data Analysis
  • Socl 520: Professional Research and Writing in Sociology

Electives (12 credit hours):

  • Elective # 1 (assumes 3 credit hour electives)
  • Elective # 2
  • Elective # 3
  • Elective # 4

A graduate student may only apply one of the following 3-credit hour electives to his/her degree program: (a) One 3-credit hour Socl 400G Course, (b) One 3-credit hour Socl 595: Directed Study, (c) One 3-credit hour graduate level course from another department.

However, a graduate student may receive prior approval from the graduate advisor to apply an additional 3 credits (for a total of 6) from one of these three options.

The following is a listing of electives offered regularly within the Sociology Department. You will have to consult the Graduate Catalog for a listing of graduate level courses in other departments.

  • Socl 500: Seminar in the Teaching of Sociology (2 credits)
  • Socl 501: Practicium in the Teaching of Sociology (1 credits)
  • Socl 515: Advanced Data Analysis
  • Socl 525: Survey of Criminal Justice Studies
  • Socl 530: Penology
  • Socl 531: Deviant Behavior
  • Socl 532: Criminology
  • Socl 534: Neighborhoods and Crime
  • Socl 535: Family Violence
  • Socl 536: Juvenile Delinquency
  • Socl 537: Comparative Criminology
  • Socl 538: Victimology
  • Socl 541: Demography
  • Socl 542: Community
  • Socl 545: Rural Poverty
  • Socl 546: Gender, Crime and Justice
  • Socl 548: Race, Class, and Crime
  • Socl 561: Advanced Social Interaction
  • Socl 571: Topical Seminar in Sociology
  • Socl 572: Environmental Criminology
  • Socl 595: Directed Study
  • Socl 598: Internship in Sociology
  • Socl 450G: Occupations and Professions
  • Socl 470G: Environmental Sociology
 Last Modified 7/19/13