Western Kentucky University

Plan B: Non-Thesis Option for MA Sociology Graduate Students

Plan B requires the completion of 40 graduate level credit hours, which includes 13 credit hours of required courses, 24 credit hours of electives, and a 3 credit hour research-tool course. A written or oral examination must be completed at the end of the 40 credit hours of course work.

While the faculty try to encourage students to complete Plan A, students may elect Plan B if they wish to substitute the experience of conducting research and writing a thesis with additional course work. This option is ideal for students who do not wish to pursue a PhD in Sociology and/or who are not seeking new employment opportunities in the private sector and with a local, state, or federal agency.

Please use the information provided below to plan your degree program. This information should also be used by 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 in Sociology (1 credit hour)
  • Socl 510: Qualitative Methods of Social Research
  • Socl 512: Sociological Theory
  • Socl 513: Quantitative Methods of Social Research
  • Socl 514: Advanced Social Statistics

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 (24 credit hours):

  • Elective # 1 (assumes each elective is a 3 hour course)
  • Elective # 2
  • Elective # 3
  • Elective # 4
  • Elective # 5
  • Elective # 6
  • Elective # 7
  • Elective # 8

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