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Plan A Thesis for MA Sociology Graduate Students

Plan A requires the completion of 34 graduate level credit hours, which includes 16 credit hours of required courses, 6 credit hours for researching and writing a Master of Arts Thesis, and 12 credit hours of electives. 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 of study. Each course below is a 3-credit hour course unless otherwise noted.

Required Courses: (16 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
  • Socl 515: Advanced Data Analysis OR Socl 561: Advanced Social Interaction

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)

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.

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