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

Plan B requires the completion of 40 graduate level credit hours, which includes 16 credit hours of required courses and 24 credit hours of electives. 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 course below is a 3-credit course unless noted otherwise.

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

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.

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 Last Modified 5/25/16