MA in Sociology

Catalog Year: 2022-2023

Banner Code: LA-MA-SOCI

Students pursuing a Master of Arts in Sociology may pursue studies in a wide range of areas of sociological inquiry. Faculty in the program specialize in culture (including music, art, new media, and consumption); family, youth and aging; gender; globalization; immigration and migration; political economy, development and economic sociology; political sociology and social movements; race/ethnicity; religion; sociological theory; and urban sociology. The program is strongly connected to nonprofit and community groups, providing ample opportunity for research, internships, and employment. 

The University Catalog is the authoritative source for information on program requirements and courses. The Schedule of Classes is the authoritative source for information on classes scheduled for this semester. See the Schedule for the most up-to-date information and see Patriot web to register for classes. Requirements may be different for earlier catalog years. See the University Catalog archives.

Degree Requirements

Total credits: 33

For policies governing all graduate degrees, see AP.6 Graduate Policies. Students should be aware of the specific policies associated with this program, located on the Admissions & Policies tab.

Foundation Courses

Public Sociology  
SOCI 601 Proseminar in Public and Applied Sociology 3
Social Theory  
SOCI 711 Classical Sociological Theory 3
SOCI 712 Contemporary Sociological Theory 3
Required Methodology and Analysis Course  
SOCI 620 Methods and Logic of Social Inquiry 3
Elective Methodology and Analysis Courses 6
Select two from the following:
Survey Research  
Evaluation Research for Social Programs  
Special Topics in Sociology  
Qualitative Research Methods  
Statistical Reasoning  
Feminist Theory  
Historical and Comparative Sociology  
Analytic Techniques of Social Research  
Methods in Anthropology  
Feminist Research Methods  
Feminist Research Practice  
Total Credits 18

Elective Courses

Select three to four electives from advanced courses (500-800 level) in sociology. 1 9-12

Thesis or MA Capstone Paper


A master's thesis demonstrates the student's capacity to carry out independent research. The thesis consists of a substantial sociological research or theoretical project that will contribute to the advancement of knowledge in sociology.

Students must follow the thesis enrollment policy of the university and once enrolled in SOCI 799 Thesis, maintain continuous enrollment as specified in AP.6.9.3 Master's Thesis.

SOCI 799 Thesis 3-6
Total Credits 3-6

Master's Capstone Paper

As an alternative to the thesis, students can elect to complete an independent, 25-page research paper. Unlike the thesis, the master's capstone paper must be completed in one semester under the guidance of a faculty member who has been admitted to the graduate faculty.

SOCI 797 Master's Capstone Paper 3
Total Credits 3