Those students desiring to complete the Thesis Option are required to take SOC 500
Thesis Research as one of their twelve courses.
Students entering without an undergraduate course in introductory statistics with a grade of B- or better are required to take SOC 402 STATISTICS FOR THE SOCIAL SCIENCES
. SOC 402 carries graduate credit and can be counted among the 12 courses for the degree.
Students receiving more than two incompletes will not be allowed to register for courses until the incompletes are resolved.
The Writing Project
Master of Arts in Sociology with Thesis
The design for the thesis project may be developed in SOC 411 and SOC 412 or SOC 413. A student selects a faculty mentor and together they set up a committee with two additional faculty members. A thesis proposal hearing is required at the start of the project and an oral presentation at its completion.
Master of Arts in Sociology with Research Project
Students design and carry out a research project and prepare a final research report. The student selects a faculty mentor and a second reader. This project can be based on research begun in SOC 412, SOC 413, or a substantive course.
Master of Arts in Sociology with Literature Review or Analytical Essay
The student prepares a literature review or analytical essay indicating mastery of a body of literature. It is often started in conjunction with one of the specialized courses. The student selects a faculty mentor and a second reader. This project can be developed in SOC 414 Literature Review Writing Project.