Jun 13, 2024  
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog 
    
2020-2021 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, M.A.


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Are you curious about social problems? Do you have ideas about how to improve society? Are you interested in social policies and their effects? If so, Sociology may be for you. A Sociology degree prepares you for a wide range of careers in the following areas: business and industry, government, community and social services, the legal system, education, and research. Our majors work in nonprofit organizations, government, marketing, urban planning, and human resources. They also work with at-risk youth, senior citizens, and people struggling with substance abuse. Our faculty have areas of specialization in family sociology, medical sociology, immigration, religion, race and ethnic relations, social inequality, complex organizations and nonprofit organizations, and conflict resolution.

The Candidate Plan of Study (CPS) must include the following requirements:

  1. A minimum of twelve undergraduate upper-level hours in the behavioral sciences (Anthropology, Psychology, and Sociology). If this requirement has not been met prior to admission, then such courses should be completed before beginning work toward the Master of Arts.
  2. If students are not taking the coursework option (30 hours; see details below), then minimum of six hours is required in one of the following master’s options:
    1. Master’s Thesis
    2. Graduate Internship
  3. Registering for a master’s thesis or internship should not be seen as a right. Students wishing to complete a master’s option must submit a master’s option proposal. For the thesis, the proposal should be 3-6 pages in length. It should include a literature review with references and a statement of the proposed methodology for carrying out the thesis. Before registering for thesis, a student must have the approval of a faculty member who agrees to supervise the work. Before registering for a graduate internship, a student must apply through the internship coordinator and meet the required criteria, including grade point average of 3.00 or better. The university reserves the right to deny admittance to or to remove a student from an internship.
  4. Grades of “B-” or better must be earned for all coursework.
  5. No more than 6 credit hours may be transferred toward the SOCI MA. Courses may be transferred if:
    1. The courses are pertinent to the degree.
    2. The courses were taken not more than five years prior to admission to graduate study at UCHL.
    3. Grades of “B-” or better were earned.
    4. The courses were not applied to a graduate degree already earned.
    5. The courses were not taken by correspondence or extension.
  6. At least 24 credits of the degree plan must be earned at UHCL.

Degree Requirements


General Requirements


SOCI 6730  and SOCI 6432  must be completed for credit within the first three long semesters (Fall/Spring) of a student’s graduate coursework. Students seeking an exception must obtain written approval from the Sociology program director.

Note: SOCI 6432  is offered in the spring and SOCI 6730  is offered in the fall and spring.

Core Sociology Courses


Concentrations


Graduate Sociology students are also encouraged to work with their faculty adviser to structure their plans of study in order to reflect concentrations within the discipline. Six concentrations are available.

Concentration in Diversity


Choose THREE of the following courses. For SOCI 5236 , the following may be substituted: CRCL 5033 . For SOCI 5333 , the following may be substituted: PSYC 5534.

Concentration in Work and Occupations


Choose THREE of the following courses. For SOCI 5532 , the following may be substituted; PSYC 5532 .

Concentration in Urban Studies


Choose THREE of the following courses. For SOCI 5333 , the following may be substituted: PSYC 5534.

Concentration in Health and Medicine


Choose THREE of the following courses.

Concentration in Family Sociology


Choose THREE of the following courses.

Concentration in Research Methods


Choose THREE of the following courses. SOCI 6432  and SOCI 6730  are required, you may choose between GEOG 5134  and PSYC 6037 .

Master’s Options


Thesis Option (30 hours)


SOCI 6939  must be repeated for a total of 6 hours. In addition to the courses below, students should choose 12 hours from the “Core Sociology Classes” listed above; student should also complete a 3-hour SOCI elective.

Additional Information


The thesis is a 35-40 page paper that could potentially be published in a Sociology scholarly journal; it must be in American Sociological Association format, use real data (qualitative and/or quantitative), contain a literature review, and test at least one hypothesis derived from a sociological theory. Students must work with a thesis committee consisting of at least two faculty members. A thesis proposal must be approved by the student’s thesis committee and the completed thesis must be approved by the committee, as well as by the dean and the associate dean. Students are required to hold a public defense (presentation) of their completed thesis.

Internship Option (30 hours)


SOCI 6739  must be repeated for a total of 6 hours. In addition to the courses below, students should choose 12 hours from the “Core Sociology Classes” listed above; student should also complete a 3-hour SOCI elective.

Additional Information


Internships may be completed in one of two ways: 1) students may complete a 500-hour internship at a social service agency, nonprofit organization, or other association related to career goals and with approval of the Sociology Internship Coordinator; or 2)students may complete a teaching internship, which consists of acting as a teaching assistant for a community college professor in the first semester and then teaching a community college course independently in the second semester, most likely Introduction to Sociology.

Additional Coursework Option (30 hours)


In addition to the courses below, students should choose 18 hours from the “Core Sociology Classes” listed above; student should also complete a 3-hour SOCI elective.

Additional Information


Students should complete SOCI 6909  in the last semester of the degree. The Comprehensive Exam will be either a research proposal developed by the student in consultation with a faculty adviser or a written examination that includes questions contributed by all full-time sociology faculty.

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