Graduate Catalog 2022-2023 
    
    Jul 17, 2024  
Graduate Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, M.A.


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The Master of Arts degree in Sociology prepares students for advanced graduate studies in the social sciences and for professional careers in a variety of settings including federal, state, and local government agencies; not-for-profit organizations, community service groups; market research firms; and social service organizations. Coursework incorporates classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives, analysis of cutting edge empirical research, and training in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Students can take coursework and specialize in the following areas: community development, social inequality, social psychology, health, urban sociology, environment, comparative sociology, sociology of family, sociology of religion, and social movements.

Admission

The Sociology Program considers the quality of an application to the M.A. program in its entirety. Applicants will be considered on a competitive basis and thus simply completing an application does not guarantee admission to the program. To apply to the program, a student is ordinarily expected to have a bachelors degree in sociology or a related discipline from an accredited academic institution. Applicants to the Sociology M.A. program must have:

- A minimum undergraduate GPA of 3.0

- A 750-word personal statement, which includes the applicant’s relevant academic and/or professional background and reasons for seeking the degree

- Three letters of recommendation

- A current resume or curriculum vitae

Applicants may be admitted provisionally and considered for regular admission.

To apply or to learn additional information about the application process, please contact the Sociology Program: http://www.westga.edu/sociology.

Program Requirements

The core courses for the Master’s program consist of nine hours in theory, research methodology, and statistics.

Students accepted into the program may choose between three tracks: Thesis, Applied, and Mid Career.  Under either plan, students must complete a minimum of 36 hours, one-half of which must be at the 6000-level.  A total of six hours may be selected from courses outside the Master’s program in Sociology.

Requirements Thesis Applied Mid-Career

 

Core Courses 9 hours 9 hours 9 hours  
Elective Courses 21 hours 18 hours 21 hours  
Thesis Preparation 3 hours N/A N/A  
Thesis 3 hours N/A N/A  
Internship N/A 3 hours N/A  
Additional Research Methods              N/A 3 hours 3 hours  
Total Hours 36 hours          36 hours 36 hours  
Final Project Thesis    Internship Project       Applied Project   

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this degree program, students will be able to:

  • Demonstrate a mastery of communicating in writing how sociology contributes to an understanding of social reality
  • Demonstrate a mastery of sociological theories  
  • Demonstrate a mastery of methodological approaches within sociology
  • Demonstrate a mastery of the diversity in society

 

Program Requirements


Core Courses: 9 hours


The core courses for the Master’s program consist of nine hours in theory, research methodology, and statistics.

Thesis Track


Under the Thesis Track, students must also complete three hours of Thesis Preparation and three hours of thesis work.  A thesis is required under this track. 

Electives: 21 hours


Applied Track


Under the Applied Track, students must complete three credit hours of additional research methods coursework and three credit hours of Internship, and three credit hours of Applied Project..

Students opting for the Applied Track must constitute a three-member committee to approve and oversee the completion of a major initiative associated with their internship.

Electives: 18 hours


Mid-Career Track


The Mid-Career Track is available to students who are employed in a setting comparable to where a Sociology MA student would do an internship. Students should consult with the Head of Graduate Studies to determine if they are eligible. Under the Mid-Career Track, students must register for three credit hours of additional research methods coursework and three credit hours of Applied Project.

 Students opting for the Mid-Career track must constitute a three-member committee to approve and oversee the completion of a major initiative associated with their employment site.

Electives: 21 hours


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