The MA program in Sociology offers students tools and knowledge to think systematically about society, and develops their analytical, research, and writing skills.

Our MA offers students opportunities to develop analytical and research competencies that are valuable for careers in business, criminal justice, government, or various other organizations and industries that rely on social research. Students interested in research and analysis can enhance their understanding with courses in statistics, programming, and advanced research methods.

Program Requirements

  • Four required courses
    • SOC 501 Research Design and Methods
    • SOC 503 Social Statistics
    • SOC 512 Theories of Comparative Societies
    • SOC 604 Intermediate Social Statistics
  • Six elective courses from the list below
  • Thesis OR two research papers

Elective Courses

  • SOC 504 International Crime and its Control
  • SOC 505 Sociology of Crime
  • SOC 506 Sociology of the Family
  • SOC 507 Advanced Sociology of Education
  • SOC 508 Civil Society
  • SOC 509 Law and Society
  • SOC 510 Policing and its Control
  • SOC 511 Sociology of Culture
  • SOC 512 Theories of Comparative Societies
  • SOC 513 Data Handling in Social Science
  • SOC 514 Sex and Society
  • SOC 515 Crimes in Urban Society
  • SOC 516 Policies of Poverty Eradication
  • SOC 517 Crime and its Control: a Survey of Crime and Delinquency
  • SOC 518 Current Issues in Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC 519 State and Society in China and East Adia
  • SOC 520 Analysis of Terrorism Here and Abroad
  • SOC 521 Religion and International Development
  • SOC 522 Military Sociology
  • SOC 524 Minority Relations
  • SOC 525 Public Policy and Healthccare
  • SOC 526 The Olympic Movement and Pierre de Coubertin
  • SOC 528 Social Stratification and Mobility in America
  • SOC 532 Popular Culture and Crime in American Society
  • SOC 533 Ethics and Environmental Justice
  • SOC 534 Economic Sociology
  • SOC 535 Crime Prevention: Implementation and Evaluation
  • SOC 536 Global Public Policy
  • SOC 538 Metropolitan Regions
  • SOC 539 Global Natural Disasters and the Social Consequences
  • SOC 540 Catholic Social Justice Doctrines
  • SOC 541 Religion and Society
  • SOC 542 Israel: Society and History
  • SOC 545 Sports and Society
  • SOC 549 Globalization and Social Fragmentation
  • SOC 550 Applied Policy Research
  • SOC 551 Social Inequalities
  • SOC 553 Social Inequalities in Health
  • SOC 557 Civil Liberties and National Security
  • SOC 560 Political Sociology
  • SOC 561 Migration and Development in the Americas
  • SOC 563 Modern Social Movements
  • SOC 565 Keeping America's Borders Safe
  • SOC 570 Comparative Human Rights Policies
  • SOC 571 Social Deviance
  • SOC 573 Gender, Globalization and Inequality
  • SOC 583 Global Disability Policies
  • SOC 601 Social Organizations and Institutions
  • SOC 604 Intermediate Social Statistics
  • SOC 606 Theory and Research on Men in Society
  • SOC 607 Survey of Violent Crime
  • SOC 608 Terrorism and Religion
  • SOC 609 Privilege and Power in Modern Society
  • SOC 615 Criminal Behaviors
  • SOC 620 Urban and Housing Policies
  • SOC 623 Social Change and Comparative Development 
  • SOC 624 Conflict Resolution
  • SOC 629 Research on Death and Dying
  • SOC 650 Race in Films
  • SOC 673 Researching Gender Across Societies
  • SOC 681 Population and Demographic Analysis
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