Requirements for Masters and Doctorate DegreeS


Masters of Arts in Sociology, Required Courses:

- Classical Theory (SOC 585) 4 credit hours;
- Contemporary Theory (SOC 587) 4 credits hours;
- Seminar in Sociological Research Methods (SOC 509) 4 credit hours;
- Selection of two from the following four courses: Race and Ethnicity (SOC 525) or Sociology of Gender (SOC 524), AND Social Stratification (SOC 541) or Organizations (SOC 547) 8 credit hours;
- One area seminar in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (SOC 520) OR Social Institutions (SOC 540) 4 credits hours;
- Project Research (SOC 597) 2 credit hours;
- Department Proseminar (Soc 595) 1 credit hour;
- Sociological Statistics (SOC 401) and Intermediate Sociological Statistics (SOC 402) 8 credit hours;
- Sociological Research Methods (SOC 501) and Sociological Research Methods ll (SOC 501) 8 credit hours



Ph.D. in Sociology, Required Courses:

- MA courses are considered prerequisites to doctoral coursework, 36-44 credit hours; 
- Selection of two from the following four courses (courses taken in the MA program may not be repeated): Race and Ethnicity (SOC 525) OR Sociology of Gender (SOC 524), AND Social Stratification (SOC 541) OR Organizations (SOC 547) 8 credit hours;
- One area seminar in Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (SOC 520) OR Social Institutions (SOC 540) 4 credit hours;
- Sociological Research Methods (SOC 509) 4 credit hours;
- Colloquium on College Teaching of Sociology (SOC 593) 1 credit hour;
- 16–24 dissertation research hours. The minimum number of hours beyond the baccalaureate is 96.

In order to train students and assess student competence in the substantive core of Race, Ethnicity, and Gender (REG) and Work, Organizations, and the Economy (WOE) (SOC 524, 525, 541, 547), courses will conclude with a rigorous closed-book exam. These exams will be pass/fail. A "failure" requires a review by a second faculty reader appointed by the Director of Graduate Studies (DGS). In order to pass the core courses, these final examinations must be passed. A failure in any of the core course will prohibit a student from taking their preliminary exam. The core courses will be reviewed and revised as necessary every two years.

Preliminary Examination Procedures, Effective Fall 2010:

Students eligible for the exam will take the examination together. The examination will be given in the computer laboratory with internet connections dismantled. The exam will be closed book, 6 hours, with an hour break for lunch. The students will be given a sheet with the citations from the reading list of their own area. Students whose first language is not English will be allowed two extra hours, and be allowed to bring with them a bilingual dictionary.

 Students will now be required to take special exams which are either sub-areas within REG or WOE or other areas which are broadly conceived, such as an ASA section or a field as defined in the official ASA list of specialties. Specialties would be established in two ways. First, faculty will develop a list of areas they wish to offer as specialty examinations, and that list will be maintained by the DGS and updated periodically to reflect shifting faculty interests and expertise. Faculty who agree to assess students in one of these "standing" specialties will be jointly responsible for developing a reading list for their specialty.
The sub areas for examination available as of Spring 2012 are:

Race
Gender
Organizations and Economic Sociology
Political Sociology and Social Movements 
Globalization

Second, a student can propose a specialty area for her or his exam. The student would need the support of three faculty (two of whom must be at least 50% in the department, all of whom must be at least 0% appointments in the Department) who indicate their willingness to evaluate the exam. There will be a petition form that will require the student to explain the rationale for the specialty area, and to specify the course work, research, and other professional experience that has prepared them for an exam in that area. The faculty who agree to serve as examiners will develop a preliminary reading list to accompany the petition. The petition is due six months before the exam is to be taken, signed by the faculty evaluators. The petition will be submitted for approval to the DGS, who may seek input from the Graduate Committee before making a final decision. All specialty reading lists will be made available in their final form four months prior to the exam. Every student must pass at least one written specialty examination before proceeding to finish the preliminary examination process with an oral defense of the dissertation proposal.