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Applied sociology is a growing academic area as social research and theory are increasingly used for planning, development, evaluation and problem solving by organizations and agencies. The purpose of the Southeastern's Master of Science program in Applied Sociology is to:
Applicants for admission to the Master of Science Degree Program in Applied Sociology must meet the following criteria:
To apply to the Master of Science Degree Program in Applied Sociology students should submit: a letter of intent, an autobiographical essay, a resume or curriculum vita, unofficial copies of all academic work, GRE scores and two letters of recommendation addressed to the Applied Sociology Graduate Coordinator by the deadline indicated on the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice's web page.
To register for courses in the M.S. in Applied Sociology curriculum, students must:
To remain in good standing in the Master of Science in Applied Sociology Program, students must:
In order to file for Admission to candidacy for the master's degree, students must:
To receive the Master of Science (M.S.) in Applied Sociology Degree, students must:
|SOC 601: Complex Organizations||3 hours|
|SOC 602: Social Stratification and Structured Inequality||3 hours|
|SOC 603: Applied Social Theory||3 hours|
|SOC 604: Applied Research Design and Methodology||3 hours|
|SOC 605: Advanced Statistics for Applied Sociology||3 hours|
|SOC 606: Evaluation and Assessment||3 hours|
|Concentration Electives*||12 hours|
|SOC 701: Field Internship or 770 Thesis Research and Thesis||6 hours|
*Electives must be selected from one area of concentration.
SOC 620: Applied Criminological Theory
SOC 630: Race, Gender, Class and the Criminal Justice System
SOC 635: Applied Mapping in the Social Sciences
SOC 645: Dimensions of Homicide
Globalization and Sustainability
SOC 501: Population
SOC 555: Urban Sociology
SOC 565: Social Change and Globalization
SOC 607: Social Policy
SOC 625: Population Policy
SOC 650: Applied Study Abroad
SOC 655: Applied Environmental Sociology
SOC 660: Participatory Research and Popular Education
SOC 665: Globalization and Social Transformation
The following may be used in any concentration when appropriate and approved by the Graduate Coordinator in the Applied Sociology program:
SOC 500: Independent Study
SOC 595: Special Topics Seminar
SOC 690: Independent Study in Applied Sociology
SOC 698: Special Topics in Applied Sociology
The internship involves application of sociological principles to work within an organization,
agency, institution, or business setting, depending upon the student's areas of interest.
The work is supervised by an Agency Supervisor, the student's Major Professor and
an Internship Committee.
Prior to graduation students choosing the Internship Option must report on their work before a forum of graduate faculty and graduate students. Before being recommended for graduation students must receive approval for their internship work from the Major Professor, Internship Committee members, Graduate Coordinator and the Department Chair.
The thesis is a major work of independent research on an original topic, supervised by the student's Major Professor and Thesis Committee.
Thesis Proposal Defense
Prior to beginning their research students choosing the Thesis Option must defend their research proposal before a forum consisting of the Major Professor and Thesis Committee. Once approved, students may begin their thesis research.
Prior to graduation, students choosing the Thesis Option must defend their thesis before a forum of graduate faculty and graduate students. Before being recommended for graduation, students must receive approval for their thesis from the Major Professor, Thesis Committee members, Graduate Coordinator and the Department Chair.
Thesis Style and Binding
The thesis must conform to the format of the most recent edition of The American Sociological Association Manual of Style. Students must submit at least 4 copies of the final approved version of the thesis to the Graduate Coordinator for binding by the Sims Memorial Library.
All faculty members in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice who are members of the University Graduate Faculty are members of the department's graduate faculty. They are eligible to teach graduate courses, supervise internships and theses, and serve on Internship and Theses Committees. The University Graduate Council must renew member status for graduate faculty every six years. Temporary graduate faculty status must be renewed annually; adjunct faculty must be renewed each semester.
The Graduate Coordinator is responsible for processing all applicants' application
materials and presenting them to the Graduate Faculty Advisory Committee for approval.
The Graduate Coordinator serves as the academic advisor for all graduate students,
supervises their progress toward the M.S. degree, approves all graduate degree plans,
and authorizes all students for registration in courses in the M.S. curriculum. The
Graduate Coordinator assigns and supervises the work of all departmental graduate
assistants. The Graduate Coordinator serves as the department's representative on
the College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences Graduate Committee and on the
University Graduate Council.
Graduate Faculty Advisory Committee
All graduate faculty members in the Department of Sociology and Criminal Justice shall serve as members of the Graduate Faculty Advisory Committee. The committee must approve all applicants to the program, must approve the awarding of all graduate assistantships, shall determine, after each semester, whether or not each student will be permitted to continue in the M.S. program, and must authorize any changes to the M.S. curriculum.
Students in either the Internship or Thesis Option must choose a Major Professor, with the latter's consent, to supervise their work or research and the written products of both. The Major Professor is responsible for supervising the student's work or research activities, coordinating the work of the Internship or Thesis Committee, scheduling and facilitating defenses, and editing and approving the final written product. The Major Professor is also responsible for reporting the student's progress to the Graduate Coordinator.
Students in either the Internship or Thesis Option will form a Committee consisting of the Major Professor and two additional members of the graduate faculty. The committee members should be chosen on the basis of their expertise in the field in which the particular student wishes to work or conduct research and must be approved of by the Major Professor and the Graduate Coordinator.
The Graduate Faculty Advisory Committee, on the basis of merit, awards graduate assistantships. Graduate assistants are contractual employees who work under the supervision of the Graduate Coordinator and the professor(s) to whom they are assigned.
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