Utilize social science theory and methodology to address public issues in the community. Expand your scope of orientation by translating theory and research into practical applications and policies accessible to the general public. Take the knowledge learned and experience gained through our Applied and Public Sociology program to reimagine our world.
About Applied and Public Sociology
Our program emphasizes comprehensive methodological training with three distinct content areas of concentration:
- Community and Social Justice
- Health and Gerontology
- Criminal Justice and Society
Much of this professional orientation in sociology is focused on working with community-based organizations and public agencies aimed at social improvements in areas such as health, poverty, and community empowerment. As a student earning an M.A. in Applied and Public Sociology, you will:
- Use the concepts and theories of sociology, appropriate methodology, and a sensitivity to the policy process in order to connect sociological knowledge with concrete social/economic outcomes for community stakeholders.
- Learn to engage community stakeholders, including neighborhood groups and grassroots organizations, public organizations, and private businesses, with the aim of stimulating informed public dialogue.
- Apply empirical methods, collect and analyze information, and interpret sociological literature to help shape research goals and policy decisions in the public and private sector.
- Master job-related and community impact skills.
- Engage in practical field experiences for reflexive outcomes in the private/public sectors.
Our program focuses on teaching and understanding real-world problems. This professional wing of academic sociology regularly places its graduates into a variety of positions at community based organizations and public agencies. This includes fields outside of academics, with the largest sectors in Private Not-for-Profit, Government, and Health.