Curriculum

MA in Applied and Public Sociology Distribution of Classes/Credits

Thirty Credits, Two Year Program

Nine Credits in a concentration (all students choose one concentration)

Three Credits: Seminar in Applied and Public Sociology

Six Credits: Required Methods

  • Research Methods in Sociology
  • Quantitative Analysis

Three Credits: Applied Social Theory

  • Multiculturalism
  • Theories of Conflict
  • Organizational Theory

Six Credits: Elective Methods

  • Qualitative Methods
  • GIS
  • Demographic Techniques
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Program Planning and Evaluation

Proposal & Grant Writing

In addition to these regularly offered courses we would offer a variety of new mini courses. These 1 ½ credit courses provide short introductions to advanced methods used by professional sociologists. Topics include:

  • Community Based Research
  • Network Analysis
  • Advanced Multivariate Analysis
  • Spatial Statistics & GIS
  • Interviewing & Focus Groups
  • Field Methods
  • Survey Sampling and Questionnaire Design
  • Visual Sociological Methods

Three Credit Capstone Course:

Thesis: This option entails an individual research project involving a research design, analysis, and completion of a report or article length document.

Community Research Practicum: This option entails a team research project under the guidance of a faculty member and in partnership with a community organization. The research team is involved research design, analysis, and completion of a report and presentation which assists the community organization in meeting public needs.

Graduate Certificate in Applied and Public Sociology Distribution of Classes/Credits

Fifteen Credits, One Year Program

Three Credits: Seminar in Applied and Public Sociology

Six Credits: Required Methods

  • Research Methods in Sociology
  • Quantitative Analysis

Three Credits: Elective Methods

  • Qualitative Methods
  • GIS
  • Demographic Techniques
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Program Planning and Evaluation

Proposal & Grant Writing

In addition to these regularly offered courses we would offer a variety of new mini courses. These 1 ½ credit courses provide short introductions to advanced methods used by professional sociologists. Topics include:

  • Community Based Research
  • Network Analysis
  • Advanced Multivariate Analysis
  • Spatial Statistics & GIS
  • Interviewing & Focus Groups
  • Field Methods
  • Survey Sampling and Questionnaire Design
  • Visual Sociological Methods

Three Credits: Capstone Courses

Students will take one of the following two capstone/practicum courses. Fieldwork will be offered each year and involve individual project onsite in with a community partner organization. Community Research Practicum will be a team project offered in conjunction with a community partner. This practicum will be offered every other year.

  • Fieldwork
  • Community Research Practicum