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Graduate Course Plan

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The program requires students to take a minimum of 33 credits. 15 - 18 of those credits are required courses; 15 credits are electives. A minimum of 15 of the 33 credits must be 6600 level courses.

In addition to the required and elective courses, students must pass a written comprehensive examination, defend their thesis prospectus and final thesis, and complete a master thesis.

All courses are either 5500 or 6600 level courses in sociology, or other graduate courses approved by the sociology graduate director.

Required Courses

Course NumberTitle
SOC 5502 Proseminar
SOC 5508 Advanced Statistics
SOC 6600 Comparative Theories
SOC 6603 Topics in Social Science Research Methods
SOC 6650 Thesis


Course NumberTitle
SOC 6601 Selected Theories (e.g. Goffman)
SOC 6605 Social Organizations (e.g. The Hospital)
SOC 6607 Global Racial Formations
SOC 6615 Social Institutions (e.g. History of Social Institutions; Medicine and Society)
SOC 6620 Philosophy of Social Science
SOC 6613 Social Behavior
SOC 6621 Interdisciplinary Topics (e.g. Buddist Sociology, War)
SOC 5531 Criminology
SOC 5562 Power, Class, and Prestige
SOC 5567 Community Networking
SOC 5591/5599 Topics (e.g. Elite Crime, Family and TV, Environmental Sociology, Sociology of Sport)

See the Graduate Catalog for course details.

For questions about the Suggested Program of Study, Theses, Petitions, Examinations, or Graduation, please contact Morey Burnham, (208) 282-3073.