Dec 10, 2019  
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog 
2018-2019 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, M.A. (Applied Concentration)

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General Program Information

Graduate School Contact:

Angela Edwards;; (423) 439-4703

Martha Copp, Ph.D., Graduate Coordinator
223-H Rogers-Stout Hall
Box 70644
(423) 439-7056

William N. Duncan, Chair
223-B Rogers-Stout Hall
Box 70644
(423) 439-6650

Faculty: Joseph Baker; Scott Beck; Candace Bright; Anthony P. Cavender (Emeritus); Martha Copp; William Duncan; Kelly Foster; Jay Franklin; Paul Kamolnick; C. Lindsey King; Robert Leger; Leslie McCallister, Melissa Schrift.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers two (2) Master of Arts degree concentrations. The general sociology concentration is primarily for students intending to continue graduate training leading to the Ph.D.; the applied sociology concentration is oriented toward students interested in gaining competency in applied social research skills relevant to a variety of private and public sector settings. Graduates of the department have obtained jobs such as federal probation officers, director of residential treatment centers, research analyst, superintendent of a juvenile correction facility, as well as a variety of positions with departments of human services in Tennessee and neighboring states. Graduates have continued their studies in sociology by pursuing the Ph.D. at institutions such as University of Florida, North Carolina State University, Virginia Tech, Wayne State, and University of Tennessee. For more information contact the department’s graduate coordinator.

Program Admission Requirements

  1. Submit scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). Scores at or above the 50th percentile in verbal and quantitative reasoning and analytical writing are preferred.
  2. A 3.0 overall undergraduate grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  3. An undergraduate major or minor in sociology. In lieu of this requirement, students who majored and minored in related subjects (social work, psychology, criminal justice) and who complete at least three (3) courses in sociology may be admitted under the condition that they enroll in and complete, with at least a grade of “B”, two (2) upper-level undergraduate courses.
  4. Three (3) letters of recommendation.

Sociology, M.A. Degree Requirements: 36 credits

Core Requirements 6 credits
Concentration 18 credits
Advisor Approved Electives 12 credits
TOTAL 36 credits

Sociology Core Requirements: 6 credits

Applied Concentration: 18 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 12 credits

Additional Information

As with the thesis option, students may take no more than nine (9) credits outside the department. Any exceptions to these “core” courses, however, must be approved by the graduate coordinator and the student’s advisory committee chair. Those students deemed to have had insufficient coursework in sociology at the undergraduate-level may be required to enroll in one (1) to three (3) “5xx7” courses.

The special feature of the applied sociology concentration is a supervised internship. Students, in conjunction with the internship coordinator and their advisory committee, will select an appropriate placement in an agency, organization, or applied research project in which they will work, under supervision, for a total of 280-300 hours. Students will receive six (6) credits by enrolling in SOCI 5850 - Supervised Internship . The culmination of the applied sociology concentration is an analytical report based on the student’s internship experience and knowledge gained from previous coursework for which they receive three (3) credits by taking SOCI 5870 - Internship Placement Report . Students interested in the applied sociology concentration should indicate so in their first semester of study and a screening interview will be conducted by the second semester.

A written comprehensive examination is required to successfully complete the degree program.

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