Graduate Course Requirements

This page illustrates a typical sequence that leads to the required number of credit hours of coursework necessary to earn a MA or a PhD degree. Other requirements, including exams and dissertation, are addressed on the Graduate Programs page.
 
For all graduate students, course requirements for the fall semester of the first year are SOCL 7121 (3 credit hours), SOCL 7201 (3), SOCL 7211 (3), plus one credit hour of SOCL 7903. In the spring semester of the first year students take SOCL 7203 (3) and courses for six more credits. Nine credit hours in the second fall and nine credit hours in the second spring complete the master's degree coursework, as outlined below.

Master of Arts Degree: 36 Credit Hours

The requirement is 36 hours of coursework. However, the department also provides one hour's worth of a Proseminar in Professional Socialization for new students. Since a standard graduate level course is worth three credit hours, and the proseminar is required, in practice the student will accumulate 37 credit hours, one over the 36 hours formally required (see below).

 
Course Hours Title
SOCL 7121 3 Classical Sociological Theory
SOCL 7201 3 Fundamental Statistics in Sociology ("Stats 1")
SOCL 7203 3 Adv. Research Methods in Social Science ("Stats 2")
SOCL 7211 3 Methods of Social Investigation
SOCL 7903 1 Proseminar in Professional Socialization
Electives* 23 Graduate Seminars
Total 36  

* In actual practice, this means eight courses for 24 credits. They may include either up to 6 credits for SOCL 8900 (Research in Sociology) or 6 credits for SOCL 8000 (MA Thesis Research). At least 6 credits must be from 7000-level sociology topical seminars (7351, 7391, 7491, 7591, 7691, and 7791). The remaining credits are to be taken from other 7000-level seminars (in various topics, methods, and/or theory). If 7000-level seminars are not available (after satisfying the 6 credits seminar requirement), students may take a) up to two independent reading and research courses (SOCL 7901 and 7902), b) up to two graduate seminars in other departments, and/or c) up to two 4000-level courses taught by graduate faculty.

PhD Degree: 54 Credit Hours

The requirement is 54 hours of coursework (including hours for empirical research paper or thesis research and dissertation research hours). Since a standard graduate level course is worth three credit hours, and the Proseminar in Professional Socialization (worth two hours) is required, in practice the student will accumulate 56 credit hours, two over the 54 hours formally required (see below).

 
Course Hours Title
SOCL 7121 3 Classical Sociological Theory
SOCL 7131 3 Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOCL 7201 3 Fundamental Statistics in Sociology ("Stats 1")
SOCL 7203 3 Adv. Research Methods in Social Science ("Stats 2")
SOCL 7211 3 Methods of Social Investigation
SOCL 7213 6 Specialized Topics in Social Science Methods
SOCL 7903 2 Proseminar in Professional Socialization
SOCL 9000 9 PhD Dissertation Research
Electives* 22 Graduate Seminars
Total 54  

*In actual practice, this means eight courses for 24 credits.  See below for the breakdown.
1. At least 12 credits must be from 7000-level sociology topical seminars (7351, 7391, 7491, 7591, 7691, and 7791). Students who received MA's elsewhere may appeal to their committee to substitute up to 3 (out of 12) credits from their MA programs.
2. The remaining 12 credits may include either up to 6 credits for SOCL 8900 (Research in Sociology) or 6 credits for SOCL 8000 (MA Thesis Research) and more 7000-level sociology seminars.
3. If 7000-level seminars are not available (after satisfying the 12 credits seminar requirement), students may take a) up to two independent reading and research courses (SOCL 7901 and 7902), b) up to two graduate seminars in other departments, and/or c) up to two 4000-level courses taught by graduate faculty.