2018-2019 Catalog

Master of Arts in Sociology

Admissions Requirements and Procedures

To be considered for admission to the Sociology Graduate Program, applicants must complete the appropriate forms and pay the established fees through the Office of Admissions. Successful applicants must possess a bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university and a grade point average of 3.0 in the last 60 semester units (90 quarter units) of upper division undergraduate course work (excluding units earned in extension studies). The applicant should have two letters of recommendation forwarded to the program coordinator. Applicants not possessing the above qualifications may apply directly to the Sociology Graduate Committee for special consideration.

Only those applicants who show promise of success and fitness will be admitted to the graduate program, and only those who continue to demonstrate a satisfactory level of scholastic competence and fitness shall be eligible to continue in the program.

Requirements for Classified Standing

To become classified in the Sociology Graduate Program, a student must demonstrate a background in social science theory and methods. This usually entails a theory and a methods course taken at the undergraduate level. Students in need of this exposure will be required to take appropriate undergraduate theory and/or methods course(s) in order to be classified. Students eligible for classification should contact the graduate coordinator.

Requirement for Advancement to Candidacy

Candidacy status denotes the successful completion of a major portion of the graduate academic program.

To be advanced to candidacy students must have completed the following:

1.  Meet graduate writing assessment requirement;

2.  The following core courses with a minimum grade of "B" in each course:

SOC 505Seminar in Sociological Research

3

SOC 506 Laboratory in Sociological Research

1

SOC 511Seminar in Social Organizations

3

or

SOC 550Seminar in Interaction Processes

3

SOC 555Seminar in Sociological Theory

3

3.  Completion of two additional graduate seminars in sociology with a minimum grade point average of 3.0;

4.  Approval of the student's eligibility for the comprehensive exam by the graduate coordinator; or

5.  Approval of a thesis or thematic project proposal by a committee consisting of at least two members of the full-time faculty of the sociology department. Proposals are submitted in writing and the title is registered with the department.

Degree Requirements

General Sociology Option (30 units)

1.  Required Core Courses (10 units):

SOC 505Seminar in Sociological Research

3

SOC 506 Laboratory in Sociological Research

1

SOC 555Seminar in Sociological Theory

3

SOC 511Seminar in Social Organizations

3

Or

SOC 550Seminar in Interaction Processes

3

2.  Classified students are required to take SOC 505, Seminar in Sociological Research, and SOC 555, Seminar in Sociological Theory, during their first year in the program.

3.  20 additional units from sociology course offerings (a maximum of nine units may be taken from 300 or 400 level courses and only with the consent of the graduate coordinator).

4.  Completion of the comprehensive exam, thesis or thematic project.

5.  Of the 20 units taken under "3", at least three should be graduate seminars, those students selecting the thesis or the project may include five units of SOC 599. Those students selecting the comprehensive examination option must include two units of SOC 599.

6.  An overall grade point average of 3.0 or better with no grade lower than a "B" in the core courses.

Research Skills Option (30 units)

1.  Prerequisites:

The following courses are prerequisites and must be completed before classified standing in the program will be granted.
SOC 304Computer Applications in the Social Sciences

3 units

or

SOC 307Micro Computer Data Base Applications in Social Science

3 units

SOC 402Multivariate Analysis in Sociology

4

Research Skills Option: This option will also satisfy requirements for the Graduate Research Certificate.

2.  Core Courses (10 units):

SOC 505Seminar in Sociological Research

3

SOC 506 Laboratory in Sociological Research

1

SOC 555Seminar in Sociological Theory

3

SOC 511Seminar in Social Organizations

3

Or

SOC 550Seminar in Interaction Processes

3

3.  Required Courses (20 units):

SOC 503 Seminar in Ethnographic Analysis in Sociology

3

SOC 502 Graduate Workshop in Research and Theory

3

Or

SOC 302 Workshop in Social Research

3

SOC 598Directed Research

1-3

A total of 12 units of SOC 502 and SOC 302 must be taken and at least 9 units must be in SOC 502.)

4.  Serve as project director (or co-director) of a selected Urban Community Research Center sponsored project for the minimum of one term and the submission of an approved written report of the project.

5.  A grade point average of 3.0 or better in graduate study.

Master's Requirement

In addition to the major requirements, students must meet all university requirements for the master's degree. Students should consult the section of the catalog entitled "Graduate Degrees and Postbaccalaureate Studies."

Outdated Coursework

Students usually complete the program within two or three years. However, some students do not maintain continuous attendance and, hence, take considerably longer. Students must complete the entire program within seven years. Courses taken in the eighth year are subject to a validation process. According to California State University policy, courses taken more than eight years before the student graduates must be repeated. Consult the general regulations regarding "outdated coursework" elsewhere in the catalog.