General Program Requirements:
Number of Credits Required Beyond the Baccalaureate: 31
|SOC 8011||Logic of Inquiry||3|
|SOC 8211||Inferential and Multivariate Statistics||4|
|SOC 8221||Qualitative Methods||3|
|SOC 8241||The Ethics of Social Research||3|
|SOC 9211||Graduate Data Analysis||3|
|SOC 9241||Qualitative Data Analysis||3|
|SOC 9385||Internship in Social Research||3|
|or SOC 9382||Independent Study Progm|
|Capstone Courses 1|
|SOC 8873||Writing for the Social Sciences||3|
|SOC 8883||Second-Year Research||0|
|Total Credit Hours||31|
SOC 8873 and SOC 8883 are taken concurrently.
Culminating Events: The Sociology Department evaluates students at the end of their second year based on two criteria:
- First, full-time students are expected to complete a Second Year Paper, which is due at the end of the Spring term of their second year. Part-time students are allowed to complete the paper within a year after finishing their required Social Theory and Methods of Inquiry courses. All students are responsible for recruiting two committee members to review and grade the paper, which is due the last day of classes in the Spring term. Students may work with their committee throughout the semester to ensure the paper aligns with expectations. Papers can be a journal-quality literature review, a journal-quality theory piece, a journal-quality empirical investigation, a grant proposal, or a research report akin to those put out by research organizations. Students then present their paper to the department. Their committee evaluates the paper based on the student's demonstrated ability to synthesize the relevant literature, conceptualize a research problem, and/or carry out a feasible research design. Both committee members must pass the paper. Any student who does not write a passing paper that term must do so the following semester. Those who are unsuccessful on the second attempt are dismissed from the program.
- Second, students must earn a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better in the degree curriculum. Students apply for graduation in Self-Service Banner by accessing TUportal. Note the deadline for submitting the graduation application on the Graduate School calendar.