Masters Program Details

The Department of Sociology is committed to high quality instruction, research, and service activities that contribute to the vision and mission of the University of West Georgia. The Department embraces academic freedom and is committed to fulfilling the core principles and objectives of a liberal arts education. In addition to research and instruction, the students and faculty of the department engage in a wide array of community-based projects that serve the residents of Carrollton and the surrounding region.

Program Description

The MA program in Sociology is designed to prepare students for advanced graduate studies in the social sciences and for professional careers in a variety of settings including federal, state and local government agencies; not-for-profit organizations, community service groups; market research firms; and social service organizations. Coursework incorporates classical and contemporary theoretical perspectives, analysis of cutting edge empirical research, and training in quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Students can take coursework and specialize in the following areas: community development, social inequality, social psychology, health, housing, environment, comparative sociology, and social movements.

Method of Delivery

Courses are 100% face-to-face.  Most courses are offered in the evenings.

Accreditation

SACS

Credit & Transfer

Total semester hours required to earn a degree: 36
Maximum Hours Transferable into program: 6

Tuition & Fees

For the most up-to-date and accurate cost information, see the Bursar's Office website at http://www.westga.edu/bursar/.

Coursework

The core courses for the Master's program consist of nine hours in theory, research methodology and statistics.

Students accepted into the program may choose either Plan I (Thesis) or Plan II (Comprehensive Exam). Under Plans I and II students must complete 21 hours of elective course work beyond the core requirements. Under Plan I students must also take three hours of Thesis Preparation (SOCI 6882), and three hours of thesis work (SOCI 6999). A thesis is required. Under Plan II students must also take six hours of Comprehensive Exam Preparation (SOCI 6782). A comprehensive exam is required.

Research Methodology - SOCI-5000
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An introduction to the logic and the procedures of quantitative and qualitative research methods. Focuses on research design, use of computer and statistical packages, data interpretation, the relation of research and theory, and the writing of scientific research reports.

Statistics for Social Sciences - SOCI-5003
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Provides a systematic, precise and rational perspective based on probability theory. Learn descriptive and inferential statistics and computer application of statistical packages. Same as PSYC 5003.

Sociological Theory - SOCI-5053
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Examines the contributions of major classical and contemporary sociological thinkers and schools of thought and the contexts in which they developed, with a special emphasis on applying their ideas to the analysis of various social issues. Course begins with selected classical thinkers but emphasis current perspectives and developments.

Women and Work - SOCI-5103
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A course designed to familiarize students with the history of women and work, the present role of women in the workplace, and current issues affecting working women; and to develop in student skills and strategies for dealing with issues related to women and work. Same as MGNT 5626.

Housing and Homelessness - SOCI-5300
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Sociological examination of the places in which we live, how we are housed, and what it is like to live without a place to call home. The focus is housing development in the United States throughout the twentieth century with special attention to its association with economic, gender, race, and family relations, along with public policy. Consideration is given to problems and controversies surrounding 'the American dream': segregation, overcrowding, affordability, urbanization/suburbanization, accessibility, and alternative housing. Special attention will be given to the problem of homelessness.

Cultural and Racial Minorities - SOCI-5323
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Comparative study of racial and ethnic groups in America. The disciplinary base of this approach is sociological, but observations and interpretations from different perspectives will be examined. Special attention will be given to the nature of prejudice, discrimination, and inequality as related to historical, cultural and structural patterns in American society. Topics include: ethnocentrism and racism; interracial violence; theories of prejudice and discrimination; immigration and immigrant experiences; the origins and nature of racial/ethnic stratification; ideologies and programs to assist or resist change. African American experiences are emphasized and contrasted with those of other racial/ethnic groups.

Visual Sociology - SOCI-5373
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A qualitative research course focusing on the interpretation and analysis of photographic and other static images as a means for studying and critiquing social life. Student photographic projects a major component of course work. Technical photographic skills not necessary. Course combines ethnographic research and critical sociology to develop visual literacy skills.

Sociology of Childhood - SOCI-5445
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course will examine the influence of societal structure in the socialization of children and the sociological theoretical framework for the study of childhood. Students will be introduced to the complexity and the diversity of sociological issues related to children, this includes family, parenting, school and other socialization issues.

Individual and Society - SOCI-5503
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: A study of the social character of individual experience. Comparative sociohistorical and cultural analyses of the social nature of psychological phenomena and human meanings as they are constructed by individuals in the process of interaction. Comparisons of classic and modern sociological theories on communicative actions, social organization, and the language-mediated nature of human consciousness and sociality. Application of these sociological models to selected social issues and problems.

Deviant and Alternative Behavior - SOCI-5543
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Analysis and evaluation of sociological conceptions and research on deviant and unconventional thought and action. Focuses on contemporary, multicultural society.

Environmental Sociology - SOCI-5803
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Studies how societal practices and organization produce varying types of ecological degradation. Analyzes various forms of environmental activism. Analyzes selected cases and issues as well as a critical examination and comparison of various sociological viewpoints themselves. Considers global problems and everyday situations with a focus on modernity as risk society.

Directed Readings - SOCI-5981
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Title and description of the type of independent study to be offered will be specified on the variable credit form students must complete before being permitted to register for this class. Transcripts carry different nomenclature to indicate the topic taught.

Orientation - SOCI-6000
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 1.0

Description: The goal of this course is to equip incoming graduate students with the necessary tools to successfully complete the program. Topics to be addressed include course requirements, professional development, plan of study and thesis preparation.

Social Research - SOCI-6013
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Social research examines the process of sociological research, with a specific focus upon designing and conducting quantitative research and writing empirical research reports. Students will learn how to evaluate quantitative research published in academic journals, and spend some time discussing the procedural stages for completing a thesis or a position paper.

Managing Data - SOCI-6015
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course teaches students to build and manage databases using SPSS. An emphasis is placed on working with large national data sets that are available through the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research database. Advanced data analysis techniques will also be examined.

Special Seminars - SOCI-6182
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Title and description of the instruction to be offered will be specified on a variable credit form. The variable credit form must be completed before a student will be allowed to register for this course. Transcript entries carry different nomenclature to correspond with material taught. May be repeated on different content at least two times for credit.

Delinquency, Family, and the Community - SOCI-6255
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course will examine juvenile crime within a larger social context, exploring the positive and negative contributions of the individual, the family, peer, schools, and the larger community. Intervention strategies will be assessed, and a model will be presented for a community action that can reduce/prevent juvenile crime.

Seminar in Social Justice - SOCI-6280
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course offers an opportunity to explore a number of areas, which may be defined within the broad heading of justice. It takes a realistic and critical look at the legal, social, psychological, and political effects the 'justice system' on people and their cities. Students will be asked to analyze these effects from the perspective of what is 'just' or 'unjust' - and what we can do about it.

Internship - SOCI-6286
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Students will be placed in an agency compatible with their area of concentration to gain applied experience prior to graduation.

Critical Social Analysis - SOCI-6305
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Highlights theory as applied practice. Selected aspects of postmodernist, Frankfurt School critical theory, critical and conflict sociology, and feminist theories are used to analyze and critique selected contemporary issues (e.g., identity, body, media, ethics, aging, law, gender, art, etc) as well as selected issues within the discipline of sociology itself.

Sociology of the Family - SOCI-6363
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: This course will concentrate upon the theories and critically analyze the research that is of interest to scholars in the area of family studies. Contemporary issues facing the American family will be explored.

Qualitative Research - SOCI-6613
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An in-depth exploration of the logic, approaches, techniques, and issues in qualitative sociological research. Qualitative program evaluation and activist research are considered along with basic research.

Inequality in Society - SOCI-6623
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: An examination of inequality within the American society. A focus will be placed upon classical and contemporary social theories and the various dimensions and consequences of stratification.

Institutional Ethnography - SOCI-6660
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Examination of institutional ethnography, a way of exploring the particular and generalized social relations that shape people's everyday experiences.

Social Movements, Protest and Change - SOCI-6700
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: The history of social change from the classical perspective to contemporary theories. Collective behavior and social movement theory will be explored. Attention will be given to who participates in movements, movement strategies and tactics, and movement outcomes. Several movements from American History will be explored including the civil rights movement, the women's movement, the worker's movement, the gay and lesbian movement, and the environmental movement.

Comprehensive Exam Preparation - SOCI-6782
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 6.0

Description: Directed study of sociological readings leading to the comprehensive exam. Students should enroll in this course t same semester that the comprehensive exam will be taken.

Seminar in Social Psychology - SOCI-6803
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: To explore the sociological relevance of selected areas within social psychology such as group dynamics, leadership, collective behavior and symbolic interaction.

Thesis Preparation - SOCI-6882
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Directed individual guidance in the steps leading to the completion of a thesis research proposal and the beginning of thesis research. Areas covered may include selection of a topic, literature review, formation of research questions, selecting research methods, protection of human subjects.

Directed Study - SOCI-6982
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 1.0

Description: In-depth individualized research on specific sociological issues and problems using relevant and timely academic publications.

Continuing Research - SOCI-6983
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 1.0

Description: Must be taken by those who are finishing course work to remove an incomplete while not enrolled for other courses or those who are not enrolled for thesis hours but are completing thesis or position paper.

Thesis - SOCI-6999
Complete: 8 - 15 Weeks | Credit hours: 3.0

Description: Thesis. May be repeated for credit.

Faculty

This describes the general information about faculty for this program.

Guidelines for Admittance

  • All graduate applicants must complete the online Grad Application. A one-time application fee of $40 is required.
  • Applicants should also review the Graduate Studies Website for individual program specific requirements and tasks that must be completed prior to admission. See Graduate Studies Application Process.
  • International applicants are subject to additional requirements and application deadlines. See Procedures for International Students.
  • Official transcripts from a regionally or nationally accredited institution are required and should be sent directly to the UWG Admissions Office.

Program-specific Admittance Guidelines

1.    An official score of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE)

2.    Applicants must have at minimum a 2.5 cumulative undergraduate GPA  (the department will waive the GRE for students who have an overall GPA of 3.2 and a GPA of 3.5 in Sociology-see below for details)

3.    Three letters of recommendation from individuals knowledgeable of your professional and academic abilities.

4.    Applicants for the sociology programs must submit a 750-word intellectual biography.

The Department of Sociology does not require a minimum GRE score and considers the quality of an application in its entirety.  However, applicants who have taken 21 upper division hours in Sociology at the University of West Georgia, six of which must be from required courses, and who meet the GPA requirements listed above do not have to take the GRE to be considered for regular admission. All applicants will be admitted on a competitive basis and thus simply completing the application does not guarantee admission.

Application Deadlines

* Application, app fee, and document deadline; Dates may vary for Readmit, Transfer, and Transient students.

See The Scoop for more specific deadlines: http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php

Specific graduate deadlines are listed here: http://www.westga.edu/gradstudies/important-dates.php

Admission Process Checklist

The Graduate Studies Application Process checklist is available here: Graduate Program Checklist for Sociology_2012.pdf

One exception: If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.

Contact

Dr. Winston Tripp
wtripp@westga.edu
678-839-6331

Dates

Specific dates for Admissions (Undergraduate Only), Financial Aid, Fee Payment, Registration, Start/End of Term Dates, Final Exams, etc. are available in THE SCOOP at http://www.westga.edu/registrar/766.php.

Specific Graduate Admissions Deadlines: 

Learning Objectives

  • Understand and apply sociological theories.
  • Understand and apply qualitative research methodologies.
  • Understand and apply quantitative research methodologies.