Sociology, Master of Arts (105)

Sociology

http://www.wku.edu/sociology


Program Coordinator

Amy C. Krull, amy.krull@wku.edu, (270) 745-6363

This program aims to develop specific skills, especially those related to the quantitative and qualitative research processes, computer analysis, and report/proposal preparation. Completion of the MA in Sociology will prepare graduates for positions in public or private agencies and give thorough preparation for teaching and for advanced study at the doctoral level. The course of study includes training in general sociological theory, social research methods, statistics, and professional writing. Additional academic training is provided in substantive areas as well as through directed study.

Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP)

This degree offers a Joint Undergraduate Master's Program (JUMP) which provides academically outstanding students the opportunity to complete both an undergraduate and graduate degree in approximately five years.  Contact the graduate program coordinator for additional information.

Program Admission

Admission to the program requires a GAP score of at least 600 [GAP = (GRE-V + GRE-Q) + (Undergraduate GPA x 100)]. For students who took the GRE prior to August 2011 the minimum GAP score is 2200 [GAP = (GRE-V + GRE-Q) x Undergraduate GPA]. Students desiring to earn assistantships must have a GAP score of at least 2700.1 Also, a minimum score of 3.5 on the analytical writing section of the GRE is expected for both admission and an assistantship. In addition, preference is given to students who have completed the required courses for a sociology major or minor (Introductory Sociology, Using Statistics in Sociology, Strategies of Social Research, and Sociological Theory) with an average grade of B or better.

Interested students should send application for admission, GRE scores, transcripts, and a letter of intent to the Graduate School.  Applicants should discuss the following information in their letters of intent:

  1. prior background and life experiences that could contribute to graduate coursework and research in sociology,
  2. personal reasons for pursuing graduate studies in sociology at Western Kentucky University,
  3. the applicant's areas of interest in the discipline of sociology,
  4. the applicant's viewpoint on the importance of sociology for the study of the social world, and
  5. future plans.

The application deadline for fall semester admissions in June 15 and the deadline for spring semester admissions is November 15th. If a student wishes to be considered for one of the department’s very limited graduate assistantship positions, he/she must submit application materials coupled with a graduate assistantship application and three letters of recommendation before March 15 for fall semester admission and before October 15 for spring semester admission.

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 This GAP score is based on GRE exams taken prior to August 2011. Contact the graduate advisor Amy Krull for information regarding GRE exams taken August 1, 2011, or later. See the Standardized Examination Scores section of this catalog for additional information.

Please refer to the admission section of this catalog for Graduate School admission requirements.

Program Requirements (34-40 hours)

Thesis Option Degree Requirements (34 hours)

Required Courses
SOCL 505Proseminar in Sociology1
SOCL 510Qualitative Methods of Social Research3
SOCL 512Sociological Theory3
SOCL 513Quantitative Methods of Social Research3
SOCL 514Advanced Social Statistics3
SOCL 561Advanced Social Interaction: Self in Society3
or SOCL 515 Advanced Data Analysis
SOCL 599Thesis Research/Writing6
Electives
Select 12 hours with approval of advisor12
Total Hours34
1

 Alternatively, the research tool requirement for this program may be met by passing a foreign language examination that demonstrates reading proficiency in a foreign language.

Non-Thesis Option Degree Requirements (40 hours)

Students selecting this option must pass a comprehensive examination during their final semester.

Required Courses
SOCL 505Proseminar in Sociology1
SOCL 510Qualitative Methods of Social Research3
SOCL 512Sociological Theory3
SOCL 513Quantitative Methods of Social Research3
SOCL 514Advanced Social Statistics3
SOCL 515Advanced Data Analysis 13
Electives
Select 24 hours with approval of advisor24
Total Hours40
1

The research tool requirement for this program may be met by completing SOCL 515 or by passing a foreign language examination that demonstrates reading proficiency in a foreign language.