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Degree Requirements

The Master of Arts in Sociological Practice is a 33-credit program of approved graduate courses composed of the core component (which includes the practicum or thesis) and the elective component. Remedial courses and other undergraduate courses do not count towards graduation.

In addition to fulfilling the academic regulations that apply to all Indiana University graduate students, all degree requirements outlined in the Graduate Bulletin, and all program requirements previously outlined in this handbook, graduate students in the Master of Arts in Sociological Practice program must satisfy all of the following general degree requirements:

  • Students must complete all graduate coursework with a grade of B or better in order for the course to count toward the degree.
  • Students must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.0 in all graduate coursework.

The core component (18 credits) is designed to provide you, through a series of foundation seminars, with a general level of graduate training in the intellectual tools of sociology. Included are the fundamental elements of social organization and sociological research. The core component courses are listed below.

Core Component

Course NumberTitleCredits
SOC P540 Principles of Sociological Theory and Practice 3
SOC P550 Statistical Techniques For Sociological Practice I 3
SOC P570 Applied Research Methods 3
SOC P697 Professional Development 3
SOC P698

Practicum In Sociological Practice

(3cr. hrs. for each 2 semesters) OR

3
SOC P699 Master's Thesis (3cr. hrs. for each 2 semesters) 3
Total   18

The elective component (15 credits) is designed to give you an ability to develop a curriculum emphasizing the applied research component of sociological practice. You and your mentor will select appropriate electives in applied sociology or other approved graduate courses. Students may take up to 6 credit hours of electives outside the department. These electives must be approved in advance. Outside elective approval forms are available from the graduate secretary. They must be submitted and approved prior to enrolling in the course.

The Master of Arts in Sociological Practice program will maintain flexibility to provide you with training appropriate to your particular professional needs. Some of the courses that can be used to fulfill the requirements of the applied research elective component are listed below. Check the printed schedule listing or OASIS for courses offered in a particular term. Check with the Graduate Secretary to find out what graduate courses will be offered in future terms.

Course Number

Title

Credits

SOC P510 Seminar on Organizations and the Individual 3
SOC P514 Health and Healthcare Issues 3
SOC S516 Seminar in Sociology of Family 3
SOC P517 Social Stratification and Sociological Practice 3
SOC S518

Seminar in Sociology of Religion

3
SOC S521 Seminar in Deviant Behavior 3

SOC S528

Research in Criminology 3
SOC P560 Topics in Sociological Practice 3
SOC P560 Program Evaluation 3
SOC P560 Needs Assessment 3
SOC S560 Topics in Sociology 3
SOC P562 Topics in Policy Analysis 3
SOC S570 Sociology in Education 3
SOC S574 Medical Sociology 3
SOC S575 Social Gerontology 3
SOC P576 Sociological Pedagogy 3
SOC P578 Mediation and Conflict Resolution 3
SOC P650 Statistical Techniques for Sociological Practice II 3
SOC P670 Advanced Applied Research Methods 3
SOC P695 Independent Research in Sociological Practice 3
SOC P696 Independent Clinical Analysis and Intervention 3
Applied Research Electives Component

The Practicum SOC P698(6 credits) is designed to give a student a hands-on professional practice experience and is to be undertaken only after they completed at least half of the formal coursework. The practicum is to be divided over a two-semester sequence. During each semester, student is expected to work as a practicing sociologist in a settling outside the university in a for-profit or nonprofit organizational setting. The student is required to complete 150 hours per semester at their chosen site for each of the two semesters, in addition to scheduled periodic meetings. The practicum serves as a capstone experience in which the student integrates and applies what has been learned during formal coursework.

After completing the practicum, the student will write a report concerning the practicum experience that will be shared with the host agency or organization and presented to representatives of the agency and sociology faculty at an appropriate forum. After successfully completing all the requirements of the practicum, the Practicum Committee will recommend to the Graduate Director that the student be awarded the Master of Arts in Sociological Practice degree.

The Thesis SOC P699(6 credits) is designed to allow a student to analyze a problem, policy or program using the tools of applied sociology and is to be undertaken only after the student has completed at least half of the formal coursework. Researching and writing the thesis will generally be divided over two semesters. While the thesis is applied in its focus, its form allows the student to demonstrate their mastery of sociological theory and research methods in a more traditional format. The Masters Thesis will be of potentially publishable professional quality.

After completing the thesis, the student will present it to sociology and other interested faculty and students at an appropriate forum. After successfully completing all of the requirements of the thesis, the Thesis Committee will recommend to the Graduate Director that the student be awarded the Master of Arts in Sociological Practice degree.