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    Feb 24, 2020  
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog 
    
2019-2020 Graduate Catalog

Sociology, M.A.


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Degree Information

Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors

Minimum Total Hours: 36
Level: Masters
CIP Code: 45.1101
Dept. Code: SOC
Major/College Codes: SOC AS
Approved: 1967

Contact Information

College: Arts and Sciences
Department: Sociology

Contact Information: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors


The Sociology M.A. provides a foundation in a broad range of sociological theories and research methods and an opportunity for pursuing specialized interests in elective Sociology courses, courses in other departments, and thesis research. Many of our M.A. recipients continue in a sociology Ph.D. Others teach in secondary schools and junior colleges, are employed in mental health services and research, in human resources management, and government organizations, or work as research consultants and market analysts.

Major Research Areas:
Identities and Communities; Social Inequalities and Social Justice; Social Movements and Globalization; Urban Problems and Culture; Immigration and Migration; Race and Ethnicity; Networks, Health and Wellbeing; Gender, Sexualities, and Families; Childhood, Youth, and Education

Admission Information

Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.

  • three letters of recommendation
  • personal statement
  • a writing sample that demonstrates strong scholarly research
  • GRE required – preferred scores of 153V (61st percentile), 144Q (17th percentile)

Curriculum Requirements


Total Minimum Hours: 36

Core - 9 credit hours

Electives - 21 credit hours

Thesis - 6 credit hours

Core Requirements (9 Credit Hours)


Electives (21 Credit Hours)


This 21 hours of electives must include at least 12 hours in scheduled graduate courses in Sociology). With approval of the Graduate Director, a student may transfer up to six (6) hours of credit from another university or up to 12 hours of credit taken as a non-degree seeking student at USF. With Graduate Director’s approval, up to nine (9) hours of elective credit may be taken in a department other than Sociology.

Comprehensive Exam


Students are required to complete a thesis proposal defense in lieu of a comprehensive exam.

Thesis (6 Credit Hours)


The Sociology Department requires a thesis for the capstone course to be completed under the supervision of a thesis committee (see Guide to Graduate Programs for more information).

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