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Graduate Course Requirements

Department of Sociology

Graduate Student Requirements: Course Work & Thesis (Effective Fall 2014)

To earn a Master of Arts in Sociology, students must complete a total of 30 hours of coursework: 26 hours of advanced coursework plus 4 hours of the master's thesis.

Required classes(9 semester credit hours): 
          SOC 5000 (Advanced Sociological Theory) 
          SOC 5100 (Advanced Social Research Methods)
          SOC/STAT 5070 (Statistical Methods for the Social Sciences);

Three 5000 level Sociology courses (9 credits) of which no more than three (3) credits can be SOC 5200 (conference course).

The remaining courses (8-9 semester credit hours) are taken as electives at the 4000 level or above, either within the department or from other departments, with permission from the Director of Graduate Studies.

In addition, a minimum of 4 semester credit hours of a master's thesis is required. Before undertaking the thesis work, the student shall select a topic and thesis advisor. In consultation with his or her thesis advisor, the student will select a thesis committee. With the formation of the thesis committee, the student will write and defend a prospectus before the undertaking of thesis work.

To examine the Sociology offerings as listed in the University of Wyoming Graduate Bulletin, please refer to the course catalog.

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