Sociology: Criminology (M.A.)
About the Program
The mission of the M.A. in Sociology program is to prepare students for careers in sociological practice, research, and/or teaching. We focus on building core skills in social research methodology and theory, as well as tailoring the program to develop secondary skills in areas such as applied data analysis, reporting, and policy development. Our graduates find positions in both the business and non-profit sectors, including in marketing, market research, education, healthcare, criminal justice, and environmental and other non-profits. Other graduates go on to pursue additional graduate education through sociology and social science doctoral degrees, as well as in law and medicine.
For the specialized area in Criminology, students complete 4 required courses for the M.A. in Sociology program (12 credits: SOC 6600, SOC 6620, SOC 6603, and PSYC 6632) and also complete an applied project or thesis (6 credits). In addition, students complete 15 credits of electives from the courses listed below. The interdisciplinary specialized area in Criminology is a shared curriculum between the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology and the Department of Political Science. Other courses appropriate to the specialized area may be offered by both departments and may be counted as elective courses as approved by the M.A. in Sociology Program Director.
Required Courses take 18 credits, take at least 1 course18 creditsTake the following courses:SOC6600 - Advanced Sociological Theory3 creditsSOC6603 - Qualitative Research Methods3 creditsSOC6620 - Advanced Sociological Seminar3 creditsPSYC6632 - Statistics and Res Design II3 creditsSOC6640 - Applied Project1 - 6 creditsSOC6650 - Thesis1 - 6 credits
Elective Courses take the following courses, take 15 credits15 creditsTake 15 credits from the following electives:SOC5531 - Criminology3 creditsSOC5536 - Elite Deviance and Crime3 creditsSOC5538 - Sexual Crimes3 creditsSOC5551 - Victimology3 creditsSOC5552 - Gang Violence3 creditsSOC5553 - Serial Murder3 creditsSOC5555 - Prisons, Reentry, Reintegr3 creditsSOC5556 - Substance Abuse: Family & Comm3 creditsSOC5557 - Fund Forensic Behavioral Sci3 creditsSOC5566 - Rural Soc & Comm Development3 creditsSOC5557 - Fund Forensic Behavioral Sci3 creditsSOC5566 - Rural Soc & Comm Development3 creditsSOC5592 - Topics in Criminology3 creditsANTH5534 - Forensic Anth & Archaeology3 creditsPOLS5542 - Constitutional Law3 creditsPOLS5543 - Civil Rights and Liberties3 credits
* Please note that you must meet with an advisor each semester in order to verify degree completion time as well as online course offerings for the program requirements.