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M.A. in Sociology, General Sociology Track

M.A. in Sociology, General Sociology Track

The General Sociology Program is designed for students who may be interested in research professions, doctoral studies, or teaching in thesocial sciences.

In addition to required courses in social theory, research, and microcomputing, students can choose to specialize in a particular area of sociology.

With a General Sociology focus, you will:

  • Learn to identify, analyze, and respond to individual, organizational, and societal issues.
  • Critically analyze social theory and social science research.
  • Gain advanced knowledge in your specified area of interest.
  • Prepare for a career in college teaching, research, or sociological practice in business, government, or nonprofit organizations.


Students in the General Sociology Program complete nine credits of core courses:

  • SOC 705 Research Seminar in Sociology
  • SOC 762 Analysis of Social Data
  • SOC 709 Contemporary Sociological Theory

Students choose a specialization and complete at least nine credits focusing on their particular area of interest:

  • Sociology of Deviance
  • Sociology of the Family/Sociology of the Lifecourse
  • Medical Sociology
  • Sociology of Organizations
  • Social Stratification
  • Social Change

In addition, students must complete 12 to 18* credits of approved electives.

Finally, students have the option to choose to complete a thesis (6 cr) or a comprehensive exam.

*Twelve credits for those choosing the Thesis option (6 cr), and 18 credits for those students choosing the Non-Thesis option. Please see the Graduate Catalog for a complete listing of curriculum requirements.

Special Features

  • Evening classes available
  • Go part-time or full-time
  • Thesis or comprehensive exam option
  • Small class size and seminars
  • Begin Fall, Spring, or Summer
  • Can enroll first in one course with simple admission process
  • Nationally recognized faculty
  • Paid assistantships available
  • Combines practical and academic knowledge
  • Campus located 50 miles NE of Pittsburgh

Prepare yourself for careers in

Teaching: An M.A. in Sociology can prepare you to pursue doctoral work and teach in university settings. There are also many teaching opportunities available with only an M.A. in Sociology. M.A. graduates can frequently teach in community and junior colleges and in high schools.

Research: Sociology graduates can conduct research in a variety of settings, including universities; federal, state, or local government agencies; businesses; and specialized research institutions.

Sociological Practice: Sociological practice is a broad area that includes any work that uses sociological knowledge, theories, and insights to effect social change or solve social problems. This includes work in policymaking, administration and evaluation for businesses, government, or human service agencies.

(Borrowed from Careers in Sociology, 5th Edition. American Sociological Association)

  • Sociology Department
  • McElhaney Hall, Room 102
    441 North Walk
    Indiana, PA 15705
  • Phone: 724-357-2730
  • Fax: 724-357-4842
  • Office Hours
  • Monday through Friday
  • 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.