Course List

  • Choose to do a Thesis or Take the Non-Thesis Option

    To complete your MA in Sociology, you can select either a six-credit thesis option or a non-thesis option. The thesis option requires six-credit thesis as part of the 37 credits and successful defense of a thesis paper. The non-thesis option requires a total of 37 credits and successful completion of a portfolio.

    Up to nine credit hours may be taken outside of the department. No more than one-third of a student’s total credit hours may be dual-level (500-level) courses. Former IUP undergraduates may not repeat dual-level courses for graduate credit.

    Our courses include:

    Required Courses (16 credits)

    SOC 700: Proseminar (1 credit)
    SOC 705: Research Seminar in Sociology (3 credits)
    SOC 707: Scholarly Writing in Social Sciences (3 credits)
    SOC 709: Contemporary Sociological Theory (3 credits)
    SOC 762: Analysis of Social Data (3 credits)
    SOC 765: Qualitative Research of Methods (3 credits)

    Thesis Option (21 credits)

    SOC 795: Thesis (6 credits)
    Approved Electives (15 credits)

    Non-Thesis Option (21 credits)

    Approved Electives (21 credits)
    Portfolio (0 credits)

    Sociology Electives

    SOC 517: Global Service Learning
    SOC 527: Sociological Perspectives on Intimate Partner Violence
    SOC 528: Child Abuse
    SOC 542: Medical Sociology
    SOC 552: Disability and Society
    SOC 710: Sociology of Human Services
    SOC 721: Sociology of Health Care
    SOC 732: Addiction and the Family
    SOC 736: Sociology of the Family
    SOC 744: Sociology of Deviance
    SOC 746: Sociological Perspectives on Social Psychology
    SOC 748: Gender and Society
    SOC 754: Social Inequality
    SOC 756: Social Change
    SOC 757: Aging and Society
    SOC 777: Teaching Sociology
    SOC 798: Internship