Graduation Requirements

Graduation Requirements

Students pursuing the Master of Arts degree in the social sciences are required to concentrate in history, political science or sociology. Also, they must complete one of the following advanced research seminars: Social Science 500, Sociology 555 or Political Science 502 or 503.

In addition to the requirements above, students are required to complete 15 credit hours in sociology and 6 credit hours in each of the following areas: history and political science. A minimum total of 30 credit hours are required for the Master of Arts degree in the Social Sciences.

Sociology Requirements

SOCL 550 Techniques of Data Collection

3 credits

SOCL 555 Contemporary Social Thought

3 credits

SOCL Electives (consult graduate advisor)

9 credits

HIS Electives

6 credits

POL SCI Electives

6 credits

SOCL 600 Thesis

3 credits


30 credits

Students must meet all the general requirements of the Graduate School. The student must maintain an overall average of "B" in all work credited toward the degree with not more than six semester hours of "C" work.

Thesis and Examination

All students must pass an oral examination on his/her research thesis. A Thesis Advisory Committee of not less than three faculty members, representing at least the two other disciplines (history and political science) should be selected by each student by the end of the first semester in the program. This committee serves as the student's thesis examination committee and determines whether the student has passed or failed. The chairperson of the committee serves as the student's thesis major advisor.

All graduate work, including the research thesis, must be completed within six years proceeding the granting of the degree.


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