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Master of Arts Applied Sociology

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MA Applied Sociology
Curriculum & Courses

UIndy's Master of Arts in Applied Sociology program was designed following the guidelines of the Sociological Practice Association and the Society for Applied Sociology. The program offers a strong background in social theory and sociological research methods, and many courses also promote cross-cultural and global understanding.

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(Select your term and choose "Sociology" for the subject. Graduate courses are numbered 500 and above. )

Course requirements

Below you'll find an outline of the course requirements for the MA in Applied Sociology program.

Non-thesis option

  • 15 hours required Sociology coursework
  • 21 hours at least one concentration and additional Sociology electives
  • 36 hours total

Thesis option

  • 15 hours required Sociology coursework
  • 15 hours at least one concentration and additional Sociology electives
  • 3 hours Thesis Proposal
  • 3 hours Thesis
  • 36 hours total

Core required courses (15 hours)

SOC 575 – Applying Sociology (3 hours)
SOC 530 – Introduction to Social Research (3 hours)
SOC 531 – Quantitative Data Analysis (3 hours) OR SOC 532 – Qualitative Methods of Research & Evaluation (3 hours)
SOC 533 – Classical Sociological Theory (3 hours)*
SOC 536 – Contemporary Social Theory (3 hours) (prerequisite SOC 533)

*This course is required if the student has not taken it previously at the undergraduate or graduate levels. Students who have already taken a classical theory course may choose an elective instead.

Concentration areas

Course work in a minimum of one concentration area is required. Students may take courses that are not in their chosen concentration area(s) as electives so long as they have the required prerequisites.

Community leadership concentration (9 credit hours)

SOC 500 – Urban & Community Sociology (3 hours)
SOC 511 – Leadership of Social Agencies (3 hours)
SOC 513 – Grant Writing for Program Development & Research Support (3 hours) (prerequisite SOC 530)

Applied research & evaluation concentration (12 credit hours)

SOC 531 – Quantitative Data Analysis (3 hours) OR SOC 532 – Qualitative Methods of Research & Evaluation (3 hours) (whichever was not taken as part of the Core; prerequisite SOC 530)
SOC 513 – Grant Writing for Program Development & Research Support (3 hours) (prerequisite SOC 530)
SOC 589 – Thesis Proposal (3 hours) AND SOC 590 – Thesis/Project/Sociology (3 hours) OR a minimum of 6 hours in a research-oriented SOC 550 practicum

Additional electives

SOC 501 – Graduate Community Project 
SOC 510 – Criminology 
SOC 515 – Social Organization of Work
SOC 519 – Family: A Global Perspective
SOC 525 – Law and Society
SOC 540 – Chinese Culture and Society
SOC 565 – Social Policy Approaches & Analysis 
SOC 570 – Social Welfare Policy & Services 
SOC 580 – Topical Seminar in Sociology 
SOC 585 – Directed Readings 
SOC 589 – Thesis Proposal 
SOC 590 – Thesis/Project 
SOC 599 – Independent Study

Additional program options

  • Students may take up to six hours of coursework outside sociology with the permission of their advisor.
  • SOC 501 Graduate Community Project may be counted for 3 of the required 6 practicum hours.
  • Students who have taken a classical sociological theory course in their undergraduate studies may take an additional elective instead of SOC 533 Classical Sociological Theory.