Master's Program in Sociology
Overview of the Program
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology is the home of the newest graduate program in the College of Arts and Sciences at Saint Louis University. The Masters Program offers a specialization in public sociology which encompasses rigorous empirical analyses of the attitudes, behaviors, cultures and structure within the urban, national and global systems. The MA in Public Sociology at Saint Louis University trains students to identify and document insights into these social processes and structures in their future professions.
The purpose of the masters program is to train students to use theoretical and methodological tools that will allow them to acquire and apply specific information to particular problems and improve the quality of life. This training provides students with the tools to challenge themselves and others in unique and realistic ways.
MA students are trained to tackle professional tasks that directly or indirectly involve human relationships. We expect our graduates to move on to careers as evaluators, researchers, planners, managers, program directors, and policy makers. The program also provides a strong foundation for those who are interested in the Ph.D.
One of the strengths of our program is the diverse theoretical, methodological, and substantive interests of the graduate faculty. For example, within public sociology, specific strengths include the study of urban problems and issues; race, gender and class inequalities, social structure and organizational power, culture and media.
Students work with the faculty to develop an individualized program of study. The program requires the completion of 33 credit hours of graduate level course work and is designed to be completed in four semesters of full-time study. Required courses: 12 credit hours of research methods, quantitative analysis, pro-seminar, administration; Practical courses: 6 credit hours of information presentation: Elective courses: 15 credit hours, which may include a thesis (6 hours).