Sociology, Social Work and Criminology

Sociology, Social Work and Criminology

http://www.isu.edu/sociology

Chair and Associate Professor: Hearn

Associate Professors: Hearn, Hoskin, Williams

Assistant Professors: Kim, Running, Thomas

Emeritus Faculty: Aho, Bryan, Hunter, Pierson

Goal and Mission

The goal and mission of the master's program are to prepare graduates for positions as sociological researchers in charitable non-governmental organizations, business, or government. This is accomplished by providing them with the theories, findings, and methods distinctive to sociology. Some graduates choose to pursue a sociology doctorate with the hope of college teaching, others go on to law school, still others into counseling or private consulting.

Objectives

  1. Graduates will master literature in one substantive area of sociology.
  2. Graduates will develop an understanding of sociological theories, related findings, research design and statistics.
  3. Graduates will further their professional careers by either continuing education at the doctoral level or finding employment in public service utilizing their advanced degree.

Master of Arts in Sociology

Admission Requirements

The student must apply to, and meet all criteria for, admission to the Graduate School. In addition to the general requirements of the Graduate School, the student must comply with the following departmental requirements:

  • Students must score a minimum of the 40th percentile in one of the three sections of the GRE
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0) for the last 60± credits taken as an undergraduate, or permission of the Graduate Director.
  • Include a statement of interest and career goals.
  • Three letters of recommendation must accompany the application.

For full admission to the graduate program in Sociology, the student must have completed the following courses or their equivalent:

  • Introduction to Sociology,
  • Social Theory,
  • Social Statistics, and
  • Social Science Research Methods.

In cases of deficiencies, students may be granted waivers, alternative courses, or Classified with Performance Requirements (w/PR) admission at the discretion of the Sociology Graduate Director.

General Requirements
SOC 5502Proseminar in Sociology3
SOC 5508Statistical Analysis3
SOC 6600Comparative Sociological Theories3
SOC 6603Topics in Methods3
SOC 6650Thesis6
Sociology Electives15
Total Hours33
 

The Sociology electives may be selected from 5500- and 6600-level courses in Sociology or other graduate courses approved by the Sociology Graduate Director. If SOC 4408 Advanced Sociological Methods was taken as an undergraduate, 3 credit hours of electives will be substituted for SOC 5508 Statistical Analysis. If SOC 4402 Proseminar was taken as an undergraduate,  the student is not required to take SOC 5502 at the graduate level.

Other requirements include the successful completion of a written comprehensive examination, a thesis proposal presentation and an oral defense of the completed thesis.

For more information, please consult the Sociology Graduate Student Handbook and Sociology Graduate Director.

Interdisciplinary Specialized Area in Criminal Justice

For the specialized area in Criminal Justice, students need to take the 5 courses (18 credits) required fro the MA program in Sociology, and take additional 15 credits from the courses listed below to fulfill the elective requirements.  Other requirements include the successful completion of a written comprehensive examination, a thesis proposal presentation, and an oral defense of the completed thesis.  The specialized area is an interdisciplinary curriculum shared between the Department of Political Science and the Department of Sociology, Social Work and Criminal Justice.  Other courses appropriate to the Criminal Justice emphasis may be offered by both departments and can be taken by the student with the permission of the advisor. 

MA in Sociology with Interdisciplinary Specialized Area in Criminal Justice

Required Courses18
SOC 5502Proseminar in Sociology3
SOC 5508Statistical Analysis3
SOC 6600Comparative Sociological Theories3
SOC 6603Topics in Methods3
SOC 6650Thesis1-6
 
Electives15
SOC 5531Criminology3
SOC 5592Topics in Criminal Justice3
SOC 5536Elite Deviance and Crime3
SOC 5538Sexual Crimes3
POLS 5542Constitutional Law3
POLS 5543Civil Rights and Liberties3
Other courses with variable topics such as SOC 6601, SOC 6621, SOC 6613, or SOC 6605 may be taken if these courses are offering a Criminal Justice topic.
 

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Courses

SOC 5502 Proseminar in Sociology: 3 semester hours.

An overview of the field of sociology, with emphasis on the teaching of sociology, orientation to graduate education, major sociological theories, issues, research approaches, and ethical problems in the field today. PREREQ: Permission of instructor.

SOC 5503 Contemporary Sociological Theory: 3 semester hours.

Survey and appraisal of sociological theories since 1945: structural functionalism, rational choice, conflict, symbolic interactionism, and phenomenology.

SOC 5508 Statistical Analysis: 3 semester hours.

Emphasizes advanced techniques in research design, data measurement, and multivariate analysis utilizing computer application.

SOC 5513 Mind Body and Society: 3 semester hours.

Symbolic interaction and its relation to selfhood, sympathy, illness, sexuality, and addiction; and to groupings like enemies, communities, and associations.

SOC 5531 Criminology: 3 semester hours.

Analysis of criminal law, law enforcement, judicial roles and processes, correctional approaches, the criminal offender and societal reactions. Theory and research as applicable to behavior and institutional relationships.

SOC 5536 Elite Deviance and Crime: 3 semester hours.

Explores the types of criminal behaviors engaged in by the American socioeconomic and corporate elite. The course first explores and identifies who this elite is and then examines their ideological and economic history in American society. Specific examples of elite and corporate crime are presented and discussed in class. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus.

SOC 5538 Sexual Crimes: 3 semester hours.

Complex relationships of human sexuality to law and crime. A range of sexual attitudes, practices and lifestyles will be discussed in the context of cultural norms, legal parameters and personal expression. Students will be introduced to cultural variations in defining and addressing sexuality and crime. Current theoretical explanations of sexual offending and U.S. social policies and clinical interventions for sexual offenders. Specific, evalulated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus.

SOC 5559 MA Sociology Internship: 1-3 semester hours.

The MA sociology internship will give eligible graduate students the opportunity to explore the applied work of sociology in public and private agencies and organizations, private firms and foundations. Students will be placed in supervised internship positions commensurate with their skills, abilities and career goals. Only classified students with satisfactory academic progress are eligible for this course. May be repeated for a total of 6 credits. PREREQ: Permission of instructor.

SOC 5562 Power Class and Prestige: 3 semester hours.

Theories and methodology of status systems; the relation of class to the social structure; analysis of class in different societies, with emphasis upon the class system and power. PREREQ: Permission of instructor.

SOC 5567 Community Networking:Cultivating the Sociological Imagination: 3 semester hours.

Advanced study of the sociology of community through readings, class discussions, lectures, and a community networking internship.

SOC 5583 Independent Problems in Sociology: 1-4 semester hours.

Readings, observations, applied work, or data analysis in content area not offered in our curriculum. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

SOC 5591 Topics in Sociology: 3 semester hours.

Readings, discussion, and preparation of reports on selected topics. May be repeated with different content.

SOC 5592 Topics in Criminal Justice: 3 semester hours.

Readings, discussion, and preparation of reports on selected topics. May be repeated with different content. Specific, evaluated graduate-level activities and/or performances are identified in the course syllabus.

SOC 5599 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are noted by course section and announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times. May be repeated.

SOC 6600 Comparative Sociological Theories: 3 semester hours.

Comparative analysis of various theoretical perspectives in sociology with special emphasis on structural functionalism, symbolic interactionism, exchange theory, conflict theories, phenomenology, and ethnomethodology. Primary emphasis will be placed on the major propositions of each perspective and the significant contributions of scholarship in each area. PREREQ: SOC 4403 or SOC 5503 or equivalent.

SOC 6601 Sociological Theories: 3 semester hours.

A seminar in selected topics in theory which will focus on either historical, comparative or contemporary theories. May be repeated for up to 9 credits.

SOC 6603 Topics in Methods: 3 semester hours.

In depth focus on methodological topics relevant and timely to students' needs and interests. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

SOC 6605 Social Organization: 3 semester hours.

A seminar in selected topics of social organization and disorganization which will include such themes as complex organization, industrial sociology, community, and urban studies. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.

SOC 6607 Topics in Diversity: 3 semester hours.

A seminar in selected topics of social differentiation such as stratification, minorities, etc. May be repeated for up to 6 credits.

SOC 6613 Social Behavior: 3 semester hours.

A seminar in social interaction which will consider such themes as collective behavior, social psychology, deviance, ethnography, and neo-positive approaches to behavioral analysis. May be repeated up to 6 credits.

SOC 6615 Social Institutions: 3 semester hours.

A seminar in selected aspects of medicine, law and crime, media, corporations, sports, religion, family, education, and political society. May be repeated up to 9 credits.

SOC 6620 Seminar Philosophy of Social Science: 3 semester hours.

The application of mathematical and scientific methods to the study of social, economic, and political life will be considered through the reading of certain seminal writings. Attention will be given to the fundamental assumptions about the nature of scientific rationality. Required of all D.A. students.

SOC 6621 Seminar Interdisciplinary Topics in Social Science: 3 semester hours.

Examination of selected topics in the social sciences from the analytic orientations and perspectives common and peculiar to the disciplines of political science, economics and sociology. Required of all D.A. students.

SOC 6649 Independent Studies: 1-4 semester hours.

Consultation course consisting of independent student effort under the guidance of the instructor. Students are assigned to, or request assignment to, specific independent problems on the basis of interest and preparation. This may include preparation and presentation of a major research project, directed readings, or tutorial study. May be repeated.

SOC 6650 Thesis: 1-6 semester hours.

Research, analysis, and writing of master's thesis. 6 credits of SOC 6650 are required for graduation. Continuous enrollment at a minimum of 1 credit must be maintained until the thesis is defended. May be repeated. Graded S/U.

SOC 6699 Experimental Course: 1-6 semester hours.

This is an experimental course. The course title and number of credits are noted by course section and announced in the class schedule by the scheduling department. Experimental courses may be offered no more than three times. May be repeated.

Faculty

Associate Professors

Gesine Hearn

Anthony Hoskin

DJ Williams

Assistant Professors

Jeehoon Kim

Katrina Running

Jeremy Thomas

Professors Emeriti

James Aho

Cliff Bryan

Ann Hunter

Don Pierson

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