M.A. Sociological Practice

The Master of Arts degree in Sociological Practice has been designed primarily as a terminal degree for students seeking careers in community college teaching, the human services or criminal justice sectors, or a preparation for advanced graduate study.

The list below summarizes the primary skills and knowledge that students graduating with a Master of Arts in Sociological Practice degree will possess:


1. Developing critical reasoning and social service delivery and sociological practice with particular attention to social justice implications.

2. Locate, analyze, assess and communicate a range of sociological scholarship and discourse.

3. Critically apply social theory to the development and assessment of social policies and programs in domestic and global contexts.

4. Learn effective communication skills to become strong advocates for sociologically informed decision-making.

5. Acquire advanced research skills in applied and evaluation research using both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

6. Appreciate the varying perspectives, experiences, and belief-knowledge systems based in constructions of gender, race, ethnicity, nationality, and class in preparatory and core courses that focus on age, religion, region, ability and sexuality

7. Apply all of the above to a substantive area for research, epistemological development, and translation to public sociology.