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Department of Applied Social and Cultural Sciences

Master of Arts in Sociology with Emphasis in Sociological Practice Offered through Weekend College Program, Admission Moratorium as of September 2008

This degree provides in-depth knowledge and skills for those who wish to become practicing sociologists. Education is furnished in the ethical use of both applied (research-based) and clinical (intervention) sociology. Those who gain this degree will have the necessary sociological insight to assist in positive transformation of the community.

Admission Application Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended must be submitted in support of an admission application
  2. A grade point average of 2.50 overall and at least 3.00 for the last 60 semester hours earned
  3. Proof of a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) taken within the last five years
  4. Submission of a personal statement detailing preparation to undertake the degree and reasons for wishing to study for the degree
  5. Two letters of recommendation not more than one year old from persons knowledgeable (college instructors or relevant employers) of the professional potential of the applicant (forms supplied by the University)
  6. Interview with faculty member(s) of the Department of Applied Social and Cultural Sciences

NOTE: Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission.

International Students

An international student seeking admission into the master’s degree program for a Master of Arts in sociology should refer to page 35 of this bulletin for additional information on credentials needed for admission.

Conditional Admission

Conditional acceptance is granted on the merits of each case. In some circumstances, applicants who do not meet all of the requirements for regular admission may be admitted conditionally, providing they fulfill the conditions listed in their letters of conditional acceptance within the period of specified time. If conditional acceptance is given because of missing official credentials, the period of time to provide those documents will not extend beyond the first term of attendance.

Special Admission

Students may apply for admission as a special student for their own personal interests or to transfer credit to a home institution. Acceptance as a special student does not guarantee future admission as a regular degree-seeking student.

Special students who desire to change their status to that of a regular student must apply for admission to the Sociology Admissions Committee and gain approval of the dean of the School of Professional Studies.

Should a special student be admitted as regular student, no more than 12 semester hours earned as a special student may be applied toward a degree, and there is no guarantee that courses taken as a special student will be accepted as part of a degree curricula.

Admission Deadline

The deadline for submitting a completed application for the degree program is one month prior to the first day of regular registration for each trimester.

Academic Requirements

Students must complete the following requirements in addition to coursework:

  1. Computer Literacy Requirement
  2. Passing grade on Comprehensive Examination.
  3. Practicum

Master of Arts Specialization: Sociology with Emphasis in Sociological Practice

36 semester hours

Offered through Weekend College Program

The following coursework must be completed to fulfill academic requirements of the degree:

Sociological Theory:

SOCI 6303

Social Theory

Sociological Research Methods:

SOCI 6315

Sociological Practice Research I: Qualitative Methods

SOCI 6316

Sociological Practice Research II: Quantitative Methods

Substantive Area Seminars:

SOCI 6321

Organizational Context of Sociological Practice

SOCI 6325

Demography

SOCI 6329

Policy Planning

SOCI 6333

Society and Health

SOCI 6355

Crime and Punishment

Practice Experience:

SOCI 6389

Practicum

Elective:

Two 6000 level or above elective Sociology courses (six hours)
(may include the remaining substantive area seminar listed above)

Thesis or One 6000-level or Above Elective Course (three hours)

SOCI 7391

Thesis

OR

One 6000-level or above elective (three hours)

Master of Arts in Human Sciences (Interdisciplinary Master's Degree)

This degree provides intensive interdisciplinary education in the practical and ethical use of the theory and methodology of the human social behavioral sciences. The degree is intended to enhance the knowledge and skills of non-clinical professionals so that they may make a positive contribution to the community.

Admission Application Requirements

Regular Admission

  1. Official transcripts from all regionally accredited institutions previously attended must be submitted in support of an admission application
  2. A grade point average of 2.50 overall and at least 3.00 for the last 60 semester hours earned
  3. Proof of a satisfactory score on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Miller Analogies Test (MAT) taken within the last five years
  4. Submission of a personal statement detailing preparation to undertake the degree and reasons for wishing to study for the degree
  5. Two letters of recommendation not more than one year old from persons knowledgeable (college instructors or relevant employers) of the professional potential of the applicant (forms supplied by the University)
  6. Interview with member(s) of the Human Sciences program faculty

Meeting minimum admission standards does not guarantee admission.

International Students

An international student seeking admission into the master’s degree program for a Master of Arts in human sciences should refer to page 35 of this bulletin for additional information on credentials needed for admission.

Conditional Admission

Conditional acceptance is granted on the merits of each case. In some circumstances, applicants who do not meet all of the requirements for regular admission may be admitted conditionally, providing they fulfill the conditions listed in their letters of conditional acceptance within the period of specified time. If conditional acceptance is given because of missing official credentials, the period of time to provide those documents will not extend beyond the first term of attendance.

Special Admission

Students may apply for admission as a special student for their own personal interests or to transfer credit to a home institution. Acceptance as a special student does not guarantee future admission as a regular degree-seeking student.

Special students who desire to change their status to that of a regular student must apply for admission to the Human Sciences program and gain approval of the dean of the School of Professional Studies.

Should a special student be admitted as a regular student, no more than 12 semester hours earned as a special student may be applied toward a degree, and there is no guarantee that courses taken as a special student will be accepted as part of a degree curricula.

Admission Deadline

The deadline for submitting a completed application for the degree program is one month prior to the first day of regular registration for each semester.

Academic Requirements

Students will be expected to complete the following requirements in addition to required coursework:

  1. Computer literacy requirement
  2. Passing grade on Comprehensive Examination over Concentration area

Master of Arts

Specialization: Human Sciences

36 semester hours

Also offered through the Weekend College Program

The following coursework must be completed to fulfill academic requirements for the degree.

Six hours:

SOCI 6315

Sociological Practice Research I: Qualitative Methods

SOCI 6316

Sociological Practice Research II: Quantitative Methods

15 hours: Concentration Area I (human behavioral science area: psychology, sociology, or organizational leadership)

15 hours: Concentration Area II (any of these areas, but must be different from Concentration Area I: education, psychology, or sociology)

A concentration area is comprised of 15 semester hours of coursework in a single discipline. Two concentration areas must be completed. Concentration Area I must be in the human social behavioral science area and Concentration Area II may be chosen from any of the other areas listed above.

Education Concentration:

Required: Take the following six hours:

EDUC 6359

Applied Learning and Development

COUN 6325

Vocational and Aptitude Assessment

Education: Choose nine semester hours from the following:

EDUC 6311

Research Methods and Procedures

EDUC 6317

Advanced Childhood Growth and Development

SPED 6305

Individual Differences: Advanced Studies

SPED 8303

Professional Seminar: Special Education Law

SPED 7312

Bilingual Special Education: Assessment and Instruction

SPED 6323

Behavior Analysis and Intervention OR

SPED 7373

Emotional Disturbances and Related Disorders

COUN 6351

Guidance and Counseling Services

Organizational Leadership Concentration:

Required: Take the following six hours:

LEAD 6310

Introduction to Leadership Theories

LEAD 6321

Leadership Strategies and Processes

Organizational Leadership: Choose nine semester hours from the following:

LEAD 6322

Critical Thinking and Problem Analysis for Leaders

LEAD 6341

Introduction to Leadership Research Methods

LEAD 6351

Readings in Leadership

LEAD 6360

Multi-Cultural Issues in Leadership

LEAD 6362

Written Communication for Leaders

Psychology Concentration:

Psychology: Choose fifteen semester hours from the following:

PSYC 5330G

Violence Prevention and Intervention

PSYC 5361G

Selected Topics in Psychology

PSYC 5365G

Death, Dying and Grief

PSYC 5371G

Adult Learning: Theories and Techniques

PSYC 5385G

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

PSYC 5410G

Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback

PSYC 6321

Psychological Measurement and Evaluation

PSYC 6325

Vocational and Aptitude Assessment

PSYC 6353

Career Resource and Technology

PSYC 6358

Life Planning and Career Development

PSYC 6380

Research Design and Procedures

PSYC 6390

Selected Topics in Psychology

PSYC 7351

Life Span Developmental Psychology

PSYC 8356

Normal Family Processes Across Cultures

PSYC 5363G

Mental Health and Aging

Sociology Concentration:

Sociology: Choose fifteen semester hours from the following:

SOCI 4330G

Violence in Communities and Families

SOCI 5315G

Child Welfare

SOCI 5316G

Services to Children Exposed to Violence

SOCI 5368G

Sociology of Aging

SOCI 6303

Social Theory

SOCI 6321

Organizational Context of Sociological Practice

SOCI 6325

Demography

SOCI 6329

Policy Planning

SOCI 6333

Society and Health

SOCI 6355

Crime and Punishment

SOCI 6389

Practicum

SOCI 6390

Selected Readings

Note: While all courses in Houston are offered in the weekend format, courses that may apply to the Human Sciences degree are offered in a combination of weekend and evening hours in San Antonio. Most psychology courses are offered in the evening, for example, and most sociology courses are offered on the weekends.

Students admitted to the Human Science program may not transfer to another master’s degree program.