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Sociology

MARTIN L. LEVIN, PhD
Chair
Room 231, Clement Hall
(901)-678-2611

JENI LOFTUS, PhD
Coordinator of Graduate Studies
(901) 678-4464

E-mail: jmloftus@memphis.edu

I. The Department of Sociology offers the Master of Arts degree in Sociology. Program objectives are: (1) understanding of and competence in a broad range of substantive topics and in the major theories, statistical techniques, and methodological approaches that guide the sociology discipline; (2) development of independent research skills, including data analysis and oral and written communication of research; and (3) preparation for employment in a sociology-related field or doctoral level study.

 All graduate students must comply with the general requirements of the Graduate School (see Admissions Regulations, Academic Regulations, and Minimum Degree Requirements) as well as the program requirements of the degree being pursued.

II. MA Degree Program

Graduate students who select sociology as a major should consult with the graduate coordinator.

A. Program Admission

Multiple criteria are taken into account when considering applicant admission, including, but not necessarily limited to, GPA for the last 60 hours of the undergraduate degree, letters of reference, GRE scores, the writing sample, and the availability of stipends. In addition, applicants must have satisfactorily completed courses in research methods, sociological theory, and statistics, or demonstrate equivalency.

B. Program Requirements

  1. Students may choose one of two degree programs:
    1. The thesis program requires thirty (30) semester hours of graduate level work, which includes 3-6 hours of Sociology 7996 (Thesis). Students may not enroll for more than six hours of Sociology 7996 until they have successfully defended their thesis proposal to their thesis committee. NOTE: Students should familiarize themselves with the Thesis/Dissertation Preparation Guidebefore starting to write.
      1. At least 24 semester hours of course work must be in sociology.
      2. The oral defense of the thesis counts as a comprehensive examination.
    2. The non-thesis program requires thirty-three (33) semester hours of graduate level work and the passing of both written and oral comprehensive examinations.
      1. At least 27 semester hours must be in sociology.
      2. The student must remove all grades of incomplete from his or her record before taking the comprehensive examination.
    3. The successful completion of the following courses is required of all majors: SOCI 6312, SOCI 7210, SOCI 7320. A minimum grade of "3.0" is required in each.
    4. No more than 6 semester hours of SOCI 7912, Directed Individual Study, may be counted toward the degree without permission from the graduate coordinator.
    5. A graduate student whose cumulative grade point average in sociology drops below 3.00 will be placed on departmental review. Being on departmental review at the conclusion of a subsequent semester may result in suspension. Conditions under which continuation in the program beyond two or more semesters on departmental review will be granted must be recommended by the department's graduate committee and the department chair. If, in the opinion of the graduate committee, the chair, the College of Arts and Sciences' Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Research, and the Vice Provost for Graduate Programs, the student is not making satisfactory progress toward degree completion, the student will be dismissed from the degree program. Students are ineligible for graduate assistantships while on departmental review, but may apply/reapply for an assistantship once their departmental review status has been removed.
    6. According to Graduate School policy, students must complete the requirements to remove a grade of "I" (incomplete) within 90 days from the end of the semester or summer term in which it was received or the "I" changes to an "F." If unusual circumstances prevent the student from removing the "I" within 90 days, a 45-day extension may be granted. It is the student's responsibility to request an extension. The department will allow students who received a grade of "I" that changes to an "F" to submit a written request to the graduate committee for a grade change. The request must be made after the student has completed requirements for the course in which the "F" was received and must spell out the reasons why the student was unable to complete the requirements for the course prior to the "I" becoming an "F." In addition, the request must be made within one year of the beginning of the semester or term in which the student enrolled in the course. If the faculty member from which the student received the "I" and the graduate committee agree that extraordinary circumstances prevented the student from completing requirements for the course before the "I" changed to an "F," they will recommend to the department chair that the student's "F" be changed. If the chair agrees with the recommendation of the faculty member and the graduate committee, the chair will recommend to the Vice Provost for Graduate Studies that the student's grade be changed.

III. Accelerated B.A./M.A. Program in Sociology

This program allows outstanding undergraduates to begin the coursework for the Master of Arts in Sociology during their senior year. Students are encouraged to begin planning to enter the Accelerated B.A./M.A. program early in their undergraduate career, in consultation with their advisor in the Department of Sociology.

Working with the undergraduate and graduate academic coordinators, undergraduates selected into this program begin a carefully tailored course of study which will allow them to complete their B.A. degree while they also begin the coursework toward their M.A.

To apply, students should have a minimum 3.25 grade point average, and must submit two reference letters and a copy of their transcript to the Sociology department. Exceptions to the minimum GPA will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Each applicant will complete an interview with the graduate academic coordinator in sociology.

Students must also apply to the Graduate School for "combination senior" status, which allows them to take graduate courses in sociology. To continue in the program past the B.A., students must apply for full admission into the Graduate School and into the Sociology department's M.A. program.

Up to 9 hours of graduate course work may be applied to both the undergraduate and graduate programs.

Students in the accelerated B.A./M.A. program in sociology may choose either the thesis or the non-thesis option for the M.A.


SOCIOLOGY (SOCI)

In addition to the courses below, the department may offer the following Special Topics courses:
SOCI 6900-09. Special Topics in Sociology. (3). Topics are varied and announced in online class listings.

SOCI 7901-7909–8901-8909. Special Topics in Sociology. (1-3).


SOCI 6210 - Rise of Sociological Theory (3)
Nature, grounds, and explanatory powers of various forms of sociological theory; analysis of bases for scientific and philosophical assumptions and social and political contexts; major theorists including Durkheim, Marx, Weber, Simmel.

SOCI 6211 - Contemp Soc Theory (3)
A course that examines the trends and the development in sociological theory from the mid-20th century to today. Theories covered range from descriptive to explanatory to critical theories of social action, organization, inequality, and change, as well as the interaction between people, groups, and even societies.

SOCI 6312 - Intermed Soc Stat (3)
Multivariate analysis of social data; use of computer programs for data management and statistical analysis. PREREQUISITES: SOCI 3311 and 3322, or their equivalent, or permission of the instructor.

SOCI 6425 - Environmental Sociology (3)
Role of social institutions, power, and inequality in shaping environmental discourse and action; dynamics of environmental social movements.

SOCI 6842 - Soci Of Occup & Prof (3)
Sociological analysis of the division of labor, occupational groupings, career patterns, and professional associations in modern American society.

SOCI 7210 - Theory Seminar (3)
An advanced analysis of recent developments in sociological theory, including the relationship of theory to empirical research.

SOCI 7212 - Mult Racial Femnst Thry (3)
Intensive analysis of major figures and issues in contemporary multi-racial feminist theory, emphasis on theory that grapples with conceptual and methodological requirements for multi-racial feminist politics of diversity that draws on both United States and international scholarship.

SOCI 7320 - Sem Meth Soc Res (3)
Issues and techniques in data collection for the design and implementation of independent research projects; logic of conducting social scientific research, ethical considerations, logic of sampling, various methods of collecting data for social research (e.g. experimental design, participant observation, survey research/questionnaire construction, and content analysis), and writing research proposals.

SOCI 7322 - Sem Quant Data Analysis (3)
Preparation, analysis, and interpretation of existing quantitative data; data processing, multivariate analysis, interpretation, and writing results for research projects. PREREQUISITE: SOCI 6312, equivalent, or permission of instructor.

SOCI 7325 - Sem Qualitative Resrch (3)
Examination of qualitative social science research methods, particularly the rationale behind these methods, how and when they are employed, and processes of analyzing qualitative data.

SOCI 7410 - Sociology Of Gender (3)
Social definitions of gender and impact of these definitions on women's and men's lives; women's and men's responses to these conditions.

SOCI 7411 - Social Stratification (3)
Theoretical analysis of how social class status and power shape social relations, determine life chances, and affect attitudes, opinions, and political choices of individuals and groups; processes that perpetuate systems of class, gender, and race inequality, and degree of social mobility in societies.

SOCI 7421 - Racial & Social Inequal (3)
(7810). A comparative study of racial, ethnic, and social minorities focusing on inequality as global and historical phenomena. Includes theoretical and empirical research on multiple interactions of race, class and gender.

SOCI 7442 - Sociology Of Poverty (3)
Patterns of wealth and income inequality in contemporary society; consequences of poverty for society and individuals in various institutional contexts. Critical evaluation of traditional theories of poverty and contemporary alternatives.

SOCI 7450 - Seminar On Aging (3)
Aging as sociological phenomenon through understanding and applying principles of gerontological analysis to contemporary topics in aging, including acquaintance with and use of computer accessible literature data base.

SOCI 7511 - Theories Of Deviance (3)
A seminar in the sociological approaches to the study of deviance and social disorganization with an emphasis on current sociological theory and research.

SOCI 7631 - Urban Theory Seminar (3)
Competing theories and accompanying research findings on current issues in macro and micro urban theory; rise and fall of cities; effects of urbanism and urban form on individual and group behavior; how urban social groups (e.g., social classes, race/ethnic groups) manage their lives and their relations with others, and how these groups mobilize in efforts to change or resist change.

SOCI 7655 - Socio Found Cmmty Stds (3)
Ecological, interaction, and social system perspectives for community analysis; contemporary applications of theories within context of American society; implications of current changes for community life and social stratification, leadership and power structure, social differentiation and integration, community development, and ideology.

SOCI 7711 - Sem Globlztn/Soc Chng (3)
Sociological and historical perspectives on social, political, and economic differences among countries and regions of the world; global/ transnational processes in uneven development; state formation; class transformation; democracy.

SOCI 7721 - Sem Social Movements (3)
Origins, organization, and consequences of intentional, collective efforts at social change; social movement theory; in-depth examination of selected movements, both domestic and international.

SOCI 7751 - Sem Socio Social Psyc (3)
Advanced course in sociological social psychology surveying various classical and contemporary microsociological theories and methodological orientations. Topics include symbolic interaction, role theory, dramaturgical analysis, self and socialization, social exchange, group dynamics and many other relevant current research and theoretical perspectives.

SOCI 7811 - Sociology of Organizations (3)
(7460). Examination of competing theories of formal and complex organizations and accompanying empirical research on macro organizational behavior, the internal and external dynamics of organizations, the relationships between organizations and institutions, and organizational change.

SOCI 7820 - Sem Soci Of Education (3)
Schools and school life from sociological perspective; how societal objectives are translated into school policies and practices.

SOCI 7830 - Seminar In Family (3)
(7420). An advanced course that is primarily concerned with research findings in the area of family disorganization, changes in family structure and function, parent-child interaction, working mothers, and problems of aging.

SOCI 7851 - Medical Sociology (3)
Sociological understandings of society, demographic processes, organizations, behavior, and health.

SOCI 7852 - Soci Mental Illness (3)
Social meaning of mental illness, with special emphasis on the cultural, organizational, and behavioral contexts of the occurrence and management of mental illness.

SOCI 7853 - Gender And Health (3)
Advanced course on sociological understandings of gender, health, and illness in the US; topics include health status, health behaviors, reproductive health, health professions, care-giving, aging and mortality with special attention to women and men of different class, racial, and ethnic groups.

SOCI 7860 - Sem Soci Of Religion (3)
A sociological examinations of religious institutions; cultural and social factors associated with religious structure, religious values, and religious behavior ; secularization of culture and change of social structure; analysis of religious organizations, religious leadership, and religious movements.

SOCI 7912 - Directed Indiv Study (1-4)
Individually directed advanced reading and/or research in special areas of interest. NOTE: Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit. PREREQUISITE: Permissions of Coordinator of Graduate Studies. Grades of A-F, or IP will be given.

SOCI 7914 - Wrkshp For Grad Assts (1-3)
Presentations of research methods and scholarly output by faculty, graduate students, and visiting scholars. May be repeated for a maximum of 12 credit hours. NOTE: Sociology majors may not use this course to fulfill degree requirements. PREREQUISITE: Limited to sociology majors; permission of graduate coordinator. Grades of S, U, or IP will be given.

SOCI 7996 - Thesis (1-6)
Supervised research in preparation for advanced degree thesis. Grades of S, U, or IP will be given.

SOCI 8210 - Theory Seminar (3)
An advanced analysis of recent developments in sociological theory, including the relationship of theory to empirical research.

SOCI 8212 - Mult Racial Femnst Thry (3)
Intensive analysis of major figures and issues in contemporary multi-racial feminist theory, emphasis on theory that grapples with conceptual and methodological requirements for multi-racial feminist politics of diversity that draws on both United States and international scholarship.

SOCI 8320 - Sem Meth Soc Res (3)
Issues and techniques in data collection for the design and implementation of independent research projects; logic of conducting social scientific research, ethical considerations, logic of sampling, various methods of collecting data for social research (e.g. experimental design, participant observation, survey research/questionnaire construction, and content analysis), and writing research proposals.

SOCI 8325 - Sem Qualitative Resrch (3)
Examination of qualitative social science research methods, particularly the rationale behind these methods, how and when they are employed, and processes of analyzing qualitative data.

SOCI 8410 - Sociology Of Gender (3)
Social definitions of gender and impact of these definitions on women's and men's lives; women's and men's responses to these conditions.

SOCI 8411 - Social Stratification (3)
Theoretical analysis of how social class status and power shape social relations, determine life chances, and affect attitudes, opinions, and political choices of individuals and groups; processes that perpetuate systems of class, gender, and race inequality, and degree of social mobility in societies.

SOCI 8422 - Race/Class/Gender (3)
Concepts, theories, and contemporary empirical research regarding multiple intersections of race, class, and gender; implications for sociological theory and methodology.

SOCI 8442 - Sociology Of Poverty (3)
Patterns of wealth and income inequality in contemporary society; consequences of poverty for society and individuals in various institutional contexts. Critical evaluation of traditional theories of poverty and contemporary alternatives.

SOCI 8511 - Theories Of Deviance (3)
A seminar in the sociological approaches to the study of deviance and social disorganization with an emphasis on current sociological theory and research.

SOCI 8655 - Socio Found Cmmty Stds (3)
Ecological, interaction, and social system perspectives for community analysis; contemporary applications of theories within context of American society; implications of current changes for community life and social stratification, leadership and power structure, social differentiation and integration, community development, and ideology.

SOCI 8711 - Sem Globlztn/Soc Chng (3)
Sociological and historical perspectives on social, political, and economic differences among countries and regions of the world; global/ transnational processes in uneven development; state formation; class transformation; democracy.

SOCI 8721 - Sem Social Movements (3)
Origins, organization, and consequences of intentional, collective efforts at social change; social movement theory; in-depth examination of selected movements, both domestic and international.

SOCI 8751 - Sem Socio Social Psyc (3)
Advanced course in sociological social psychology surveying various classical and contemporary microsociological theories and methodological orientations. Topics include symbolic interaction, role theory, dramaturgical analysis, self and socialization, social exchange, group dynamics and many other relevant current research and theoretical perspectives.

SOCI 8811 - Sociology of Organizations (3)
(7460). Examination of competing theories of formal and complex organizations and accompanying empirical research on macro organizational behavior, the internal and external dynamics of organizations, the relationships between organizations and institutions, and organizational change.

SOCI 8830 - Seminar In Family (3)
(7420). An advanced course that is primarily concerned with research findings in the area of family disorganization, changes in family structure and function, parent-child interaction, working mothers, and problems of aging.

SOCI 8851 - Medical Sociology (3)
Sociological understandings of society, demographic processes, organizations, behavior, and health.

SOCI 8852 - Soci Mental Illness (3)
Social meaning of mental illness, with special emphasis on the cultural, organizational, and behavioral contexts of the occurrence and management of mental illness.

SOCI 8860 - Sem Soci Of Religion (3)
A sociological examinations of religious institutions; cultural and social factors associated with religious structure, religious values, and religious behavior ; secularization of culture and change of social structure; analysis of religious organizations, religious leadership, and religious movements.

SOCI 8912 - Directed Indiv Study (1-4)
Individually directed advanced reading and/or research in special areas of interest. NOTE: Course may be repeated for a maximum of 6 hours credit. PREREQUISITE: Permission of Coordinator of Graduate Studies. Grades of A-F, or IP will be given.

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