Master of Arts in Public Sociology Courses

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Courses

(All courses are 3 credits and are listed in the recommended sequence)

Core Courses


SOC 5110 Sociological Theory
This course provides a systematic review of classical and contemporary sociological theory and its application to social situations and social problems. Students will learn about classical theorists, contemporary perspectives on society, and the social and organizational contexts in which these theories were developed.

RES 5240 Applied Research Methods
This course involves the study of research design, and the quantitative and qualitative methods that can be used in addressing research questions. Students will be introduced to social scientific inquiry and the research design process, as well as some of the most common quantitative and qualitative research methodologies. Through the process of critiquing research articles, students will learn how to determine the appropriate use of research design, recognize errors and biases in conducting research, and communicate the methods and results of particular studies.

ORG 6499 Cultural Diversity & Individual Differences
This course provides a systematic review of the wide range of cultures and individual differences and the ways in which cultural mores, ethnocentrism, and factors such as matters of race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, customs and cultures impact behavior of the individual themselves and of those around them. Through this course, students better understand themselves and others, in terms of perceptions and behaviors.

Applied Sociology Specialization

SOC 5610 Structure and Function of Non-profit and Government Organizations
In this course, the non-profit organization, the governmental organization, and their structure and function are examined. Students will become familiar with different types of non-profit and governmental organizations and their interrelated and often interdependent functions. Students will learn about the complexity of the public and non-profit sectors functioning as a dynamic system of interrelated yet separate organizations that are governed by social and fiscal policy and regulation.

SOC 5620 Sociology of Work in Contemporary Society
This course explores theories and concepts of work in contemporary society within and external to formal employment, and the intersection of work, gender, and family. Students will understand a broad range of experiences of work, drawing upon research on how temporal, socio-economic, gender and family roles, culture, and other factors shape work experiences. Students will also consider implications for policy and practice.

SOC 5630 Community Organizations and Analysis
This course explores the structure, function, and culture of community organizations, and the ways in which social scientists can use qualitative and quantitative data to inform decision-making, identify and address needs, and evaluate processes and outcomes. Students will read and analyze a variety of case studies and approaches that address these issues

HUM 5060 Grant Writing
This course provides an overview of the process of grant writing, from researching and identifying appropriate funding sources to writing a successful proposal. The course covers information that staff and volunteers in community based organizations, educational institutions/organizations, public agencies, and special Interest groups need in order to use grant writing as an effective conduit to supporting their programs and efforts. While many textbooks on grant writing provide detailed information, the material is more accessible when presented by a successful program developer, grant writer, and evaluator who will devote time during the course to answer questions and provide feedback on mock proposals under development.

Medical Sociology Specialization

SOC 5510 Sociology of Health and Medicine
Through this course, students will develop an understanding of social factors that influence health, wellness, and health care delivery systems. Course topics include social and demographic influences on health, social roles in prevention and illness, medical care institutions and their systems and structures, and the intersection between social policy and health.

SOC 5520 Social Epidemiology
This course provides a perspective on understanding how social, psychological, political, cultural, and economic circumstances influence health. Epidemiology is the study of health patterns in a population, their causes, and means of prevention. It provides the scientific basis for evidence-based medicine and strategies to improve public health. Students will learn about the intersection of social theory and epidemiology to explore the connections between social factors and health, with a particular focus on the connections between social and health inequalities.

SOC 5530 Structure and Function of Health Care Organizations
In this course, health care organizations and their structures and functions are examined. Students will become familiar with the different organizations that comprise the health care delivery system, and their interrelated components. Students will learn about the complexity of health care delivery as a dynamic system of interrelated yet separate organizations that are governed by health policy and regulation.

HUM 5060 Grant Writing
This course provides an overview of the process of grant writing, from researching and identifying appropriate funding sources to writing a successful proposal. The course covers information that staff and volunteers in community based organizations, educational institutions/organizations, public agencies, and special Interest groups need in order to use grant writing as an effective conduit to supporting their programs and efforts. While many textbooks on grant writing provide detailed information, the material is more accessible when presented by a successful program developer, grant writer, and evaluator who will devote time during the course to answer questions and provide feedback on mock proposals under development.

Elective Courses

HUD 6001 Overview of Human Development
This course provides a foundation of human development theory from birth to death. Students will learn about classic and contemporary research and perspectives about human development throughout the life span. Topics focus on the nature of development that involves biological, cognitive, and socio-emotional processes of development. Included in the course are biological and environmental influences within different age groups, including concepts of age.

HUD 5440 Optimizing Aging: Learning, Leisure, and Social Interaction
This course focuses on recent theory related to the elderly within a social context. Students will be able to personally relate with the aging process and the skills necessary to cope with the emotional and physical challenges associated with the aging process, including how society responds to older adults. Topics include demographics, stereotypes and attitudes, intimate relationships, recreation, physical ability, wellness, family relationships, caregiving, employment and retirement, finances, living environments, crimes against and by older adults, social programs, and political power of the older cohort.

PSY 5420 Principles of Social Psychology
This course provides an introduction and overview of the principles and theories of social psychology. The course includes exploration of behavior in groups, group impacts on individual behavior and the ways in which organizational rules and norms impact behavior. Constructs of social psychology, including social influence, social thinking, and attitude formation are covered and related to sociological and psychological research.

Capstone Course

SOC 6910 Public Sociology Capstone
This capstone course addresses the application of sociological theory and research methods to social problems or policy concerns in organizations or communities. Students can either choose from a selection of case studies provided or identify a local organization with an applied or medical social problem or policy issue and develop a proposed solution that applies their learning through an integrative project plan that combines theory, research, and practice. Prerequisite: All coursework completed.

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