Students will write a master's thesis (Plan A), complete a comprehensive study paper (Plan B), or pursue a culminating experience exam (Plan C). The student's schedule of courses must be approved by the faculty adviser.

Students in the master's thesis option (Plan A) complete a minimum of 30 credits, including at least 16 didactic credits, and a master's thesis. Students in the comprehensive study option (Plan B) complete a minimum of 30 credits, including at least 21 didactic credits, and a master's paper. Students in the culminating experience option (Plan C) complete a minimum of 33 credits, including at least 21 didactic credits, and an exam. An oral defense of the thesis, research paper, or exam is required.

Requirements for the M.S. degree in sociology are as follows:

SOC 723Social Theory3
SOC 700Qualitative Methods3
SOC 701Quantitative Methods3
Complete an additional 21 credits (including thesis or research paper) or 24 credits (including culminating experience exam)
Complete a research-based thesis, comprehensive study paper, or comprehensive exam and pass an oral defense of the thesis, paper, or exam administered by the student's supervisory committee.

Pamela Emanuelson, Ph.D.
University of South Carolina, 2008
Research Interests: Small Group Processes, Social Psychology, Mathematical Sociology. Economic Sociology, Sociopolitical Evolution

Dane R. Mataic, Ph.D.
The Pennsylvania State University, 2018
Research Interests: Mobilization, International Conflict, Social Inequalities, Sociology of Religion, Organizations

Christina D. Weber, Ph.D.
State University of New York - University at Buffalo, 2005
Research Interests: Social Theory, Feminist Theory, Sociology of Gender, Memory and Trauma Studies, Social Change

Christopher M. Whitsel, Ph.D.
Indiana University, 2009
Research Interests: Social Inequality, Research Methods, Global Comparative Sociology, Post-Soviet Central Asia


Leretta Smith, Ph.D.
South Dakota State University, 2007
Research interests: Family, Education, and Gender