The M.A. degree requires a minimum of 30 graduate credits, including 6 hours of thesis preparation. The Ph.D. requires a minimum of 36 additional credit hours, including 12 hours of dissertation preparation. Consult the Sociology Graduate Student Handbook for further information (http://www.cas.sc.edu/socy/GradHandbook.pdf).
The minimum requirements for the M.A. are:
(SOCY 500-789) a maximum of 3 credit hours earned from other departments may be applied toward this requirement.
The M.A. requires a minimum of 30 credit hours beyond the B.A. or B.S.. This includes 6 hours of thesis preparation. Consult the Sociology Graduate Student Handbook for further information (http://www.cas.sc.edu/socy/GradHandbook.pdf).
1, Theoretical and Substantive Foundations
6 hours in one of four areas of department specialization: a) Methods, b) Population & Health, c) Institutions & Inequalities, d) Social Psychology). No more than six hours can be at 500 level.
2. Research Methods and Statistics (6 Hours)
SOCY 561 (Advanced Sociological Research Methods) and SOCY 730.
3. Electives (6 Hours)
(SOCY 500-891); a maximum of 3 credit hours earned from other departments on campus may be applied toward this requirement.
4. Thesis and Research Preparation (6 Hours)
Six hours of sociology courses at the 500 level or higher
Students must maintain a B average for all graduate courses taken at the University of South Carolina. Grades below B are generally unacceptable in graduate school. After completing 12 hours of graduate credit at the University, students whose cumulative GPA falls below 3.00 are dropped from the program without further review. Also, students receiving a second grade of C+ or below are dropped from the program without further review.
For transfer students who do not hold a master’s degree, some program requirements may be waived if the student has taken a course or its equivalent in graduate work elsewhere and earned a grade of A (excluding A-). However, such waivers may not exceed 6 credit hours to be applied toward the 30-hour requirement for the master’s degree. Students requesting a waiver must inform the Graduate Program Committee in writing. The Graduate Program Committee evaluates the files of students to determine whether a waiver is warranted.
As students near the end of their course work, they select a thesis committee composed of at least three member’s of the department’s faculty. Faculty members have the right of refusal. The student chooses one faculty member to serve as director. The director of the Thesis Committee notifies the director of the Graduate Program Committee in writing of the composition of the Thesis Committee. The director of the Graduate Program Committee informs the chair of the department and the dean of The Graduate School of the composition of the Thesis Committee. Pursuant to the rules of The Graduate School, the department and The Graduate School must approve the Thesis Committee. Working with the Thesis Committee, the student prepares a thesis proposal. The Thesis Committee has the right to approve, request revisions, or reject the proposal. The committee also conducts an oral comprehensive examination to determine if the student has acquired the theoretical and methodological background required to complete the proposed research. For full-time students, this examination usually occurs late in the first semester of the second year of study. Students who fail the M.A. comprehensive examination twice are removed from the program without further review.
If the Thesis Committee approves the proposal and the oral examination, all members sign a letter stating that the student has passed the comprehensive examination. The director of the Thesis Committee provides a copy of this letter to the chair of the department and gives the original letter to the director of the Graduate Program Committee. The original letter is placed in the student’s file. The director of the Graduate Program Committee notifies the dean of The Graduate School that the student has passed the comprehensive examination.
After the student submits the thesis for evaluation, the Thesis Committee conducts an oral examination to determine if the proposed work has been successfully completed. The committee members have the right to approve, request revisions and further analysis to, or reject the thesis. The M.A. degree is granted only after the Thesis Committee approves the thesis, all members sign the title page, The Graduate School accepts the approved thesis, and all other requirements are met.
1, 560 is the same content as 710, but is infrequently offered. We would like to offer it more reguarlly to meet demands at the graduate and undergradute levels. The content or method of evaluation would not change.
2, the proposed program changes eliminate the "theory" requirements in favor of more focus and specialization in a department area of specialization: a) methods, b) social psychology, c) institutions and inequalities, and d) population and health. There are several reasons for this prioposed change. First, all of our courses that are not methods courses are, in actuality, theory courses. Second, we need a mechanim for graduate students to get broad training in their core focus areas. By elimnating the theory requirement (where many students ended up taking a hodgepodge of courses), students will be better equippred to pursue their research (theses, dissertations, etc.), teach courses in their specializations, and be better positioned for today's competitive job market (both within and outside academia).
3, We need to require a survey of resaerch methodologies course (SOCY 561). This course, has long been on the books (also offered as SOCY 720) but not reuquired. As a survey course, the goal of the course is twofold: i) provide students with a broad overview of the methodologies best equipped to answer thier resaerch questions, and ii) make students broadly coversant in resaerch methodologies, so that they can also evaluate and apprecipate work outside of their resaerch specialty area.
4, We wish to reduce the number of electives from 9 to 6 hours to provide more focus on core courses.
The remainder of the program will be the same.
Please do not include information not intended for the Graduate Bulletin (replacement of 515).
Justification language indicating expectations will be the same in 500 level classes for both undergraduate and graduate students needs to be removed. Please see ACAF 2.03
Note: Learning outcomes have to be completed through OIRAA's Assessment Plan Composer. Emailed proponent, contact LaTrice. Minor revisions -No action required by BOT, CHE, or SACS.
This update will appear in the 2018-19 Graduate Studies Bulletin to be published 15 February 2018.