Department of Sociology and Social Services
College of Letters, Arts, and Social Sciences
Office: Meiklejohn Hall 3095
Phone: (510) 885-3173
Benjamin P. Bowser, Ph.D. Cornell University
Willem W. Van Groenou, Ph.D. University of Illinois
Efren N. Padilla, Ph.D. Michigan State University
Carl Stempel, Ph.D. University of Oregon
Patricia Jennings (Chair), Ph.D. University of Kentucky
Will L. Johnson, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Holly Vugia, Ph.D. University of California, Berkeley
Graduate Advisor: Patricia Jennings
The Department is not accepting applications for the M.A. in Sociology. Please consult the Department for any changes.
The Department of Sociology and Social Services offers graduate study leading to the degree of Master of Arts in Sociology with a capstone examination. The candidate is responsible for the fulfillment of the general requirements stated in this catalog as well as the specific requirements of the department stated below.
Student Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with an M.A. in Sociology from Cal State East Bay will
- be able to write an original sociological analysis,
- understand the role of theory in sociology and how to apply key concepts in social analysis,
- be able to employ quantitative and qualitative research methods in sociology.
Admission ("Classified Standing")
The student should note that admission to the university as a post-baccalaureate student does not in itself constitute admission to the department's program. In general, the program is open to graduates of accredited institutions who have
- completed coursework equivalent to that required in the lower and upper division core in Sociology at Cal State East Bay,
- achieved not less than a 3.0 grade point average in all graduate and undergraduate work,
- submitted to the department letters of reference from two former instructors who are familiar with the student's academic work, and
- submitted a writing sample to the department. For "Classified Graduate" status, the student must have fulfilled the University Writing Skills Requirement. For information on meeting the University Writing Skills Requirement, see the Testing Office website at www.csueastbay.edu/testing or call 510.885.3661.
In exceptional cases, a student who has earned less than a 3.0, but above a 2.5 grade point average, may be admitted to "Conditionally Classified Graduate" standing.
Maintenance of "Classified Graduate Standing"
To maintain "Classified Graduate" standing, a grade point average of at least 3.0 must be achieved in all courses taken in the approved program, whether taken at Cal State East Bay or at some other accredited institution. If a candidate's grade point average falls below 3.0, the candidate shall be placed on probation at the end of that quarter. If while on probation the candidate fails to make progress toward raising his or her grade point average toward a 3.0, the candidate is subject to disqualification at the discretion of appropriate Cal State East Bay authorities. Disqualified students will not normally be considered for readmission to Cal State East Bay for at least one year after disqualification.
Advancement to Candidacy
A student who holds "Classified Graduate" standing may be Advanced to Candidacy for the master's degree when the student has:
- Filed an approved program of study with the department;
- Completed at least 12 quarter units of approved graduate-level work beyond the baccalaureate degree with a grade point average of 3.0 or better;
- Been recommended for Advancement to Candidacy by the department.
Curricular Requirements (45 units)
Forty-five (45) quarter units of approved courses earned in graduate standing of which 32 quarter units must be completed in residence. With departmental approval, up to 12 quarter units of upper-division work required to remove undergraduate deficiencies can be counted toward the 45 quarter units required for the degree.
All Students must complete (A) and (B) and one of four options under (C). (Note: STAT 1000 is a prerequisite for STAT 3010.)
- Core Requirements (20 units)
- SOC 6111 Advanced Sociological Research Methods I (4)
- SOC 6112 Advanced Sociological Research Methods II (4)
- SOC 6311 Seminar in Sociological Theory I (4)
- SOC 6312 Seminar in Sociological Theory II (4)
- STAT 3010 Statistical Methods in the Social Sciences (4)
- Topics Seminars in Sociology (12 units)
- SOC 6800 Topics Seminar (4) (May be taken three times for credit)
- Capstone Experiences (13 units)
- Electives chosen under advisement from upper-division courses and graduate seminars in Sociology, Statistics, Foreign Languages and/or closely-related fields (13)
- Area Comprehensive Examination (in three areas)
- Capstone paper (topic area elected in collaboration with supervising proffessor)
Upper Division Courses Acceptable for the Master's Degree
All sociology courses in the 3000-4000 series are acceptable choices in the master's program.
|Course Number||Course Information|
|6111||Advanced Sociological Research Methods I (4)
Application of scientific methods to the analysis of social phenomena, methodological orientations in sociology, types of research procedure, nature of sociological variables and their statistical treatment. Prerequisites: "Classified Graduate" standing and consent of instructor. Two hrs. seminar; 4 hrs. lab.
|6112||Advanced Sociological Research Methods II (4)
Development of individual projects, illustrating study designs, applications of scientific method in the collection, analysis, and presentation of data at advanced levels. Prerequisites: "Classified Graduate" standing; SOC 6111. Two hrs. seminar; 4 hrs. lab.
|6311||Seminar in Sociological Theory I (4)
Advanced study of classical sociological theory and related contemporary developments. Prerequisite: "Classified Graduate" standing or consent of instructor.
|6312||Seminar in Sociological Theory II (4)
Contemporary thematic and conceptual issues in the study of class, gender, race, and other categories of difference and inequality. Application of issues to development of students' interests and thesis topics. Prerequisites: "Classified Graduate" standing; SOC 6311.
|6800||Topics Seminar (4)
Presentation of selected topics beyond regular courses. Subject will vary from time to time. Prerequisites: "Classified Graduate" standing and consent of instructor. May be taken three times for credit when content varies, for a maximum of 16 units.
|6898||Cooperative Education (1-4)
Supervised work experience in which student completes academic assignments integrated with off-campus paid or volunteer activities. Prerequisites: at least a 3.0 GPA; departmental approval of activity. May be repeated for credit, for a maximum of 8 units. A maximum of 4 units will be accepted toward the Sociology major. CR/NC grading only.
|6900||Independent Study (1-4)|
|6908||Thesis Development (1-4)
Development and writing of a research paper in preparation for completing a departmental or university thesis. Supervision by a faculty committee, chaired by a regular member of the department. Prerequisites: graduate standing; must be advanced to candidacy; must have secured thesis committee chair's written approval. May be repeated once for credit, for a maximum of 8 units.
|6909||Departmental Thesis (1-4)
Completion of a research paper for submission to the department, which specifies its format. Supervision by a faculty committee, chaired by a regular member of the department. Oral defense normally required. Prerequisites: graduate standing; SOC 6908.
|6910||University Thesis (1-8)
Completion of a formal research paper for submission to the university in the specified format. Supervision by a faculty committee, chaired by a regular member of the department. Oral defense normally required. Prerequisites: graduate standing; SOC 6908.
|6999||Issues in Sociology (4)
Readings, discussion, and research on contemporary and/or significant issues in sociology. May be repeated for credit when content varies, for a maximum of 8 units.