- Professor and Head of the Department
- S.H. Riggins
The degrees of Master of Arts, Master of Philosophy and Doctor of Philosophy are offered in Sociology by full-time or part-time study. The department has developed foci at the doctoral level in the areas of Maritime Sociology, Gender, and Work and Development but other fields of specialization are available at the Master's level including Social Theory, Sociology of Knowledge, Social Inequality and Criminology. Graduate courses are taught as tutorials or small seminars.
Minimum admission requirements are a B average in undergraduate studies with a good undergraduate background in Sociology.
The M.A. degree with thesis requires the completion of 12 credit hours in graduate courses, normally including the Graduate Seminar (6880) and Methods of Sociological Research (6040), and a thesis. In the case of full-time students, the M.A. with thesis is normally completed in two years. The first year is devoted to the completion of the required courses and the definition of the thesis research topic. The second year is devoted to the completion of the thesis.
The M.A. degree by course work requires the completion of 24 credit hours, normally including the Graduate Seminar (6880), Methods of Sociological Research (6040), Social Theory (6150), Master's Research Paper (6900) and three electives. These courses should be taken during the first two semesters of full-time study. The research paper (Sociology 6900) will be supervised by a faculty member and must be presented at a departmental seminar. The supervisor and one other member of department will grade the paper. The research paper should be written in the third semester of full-time study.
A selection of the following graduate courses will be offered to meet the requirements of candidates, as far as the resources of the Department will allow:
- 6040 Methods of Sociological Research
- 6090-94 Special Area in Sociology
- 6120 Social Organization
- 6130 Social Stratification
- 6140 The Community
- 6150 Social Theory
- 6160 Theory Construction and Explanation in Sociology
- 6240 Sociology in Medicine
- 6280 Social and Economic Development
- 6300 Maritime Sociology
- 6310 Political Sociology
- 6320 Gender and Society
- 6330 Science and Technology
- 6340 Comparative North Atlantic Societies
- 6350 Environmental Sociology
- 6360 Sociology of Work
- 6370 Feminist Theory and Methods
- 6380 Women, Nature, Science and Technology (Cross listed as Women's Studies 6380)
- 6610 Socialization
- 6620 Current Topics in Social Behaviour
- 6880 Sociology Graduate Seminar
- 6900 Master's Research Paper (6 credit hours)