Associate Professor and Head of the Department
J. Adler

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.


1. Minimum admission requirements are a B average in undergraduate studies with a good undergraduate background in Sociology.

2. 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.

3. 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)
6620. Current Topics in Social Behaviour
6880. Sociology Graduate Seminar
6900. Master’s Research Paper (6 credit hours)

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