Non-Thesis Extended Course Work

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 Non-Thesis, Extended CourseWork Option (36 credits)

The Extended Coursework Option is a 36-credit,12 course-only, alternative to the Thesis/ Practicum tracks. It provides students with the opportunity to explore specific areas of interest, allowing them to take up to 12 graduate credits outside the Sociology department. This is a good option for students seeking to jointly pursue a graduate certificate in another program major. Completing this track, however, does not preclude students from pursuing a Ph.D.

The core requirements for the Extended Coursework Option are similar to the other options, except that the thesis or practicum is replaced by courses as follows:

Course Number and Title:          

1. SOCI 6459-Modern Sociological Theory 3 credit hours                                       

2. SOCI 6488-Research Methods and Design 3 credit hours                                   

3. SOCI 6212, 6213-Social Statistics 3 credit hours                                                                                        

4. SOCI 6312, 6313-Multivariate Techniques and Analysis 3 credit hours              

5. Graduate Level Sociology Elective (5000 or above) 12 credit hours                 

6. Graduate Level Sociology or Other Elective (5000 or above)* 12 credit hours        

7. SOCI 8000-Comprehensive Exam (Theory, Methods, Stats)     

Total 36 credit hours                                                                                           


*- All courses taken outside of department must be approved by the Graduate Director.  A

minimum of 12 elective credits must be taken in Sociology, and a maximum of 12 credits

maybe taken outside of the department. This requirement may be waived in special

circumstances, however students must have completed 18 course credits in Sociology, (not

including thesis), along with a Teaching Mentorship, if they wish to teach an undergraduate

course in the department.(Student Teaching is subject to approval of the Department of

Sociology’s Chair, Graduate Director, and Undergraduate Director, See Appendix J).

** Students do not enroll in this course, but fulfill this requirement after passing all three content area sections


      The following is a typical class schedule for a student beginning in the Fall Semester under the Non Thesis Extended Course Work Option:



* Subject to approval by Graduate Director. Order flexible, depending upon elective courses offered in and outside the department. SOCI 6523-Readings in Sociology, may be substituted for up to a maximum of two electives (six credits), subject to approval of the Graduate Director.  Independent studies outside the department are not acceptable as a substitute for grad electives.