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The University of South Alabama
 
Founded in 1963, the University of South Alabama has more than 15,000 students.  The University is located 25 miles from the Gulf Coast near the western edge of the city of Mobile. The metropolitan area, which includes the port of Mobile, has a population of approximately 500,000 people.  The presence of various ethnic groups and a diverse social life provide many opportunities for social research.
 
The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
 
The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work offers bachelor’s and master’s degrees in sociology, the bachelor’s degree in anthropology, and has 15 full-time faculty members.  The Graduate Faculty is comprised of seven sociologists and four anthropologists.  Students in the Master of Arts Program in Sociology usually work with sociologists, but some students participate in cross-disciplinary study and research with anthropologists.
 
The Master of Arts Program in Sociology
 

The Master of Arts Program in Sociology is designed for the full-time graduate student to finish in four academic semesters.  All students must complete core requirements during their first year of study, including courses in Contemporary Sociological Theory, Research Design, and Research Analysis.  Students are also required to demonstrate competency in sociological theory and research methods with a Graduate Portfolio that includes a self-assessment describing their academic and scholarly strengths and weaknesses.

Upon completing core requirements and the Graduate Portfolio, students must choose a research track to follow: basic or applied.  The basic research track prepares students for doctoral work in sociology and requires the completion of a thesis.  The applied research track provides students with marketable research and teaching skills for the public or private sector and requires completion of a course in Applied Sociology, an internship with an agency or firm, and a research paper.
 
Academic Atmosphere
 
The ratio between the number of graduate students and the number of graduate faculty is approximately 2:1, lending itself to small class sizes and close attention to the academic and scholarly needs of each individual student.  Current students have created a friendly atmosphere to learn and work in and are pursuing a number of specialized interests in sociology.
 
Areas of Specialization
 
The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work is strong in both quantitative and qualitative research methods as well as in classical and contemporary sociological theory.  Graduate students can also take full advantage of the sociology graduate faculty’s diverse teaching and research interests:  crime and deviance, environmental sociology, family, gender, gerontology, medical sociology, social psychology, and the sociology of religion.  Other individualized specializations can be designed based on student and faculty interests.  Students can be enrolled in the University of South Alabama Graduate Certificate Program in Gerontology while pursuing the master’s degree in sociology.
 
Computing Facilities
 
The Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work has its own computer lab with 24 workstations, each with statistical, presentation, and other specialized software as well as laser printing capacity.  Graduate students have their own office in the Department with individual computer workstations that offer high-speed Internet access and laser printing.
 
Admission to the Master of Arts Program in Sociology
 
Applicants to the Master of Arts Program in Sociology must submit a completed application form, Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores, a brief statement of purpose (1 to 1.5 pages), recommendation letters, and official copies of all college transcripts to the University of South Alabama Office of Admissions.  A combined score of 300 or better on the verbal and quantitative subtests of the GRE is required for Regular Admission to the master’s program.  Applicants who do not qualify for Regular Admission can be admitted provisionally as specified in the Graduate Bulletin.  Students can apply for admission during the Fall, Spring, or Summer semester.
 
Financial Assistance
 

Graduate Assistantships are available on a competitive basis.  Currently, assistantships are $9,000 for the nine-month academic year ($4,500 for the Fall and Spring semesters).  Graduate assistants also receive tuition waivers.  Students holding assistantships must carry at least six semester hours (two graduate courses) to receive financial support and are eligible for up to two academic years of assistantship support.  Applications for Graduate Assistantships can be obtained here.  Additional opportunities for financial assistance are available through funded research projects with members of the Graduate Faculty.

For more information about the Master of Arts Program in Sociology,
please contact:

Christopher R. Freed, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Graduate Coordinator, Master of Arts Program in Sociology

Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
University of South Alabama
5991 USA Drive North, Room 34
Mobile, Alabama 36688-0002
(251) 460-6348 (telephone)
(251) 460-7925 (fax)
cfreed@usouthal.edu

 

 
 
 
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