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California State University, Long Beach
Master's Program In Applied Sociology
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Program Description

A. First 12-15 units

  • Core Courses (9 units): Students will be expected to complete the three core classes by the end of their first year.
  • Seminar in Sociological Theory: Sociology 656 (fall)
  • Sociological Practice: Sociology 670 (fall)
  • Methods in Applied Research: Sociology 696 (spring)
  • Electives in Applied Skills Clusters (6 units). The applied skills clusters include courses:
  • Organizations and Management).
  • Finance and Fundraising.
  • Research Methods and Data Analysis.
  • Media and Communications.

B. 16-30 Units

  • Courses in Concentration (9 units): Students can begin taking courses in their concentration (either Sociology of Health and Medicine, or Community Development and Social Change) during their second semester in the program.
  • Upper-Division Undergraduate Courses in Sociology (0-6 units): These courses will be double-numbered to be accepted as graduate courses. Students taking these courses will complete extra work to receive graduate credit per established university guidelines.
  • Graduate Courses in Other Departments (0-6 units): Courses must be approved by the Graduate Program Director and be directly relevant to the concentration.
  • Department Graduate Seminars (0-9 units). At least 6 units must be in the student’s area of concentration.
  • Internship: Sociology 695 (3 units): Field placements will normally begin the fall semester of the second year. During the semester before the internships students will work with the graduate internship coordinator, to arrange for an internship at one of the community-based organizations and agencies with which the Applied Sociology MA program has developed working relationships.
  • Capstone Experience: Sociology 697 or 698 (3 units):
    • Comprehensive Exam Option: Directed Research, Sociology 697 (3 units): Students choosing the comprehensive exam will be tested in three areas: theory, applied research methods, and substantive issues in their concentration.
    • Thesis Option: Thesis Seminar, Sociology 698 (3 units): Students electing the thesis option will take this seminar in the semester they begin planning their thesis. The thesis seminar will be open only to students who have completed a minimum of 12 units.