MA in Sociology of Education

Course of Study

The program consists of a total of 36 credits, of which about half are required core and methods courses; at least three credits are devoted to completion of a thesis program, and the balance are composed of a mix of electives and additional required courses.

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Core Courses: 12 credits

SOED-GE 2002 Introduction to the Sociology of Education (Fall; 3 credits)
SOED-GE 2325 The Learning of Culture (Fall; 3 credits)
RESCH-GE 2132 Principles of Empirical Research (Spring; 3 credits)
EDPLY-GE 2030 Education and Social Policy (Fall; 3 credits) OR SOED-GE 3030 Classical Social Theory (Spring; 3 credits)* 

*SOED-GE 3030 should be taken. When not offered, EDPLY-GE 2030 may be taken instead.

Research Methods: 6-8 credits

APSTA-GE 2001 Statistics for Behavior and Social Sciences I (Fall; 3 credits)

Choose one additional from the courses below:
APSTA-GE 2002 Statistics for Behavior and Social Sciences II (Spring; 3 credits)
INTE-GE 2007 Qualitative Methods in International Education (Fall; 4 credits)
RESCH-GE 2140 Approaches to Qualitative Inquiry (Fall and Spring; 3 credits)
RESCH-GE 2147 Fieldwork: Data Collection (Fall; 3 credits)
RESCH-GE 2148 Fieldwork: Data Analysis (Spring; 3 credits)
APSTA-GE 2139 Survey Research Methods (Fall; 3 credits)

Culminating Experience: 3 credits

SOED-GE 2510 Thesis Seminar I (3 credits)

The Thesis Seminar course typically is taken in the last fall before graduating the program. The course is organized as an intensive workshop. Students develop detailed proposals for their thesis research, obtain UCAIHS (University Committee on Activities Involving Human Subjects)  approval (when applicable), and commence thesis work. Students identify a thesis advisor and regularly consult with this advisor as their project develops, and students develop strong collegial relations with their fellow thesis-writers. Throughout their thesis work, students are expected to consult with faculty in ASH and GSAS Sociology who have relevant expertise in appropriate fields of research specialization.

Area of Specialization: 13-15 credits

In addition to the above core requirements, students select elective coursers to create an area of specialization. Students may select from one of the suggested areas below, or build their own specialization based on their interests and in consultation with their academic advisor. 

Education and Social Inequality
SOED-GE 2371 Social Inequality and Education (3 credits)
SOED-GE 2373 Gender and Inequality: the Role of Schools (3 credits)
SOED-GE 2097 Latinos in Urban Schools (3 credits)
HSED-GE 2173 History of American Education and Society: Education and the Culture Wars (3 credits)
HSED-GE 2174 History of American Education and Society: Race and Ethnicity (3 credits)
MCC-GE 2182 Communication Processes: Gender, Race, and Cultural Identity (3 credits)
MSWPF-GS 2010 Diversity, Racism, Oppression and Privilege (3 credits)
SOC-GA 2463 Urban Sociology (4 credits)
SOC-GA 2137 Social Stratification (4 credits)

Education and Social Organization

AMLT-GE 2053 Organizational Theory I (3 credits)
APSY-GE 2345 Academic Achievement Gaps: Socio-Psychological Dynamics (3 credits)
SOED-GE 2090 Planned Change in Organizational Settings (3 credits)
SOED-GE 2163 Sociology of Higher Education (3 credits)
HPSE-GE 2161 Diversity in Higher Education (3 credits)
TCHL-GE 2512 Research on Urban and Minority Education (3 credits)
TCHL-GE 2515 Adolescent Learners in Urban Contexts (3 credits)
LANED-GE 2005 Intercultural Perspectives in Multicultural Education (3 credits)

Education and Social Change

EDPLY-GE 2030 Education and Social Policy (3 credits) if not taken as required course
INTE-GE 2545 Immigration and Education in the World (3 credits)
EDLED-GE 2341 Politics of Education (3 credits)
HPSE-GE 2135 The Politics of Higher Education (3 credits)
EDLED-GE 2205 Advocacy and Education (3 credits)
EDCT-GE 2017 Learning Environment Design (3 credits)
MPAET-GE 2114 Creating Ethnodrama: Theory and Practice (3 credits)
PADM-GP 2445 Poverty, Inequality, Policy (3 credits)

Qualitative Research Methods

INTE-GE 2007 Qualitative Methods in International Education (4 credits)
SOC-GA 2330 Introduction to Methods of Sociological Research (4 credits)
RESCH-GE 2143 Participatory Action Research (3 credits)
RESCH-GE 2147 Fieldwork: Data Collection (3 credits)
RESCH-GE 2148 Fieldwork: Data Analysis (3 credits)

Statistics and Quantitative Methods
APSTA-GE 2002 Statistics for Behavior and Social Sciences II (3 credits)
PADM-GP 2902 Regression and Introduction to Econometrics (3 credits)
APSTA-GE 2003 Intermediate Quantitative Methods (3 credits)
APSTA-GE 2110 Large Databases in Education Research (4 credits)
APSTA-GE 2012 Advanced Quantitative Methods: Causal Inference (3 credits)
SOC-GA 2312 Advanced Multivariate Statistics (4 credits)

Policy Analysis and Program Evaluation

CORE-GP 1018 Microeconomics for Public Management, Planning, and Policy Analysis (3 credits)
PADM-GP 2171 Program Analysis and Evaluation (3 credits)
PADM-GP 2172 Advanced Empirical Methods for Policy Analysis (3 credits)
APSTA-GE 2139 Survey Research Methods (3 credits)
EDPLY-GE 2025 Economics of Education (3 credits)
PADM-GP 2441 The Economics of Education Policy and Finance (3 credits)
EDLED-GE 2355 Educational Policy Analysis (3 credits)