BA/MA in Sociology & AnthropologyGoals and Objectives. The goals and objectives of the program are to provide an advanced degree in the social sciences emphasizing administrative and research skills, targeting employment needs in the non-profit, government, security and private sectors as well as providing a strong foundation for further professional and academic education.
Program Market. Persons with Master's degrees in the social sciences are employed as researchers, administrators and consultants by private organizations and government agencies at federal, state and local levels. Retirement of "baby-boomers" provides opportunities for employment in government and non-profit agencies. Those who become researchers and consultants may be involved in such areas as community development, urban planning, health care delivery, crime, planning social welfare programs, and various aspects of program evaluation. Other graduates with strong computer and methodological skills may become statisticians or affiliates of various research institutes, including the Census Bureau, public opinion institutes, and other federal agencies planning health and education programs.
Admissions. SLU sociology and anthropology majors apply by March of their junior year for admission to the BA/MA program the following fall semester. The application will include:
• an application form with application fee
• a writing sample of sociology and anthropology work
• a statement of purpose
• three letters of reference from SLU sociology and anthropology faculty. Transfer students may substitute one letter of recommendation from a faculty member at their former university for one of the SLU faculty letters.
• SAT or ACT scores will be accepted in lieu of GRE scores. Students who elect to take the GRE may submit those scores.
• The Department will supply a transcript for its majors who apply.
Ordinarily, students must have a GPA of at least 3.3, overall and in their sociology or anthropology courses, to be admitted to the BA/MA program.
Undergraduate SLU sociology and anthropology majors who are admitted to the BA/MA program will take two graduate level courses during their senior year.
These two graduate courses count toward the 33-hour MA. Advancement to the MA will be contingent on the students maintaining a 3.3 or above in all undergraduate courses and a 3.0 in the two master's level courses taken during the senior year. Students earning a letter grade below "B" in graduate courses taken as an undergraduate will not be allowed to advance to MA status in the Graduate School and will earn the BA. According to Graduate Education policy, no graduate credit can be given for a grade below "B" in graduate courses.
Program Structure. Students in the BA/MA program complete all requirements for the BA in sociology and anthropology and all requirements for a 33-hour MA. Students take 4 foundation courses, 2 practice courses, 5 elective concentration courses, specialized, or advanced seminars. Students complete the MA program in one of two ways. Six thesis credits are awarded to students who complete a MA thesis. Alternatively, students who elect the non-thesis option take two additional courses in their area of concentration and successfully complete a comprehensive examination. Each student works out a curriculum plan with the Director of Graduate Studies.
The 33 required credit hours for the BA/MA are distributed as follows:
• 4 skill courses are required for students in either concentration: Anthropology or Public Sociology (12 hours)
• 2 practices courses are required (6 hours)
• 3 elective courses beyond the skill and practices courses in the candidate's area of concentration (9 hours)
• Thesis/non-thesis option (6 hours)
There are two options for satisfying this requirement:
1) an MA thesis
2) comprehensive exam
Graduate courses are offered during late afternoons and evenings Monday through Thursday to accommodate the schedules of working non-traditional students. Foundation and practice courses are offered at least once-a-year to accommodate the needs of traditional students and BA/MA students to complete their course requirements in a timely manner.