This track prepares one for employment as researchers, administrators and consultants by private organizations and government agencies at federal, state and local levels. Researchers may be involved in such areas as community development, urban planning, health care delivery, criminological research, planning social welfare programs, and various aspects of program evaluation. 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
Objectives of the Master of Arts in Sociology-Public Sociology
- Provide a synthetic education in the analysis of social and criminal justice issues with an emphasis on "smart justice" and "effective actions and policies."
- Train student to analyze justice issues, the implementation of justice policies, and the administration of justice agencies.
- Integrate social science theory and methods to improve administrative and research skills.
- Target employment needs in the non-profit, government, security, and private sectors.
- Provide a strong foundation for further professional and academic education.
- Provide a basis for conceptualizing and analyzing the issues and problems of urban life.
Program with Career Opportunities
Our Public Sociology track encompasses rigorous empirical analyses of urban, national and global life. The program trains students to identify and document insights into these social processes and structures in their future professions. Courses are taught by an interdisciplinary faculty that maximizes the richness of concepts and methodology of social sciences providing a strong foundation for analyzing the issues of justice, administration, and policy. The program is designed to prepare students for managerial and policy positions such as program evaluators, researchers, program directors, and policy makers. The program also provides a strong foundation for those who seek to pursue the Ph.D. in traditional sociology, anthropology and criminology programs.
- 33 credit hours of graduate study.
- Each candidate must select between a thesis (6 credit hours) and a non-thesis course of work (with comprehensive examination).
- All students are required to take 12 credit hours of core course work, 6 credit hours of practical course work, and a minimum of 9 credit hours of electives (15 credit hours if they elect to take the non-thesis option).
- Students must earn a "B" grade or better in all graduate courses taken to earn graduate credit in the program.
- Students are expected to complete all course work within five years of admission. Students may petition the Graduate School for an extension.
Faculty in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology are award winning teachers and scholars. They are nationally and internationally recognized scholar/teachers and dedicated mentors. We have a diverse faculty holding degrees in: Anthropology, Social Geography, and Sociology. In addition, to our departmental faculty, we have faculty members teach from the departments of Public Policy, Earth and Atmospheric Sciences and Biology
Dr. Gretchen Arnold
Ph.D. in Sociology, Boston University
Social Movements, Gender, Social Theory
Dr. Elizabeth Chiarello
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California-Irvine
Law and Society, Professions, Organizations, Criminology
Dr. Richard Colignon, Chair
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Wisconsin at Madison
Economic Sociology, Organizational Theory, Research Methodology
Dr. Scott R. Harris
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Oregon
Social Psychology, Marriage and Family, Social Construction of Equality and Inequality
Dr. Joel Jennings
Ph.D. in Social Geography, University Cambridge
Citizenship, Immigration, Cultural Geography
Dr. Ajlina Karamehic-Muratovic
Ph.D. in Health Communications, University of Kentucky
Medical Sociology, Health and Illness, Research Methodology, Statistics
Dr. Kathryn Kuhn
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of Texas at Austin
Gender, Popular Culture, Bureaucracy
Dr. Katherine C. MacKinnon
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley
General Anthropology, Physical Anthropology, Primate Social Behavior & Ecology, Fieldwork & Conservation Issues In Central & South America
Dr. Hisako Matsuo
Ph.D. in Sociology, University of California-Riverside
Research Methodology, Statistics, Race and Ethnic Relations
Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology, University of Illinois-Carbondale
Dr. Juan Sandoval
Ph.D., University of California at Berkeley
Residential Segregation, Social Demography, Urban Sociology
Dr. Terry Tomazic
Ph.D. in Sociology, North Carolina State University
Research Methodology, Gun Control, Non-Parametric Statistics
Dr. Mary Vermilion
Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of Illinois-Chicago
Archaeology, Forensic Anthropology, Cultural Anthropology
The ordinary admission deadline is May 1 for the following fall semester. Later applications will be considered if space is available. In order to receive full consideration for assistantship funding, a completed application must be received by the Graduate School by April 15th.
Applicants are required to submit the following:
- An application form with application fee.
You can apply online.
Apply online http://www.slu.edu/graduate-admission-home/apply-now
- Writing sample in the form of an essay on how the MA in Public Sociology and Criminology/Criminal Justice would help the candidate achieve his or her life goals.
- Three letters of recommendation.
- Official scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE).
- Official transcripts from all colleges and universities attended.
- Students must have a 3.0 undergraduate GPA.
The admission committee will consider all the above information when deciding to admit a student. No single piece of information is necessarily weighted more than others.
For more information see the Graduate Education website: http://www.slu.edu/x52519.xml
Combined Bachelor's/Master's Program BA/MA
Students accepted into the BA/MA program will take graduate level courses in the fourth and fifth years of study. This coursework will satisfy remaining undergraduate requirements, including the minor requirement, and count towards an MA. Students receive their BA after completing 120 credits--usually after their second or third semester of graduate study. Students earn their MA after completing four semesters of coursework--normally at the end of their fifth year. Students may concentrate either in in Public Sociology or Criminology/Criminal Justice.
Financial Aid: The Department has assistantships to award. Assistantships include both research assistantships and teaching assistantships. Awards are based on merit. Awards include a stipend, tuition waivers, and health insurance.