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2020-2021 General Catalog 
2020-2021 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, M.A.


The departmental-level academic course plan for each student will be developed in consultation with and approved by the student’s advisory committee. The committee will include the student’s major advisor and at least two additional members of the graduate faculty as required by the LSU Graduate School.  One of the committee members have full graduate faculty status (designated with “M” or “7M” on the list above), as required by the LSU Graduate School.

We have thesis and non-thesis degrees requiring a thesis and empirical research paper, respectively. Thirty-six (36) hours of credit at the graduate level must be earned including a maximum of six hours of credit for the thesis or empirical paper to count toward graduation. The curricular requirements include:

  • At least 6 credits from 7000-level sociology topical seminars (SOCL 7351 , SOCL 7391 , SOCL 7491 , SOCL 7591 , SOCL 7691 ),
  • A minimum core requirement of 12 credit hours in sociological theory, methods, and statistics,
  • Other graduate-level courses.

The student must pass a final exam consisting of a thesis or empirical research paper and an oral defense.