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Graduate Catalog | 2005-2007
College of Liberal Arts


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Master of Arts
Doctor of Philosophy

Facilities for Graduate Work

The Department of Sociology is located in Burdine Hall, which also houses the Liberal Arts Computer Instruction Laboratory (LACIL), a facility shared by the Departments of Sociology and Government. LACIL houses a variety of microcomputers, terminals linked to the campus mainframes, printers, and specialized software; staff members are available to help undergraduate and graduate students use the laboratory for classwork in social statistics and for individual projects. The University has access through the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research to a wide range of social surveys.

Many sociology faculty members and graduate students are affiliated with the Population Research Center (PRC), one of the preeminent research and training centers in population studies in the United States. Many research grant and fellowship opportunities are available through the PRC. The research foci of the PRC include health and aging; fertility and child health and development; transitions to adulthood; family demography and dynamics; and race/ethnicity. The PRC has an extensive library, a microcomputer laboratory, data archives, and a weekly lecture series.

The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health, closely associated with the department, affords outstanding resources for research bearing on mental health. Federal, state, and local agencies in Austin provide excellent sources of data, specialized advisory personnel, and fieldwork opportunities.

The Center for Criminology and Criminal Justice Research is a multidisciplinary research institute that conducts basic research on crime and its causes and consequences, as well as policy and program evaluation research in criminal justice and criminal justice administration. The center's mission includes providing a public forum for faculty members, criminal justice administrators, policy makers, and practitioners to exchange knowledge and expertise; facilitating collaborative research between the University and the state and local criminal justice communities; and enhancing graduate research and training opportunities in criminology and criminal justice.

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Areas of Study

Graduate study is offered in theory, social organizations, education, health, family, race and ethnic relations, comparative studies of development, stratification, gender, political sociology, criminology/delinquency, religion, and demography.

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Graduate Studies Committee

The following faculty members served on the Graduate Studies Committee in the spring semester 2004-2005.

Ari Adut
Jacqueline L. Angel
Ronald J. Angel
Cynthia J. Buckley
John Sibley Butler
Benjamin Carrington
Mounira Charrad
Chiquita A. Collins
Robert Crosnoe
Sheldon Ekland-Olson
Christopher G. Ellison
Toni L. Falbo
W. Parker Frisbie
Omer R. Galle
Norval D. Glenn
Gloria Gonzalez-Lopez
John C. Higley
Robert A. Hummer
William R. Kelly
Lester R. Kurtz
Susan E. Marshall
John Mirowsky
Chandra Muller
Marc Musick
Joseph E. Potter
Daniel A. Powers
Thomas W. Pullum
R. Kelly Raley
Mark Regnerus
Pedro Reyes
Bryan R. Roberts
Mary Rose
Catherine Ross
Sharmila Rudrappa
Arthur Sakamoto
Gideon A. Sjoberg
Mark C. Stafford
Teresa A. Sullivan
Debra Umberson
Andres Villarreal
Peter Ward
E. Mark Warr
Samuel Craig Watkins
Christine L. Williams
Michael Young
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Degree Requirements

Master of Arts

Students typically earn the Master of Arts in the course of work leading to a doctoral degree, rather than as an end in itself. The master's degree requires thirty semester hours of graduate work, including six hours in the thesis course. The coursework must include two courses in social statistics, one in research methods, and two in theory; two graduate courses outside the department; and two electives. The degree program usually takes two years. Students often enter the graduate program with a master's degree from another university. Such students must take the required courses at the University or transfer credit for them as described in chapter 3.

Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral program requires at least fifty-four semester hours of graduate coursework in addition to the dissertation courses; fifty-seven hours in addition to the dissertation are required for the specialization in demography and ecology. The coursework requirements include the twenty-four semester hours of work required for the master's degree, one additional course in methods, an additional graduate course outside the department, and a variety of substantive courses in sociology. Additional information is available from the department.

To be admitted to candidacy for the doctoral degree, the student must have completed all master's degree requirements and the doctoral course requirements, must satisfy a foreign language requirement, must pass a comprehensive examination in the area of specialization, and must defend a dissertation proposal. The degree is awarded after completion and defense of the dissertation. Most students need three or four years beyond the master's degree to complete the doctorate.

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For More Information

Campus address: Burdine Hall (BUR) 336, phone (512) 471-1122, fax (512) 471-1748; campus mail code: A1700

Mailing address: The University of Texas at Austin, Graduate Program, Department of Sociology, 1 University Station A1700, Austin TX 78712



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