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Master of Arts
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, Government, and Anthropology and related departments. 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 is a member of the Inter-University Consortium for Political and Social Research and through that source has access to a wide range of social surveys.
Many faculty members and students in the department are affiliated with the Population Research Center (PRC), one of the preeminent research and training centers in the United States in the areas of demography and ecology. A number of research grants and fellowship opportunities are available through the center; much of the research, but not all, pertains to Latin America. The PRC has an extensive library, including the International Census Collection, and a microcomputer laboratory and data archives.
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.
Graduate study is offered in theory, organizations and occupations, community/urban sociology, health, family, race and ethnic relations, comparative studies of development, stratification, gender, political sociology, criminology/delinquency, qualitative methods, quantitative methods, and human ecology and demography.
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 one course in social statistics, one in survey research methods, two theory courses, two graduate-level courses outside the department, and two electives. The degree program usually takes two or three years. Students often enter 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, two additional courses in statistics and 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 about four years beyond the master's degree to complete the doctorate.
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