Master of Science in Applied Sociology
The Master of Science in Applied Sociology is designed to provide students with the expertise necessary to be competitive in a challenging job market. Focusing on the development of skills that are in high demand (e.g., assessment, evaluation, and community outreach), our program is designed to link classroom experiences to real world problems in the public and private sectors.
Those completing the program may expect to work in a variety of fields, including public policy, qualitative/quantitative analysis, human resources, gerontology, and criminal justice. Our program is built around many areas of study (e.g., drug use, race relations, social psychology), but focuses much of the course work on the fields of criminal justice and gerontology.
What Is the Applied Sociology Program?
This 30 hour program offers students opportunities to develop a strong background in theory and research that will aid them in the workforce. Students may choose a testing or thesis option for completion of this degree. Applicants should have a minimum of 18 semester hours of sociology at the undergraduate level, an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher, and meet all admission requirements for Graduate Studies at Arkansas Tech University for unconditional admission. Students with Bachelor's degrees in fields other than sociology, psychology, rehabilitation science, or criminal justice are encouraged to apply. Applicants without a Bachelor's degree in sociology or a related field may be required to take additional courses to meet minimal requirements.
What Will I Learn In This Program?
- How to teach at the undergraduate level
- How to conduct independent research
- Be prepared to continue graduate study at higher levels
The Applied Sociology Program will:
- Provide opportunities for students to work with agencies, businesses, or communities to identify problems, develop appropriate modes of inquiry tailored to understand such problems, conduct research on those identified problems, and present those findings in academic/scholarly meetings and to the public.
- Provide knowledge about career opportunities for individuals that wish to remain in Arkansas by connecting students to already established networks within state organizations across the State of Arkansas.
What Courses Will I Take?
Where Can I Get More Information About the Applied Sociology Program?
Dr. Justin Moss
Witherspoon Hall 348
407 West Q Street
Russellville, AR 72801
Phone: (479) 968-0305