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Sociology, Regional Analysis and Public Policy Option

Admission Requirements

1. General admission to graduate study with B.A. in related field.

2. Completion of 18 semester hours of undergraduate work with GPA of 3.0 in sociology or related field.

3. Acceptable proficiency in social science, analytical skills, and writing ability as determined by the sociology admissions committee and the IRAPP program committee.

4. Minimum GRE score of 800 for verbal and quantitative preferred and a writing score of two or higher. Somewhat lower scores with other evidence (e.g.
high GPA or research and writing output) of potential for quality work.

5. Minimum TOEFL score of 525 for international students.

6. Submit a two-page typewritten statement of personal, educational, and career goals to be used as a writing sample.

Required courses:                                                               Sem. Hrs.
RAPP 610 - Ideology and Policy Development in Appalachia ........ 3
RAPP 620 - Economic Development .............................................. 3
RAPP 630 - Graduate Seminar in Regional Issues ........................ 3
SOC 603 - Appalachian Sociology.................................................. 3
SOC 615 - Sociological Research .................................................. 3
SOC 630 - Social Inequality........................................................... 3
SOC 635 - Organizations in Contemporary Society ...................... 3
SOC 650 - Sociological Thought and Theory ................................. 3
SOC 699 - Thesis (Supervised by IRAPP and Sociology Faculty) ... 6
Electives (any 500 or 600 level Sociology course or any approved
course by Sociology department chair) ......................................... 6

TOTAL HOURS REQUIRED........................................................ 36


Requirements for the Degree

1. Satisfy University degree requirements.

2. Complete an approved thesis.

3. Complete a minimum of 36 semester hours of 500-600 level course work,including six hours credit for the thesis.

4. At least 21 credit hours must be completed in sociology.

5. Complete at least 50 percent (excluding thesis) of total required semester hours taken for the degree at the 600 level.

6. Take final written/oral examinations as determined by the student’s advisory committee.

7. Must be unconditionally admitted.

Competencies Required in the Program

1. Students will be familiar with general theoretical and methodological strategies in sociology.

2. Students will be able to apply sociological analysis to a wide range of phenomena.

3. Students will learn the techniques of theory construction, data analysis, computer techniques, and professional report writing.

4. Students will develop competencies in substantive areas of sociology.

5. Students choosing the gerontology option will develop substantive knowledge in that area and also learn practical skills through intensive practicum
experiences.

Assessment Procedures

1. Competencies in theory, methods, analytical thinking, and professional report writing are assessed in each course in the curriculum.

2. Take home comprehensive examinations are administered in each of the program specialities (general, criminology, and gerontology) only during the
months of February, May, and September. Exams are graded during March, June, and October respectively, with results available before the end of these
months.

a. Examination grades are high pass, pass, conditional pass, and fail. Students who earn the grade of high pass or pass will continue in the program
and remain in good academic standing. Students who conditionally pass will have one opportunity to retake the exam or part of it.

b. The Sociology Graduate Examination Committee will administer this policy.


3. Students choosing the thesis option are systematically assessed by their committee and undergo an oral defense of their research.

4. Program assessment also takes place through alumni surveys in conjunction with program reviews.

 
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