The Master of Science with a major in Applied Sociology focuses on evaluation skills including both qualitative and quantitative research, general statistical analysis, impact analysis, and grant writing. Starting in fall 2017, the MS will offer two options: Practicum track and non-thesis track. The M.S. and the practicum experience are especially appropriate for students who hope to work upon completion of their M.S. as applied researchers for organizations, businesses, agencies and/or in government offices. Graduates from the MS program will be qualified to fill positions including, but not limited to, market researcher, program evaluator, policy analyst, grant writer, and various positions requiring data gathering, analysis and interpretation. In the practicum, students write a research practicum report based on applied research they conduct for an agency or organization, or work on other applied research projects with faculty. Although students' research projects will vary, each will combine the emphases of the program-sociological methods and statistics, needs assessment, impact analysis, and grant writing-with the collection and analysis of either quantitative or qualitative data. In the MA non-thesis option, students will take additional electives and then complete written comprehensive exams in their final semester.
According to the Sociological Practice Association, employment for social scientists is expected to grow faster than the average for all occupations. This increasing demand is the result of concern about issues such as the environment, urban development, and a competitive global economy, as well as a shortage of trained evaluators. Job prospects are best for students with advanced degrees and graduates from applied programs in sociology will be specifically equipped to take advantage of the trend toward research, evaluation, and data analysis.
Practicum Placement for Students Pursuing the M.S. with a Major in APPLIED SOCIOLOGY
The practicum is an opportunity for students to demonstrate skills and knowledge developed in their classes taken in the Department of Sociology at Texas State University. A practicum is an applied research project designed to help an agency or organization achieve its goals or objectives.
Recent Practica Conducted by our MS with a Major in Applied Sociology Students
A Qualitative and Quantitative Evaluation of the MEND Program at the YWCA
An Evaluation of the Pease Park Conservancy Volunteer and Board Member Activities
Evaluation of Informal Dispute Resolution Processes for the Texas Health and Human Services Commission
Exploring Low Enrollment in the Texas Pre-existing Condition Insurance Plan
Career Planning and Career Services: A Comparison of Freshmen and Seniors at Texas State University
The Financial Literacy of Goodwill’s Job Source Clients and the Effectiveness of Goodwill’s Fatherhood Works Financial Literacy Training
Understanding Factors That Shape and Sustain Volunteerism in Advocacy for Abused and Neglected Children
From Removal to the Real World: Research on Mentoring Programs for Foster Youth Transitioning Out of State Care