Completing Your MA

HSU Graduate Studies

Many of your questions about HSU policies can be answered by the Graduate Studies Handbook. You can also use that site to access forms you will need throughout your graduate career.

Plan Your Coursework

Picking Courses: Each semester, you will want to check in with your committee chair, and plan what to take next semester (if you have not already mapped out a plan). The HSU Class Schedule is usually updated close to the time registration opens to show dates and times for courses offered the following semester. The list of Sociology Courses gives you an opportunity to see what you might expect from a course (though courses do, of course, change and vary by instructor).

Course Rotations: These show you what the Department of Sociology plans to teach each semester for the next five years. Use this for short term and long term course planning.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  1. Think critically about social and environmental justice efforts and inequalities in communities and environments.
  2. Make linkages between empirical data and theoretical concepts.
  3. Develop the ability to critically engage with research methodology.
  4. Communicate effectively orally (a) and in writing (b).

Professional Development

Whether you plan to go to a Ph.D. program, or to a career, there is much you can do during your time in HSU Sociology to plan for your future. You can join professional associations, and attend conferences and/or make a poster or paper presentation at one. You can also start working with the Career Center early in your time at HSU to make sure you can hit the ground running after graduation.

Establish Residency in California

If you need to establish residency in California, you will need to complete at least three of the requirements before September of the year you start at HSU, so you will want to start the process as soon as possible. Learn more here.

Advance to Candidacy and Graduation

In the beginning of the semester before you plan to graduate, you will need to submit an Application for Advancement to Candidacy and Graduation to Academic Programs, Siemens Hall 217. You will also pay the graduation fee. Once the application is received, you will receive a Degree Check to determine if you will meet all of the requirements on time. This form will serve as your application for advancement, and for graduation.

Other Resources to help you navigate your time at HSU