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: When you enter the program you will be advised by the Graduate Coordinator who will help you develop a plan of the courses you will take during your time in the program. We provide close assistance to our students so that students can move through the program as efficiently and successfully as possible. During your first year your Thesis/Project committee will be formed and you will begin to work closely with them, as well as the Graduate Coordinator, to help you develop your focus and begin to plan your internship or thesis. The Coursework 2 year plan gives you an opportunity to see what you might expect from a course (though courses do, of course, change and vary by instructor). The HSU Class Schedule is published during the tenth week of the semester and shows which, and at what time, courses are offered the following term.

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.

Advance to Candidacy and Graduation

At the end of your first year, or 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, which the Graduate Coordinator will help you fill out, will serve as your application for advancement, and for graduation.