Graduate Catalog : 2005-2007 (2023)

The Department of Sociology is committed to high quality instruction and research in sociology. Students who enter the graduate program will receive advanced and updated instruction in classical and contemporary sociological theory, qualitative and quantitative techniques of sociological investigation, social statistics and major substantive areas in the field. The primary objective of the Department is to provide students with the scientific tools to study and analyze society and social issues and to enhance their professional skills to successfully enter the labor market.


Students seeking admission to the graduate program in Sociology must meet the following requirements:

  1. Submit a Graduate Studies Application for Admission with the application fee toGraduate Studies.
  2. Submit official transcripts of all college-level work, including the transcript that shows the date the undergraduate degree was conferred.
  3. Submit GRE scores.
  4. Submit three letters of recommendation that discuss the applicant’s suitability for graduate study.
  5. Non-Sociology majors/minors must complete the following undergraduate stem courses with a grade of B or better: SOC 366 Research Methods in Sociology; SOC 383 Social Statistics; SOC 386 Sociological Theory

A holistic review of each student’s application file will be completed on a competitive basis.


A student majoring in Sociology may choose from: Master of Arts, Plan I or Master of Arts, Plan II.

Master of Arts, Plan I. Plan I requires 30 hours of graduate credit, 24 of which must be in Sociology and must be in courses numbered 500 or above with the exception of SOC 698 and SOC 699. A thesis of 6 semester hours (SOC 698 and SOC 699) in Sociology is also required. This program is designed for students who wish to continue graduate education or whose professional interests require the enhancement of analytical skills.

Students majoring in Sociology who select the Master of Arts, Plan I are required to write a master’s thesis. The thesis is an original research work which is designed to demonstrate the candidate’s theoretical, methodological and substantive skills in the discipline.

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Master of Arts, Plan II. Plan II requires a minimum of 36 hours of graduate credit, 24 of which must be in Sociology and must be numbered 500 or above. This plan does not require a thesis and is designed for students who wish to concentrate on the development of their applied professional skills.

Students pursuing a Master’s Degree in Sociology must take the following core courses:

SOC 585

Seminar in Sociological Theory (Credit 3)

SOC 567

Seminar in Sociological Research (Credit 3)

SOC 543

Social Statistics (Credit 3)

Students must also take at least one among the remaining core courses:

SOC 532

Applied Research Methods (Credit 3)

SOC 568

Techniques of Research Proposal Writing in the Social Sciences (Credit 3)

Students must also select at least one of the following specializations:

Specialization # 1 - Sociology of the Environment and Development Students must select two among the following courses: Seminar in Social Change and Development (SOC 589); Seminar in Environmental Sociology (SOC 564); Sociology of Community (SOC 576).

Specialization # 2 - Sociology of Inequality Students must select two among the following courses: Seminar in Social Inequality (SOC 582); Seminar in Social Change and Development (SOC 589); Seminar in Race and Ethnic Studies (SOC 565); Gender and Society (SOC 587).

Specialization # 3 - Sociology of Culture and Institutions Students must select two among the following courses: Sociology of Religion (SOC 574); Sociology of the Family (SOC 572); Sociology of Community (SOC 576); Gender and Society (SOC 587).

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Courses listed under two different specializations may be simultaneously employed to satisfy the requirements of each of these specializations.

Comprehensive Examinations

After completing course work and before completing the master’s thesis, students are required to take their comprehensive examinations. Students must be enrolled in the University the semester or summer session in which the comprehensive exam is administered. The comprehensive exams for the Master’s Degree in Sociology are divided into three parts.

The first exam consists of a written examination in theory and methods. This is a test of concepts in sociological theory and methodology. It is administered in an eight-hour session twice a year.

The second exam consists of a written examination in the specialty area(s) selected by the student. Students must select at least one of the specialties offered in the Sociology program. If the student elects to have more than one specialty area he/she will take one eight-hour exam for each of the selected specialties.

The third exam is an oral exam which is designed to address issues pertaining to sociological theory and method and the special area(s) selected by the student.

Exam Administration

The comprehensive exams will be written and administered by the Graduate Examination Committee. This is a committee which is appointed annually by the Department Chair and consists of four (4) members of the Graduate Faculty. The Committee’s duties involve: preparing and grading the written exams and administering the oral exams. The oral exams are open to the other faculty members who, however, do not vote on the performance of the student.


SOC 532 APPLIED RESEARCH METHODS. This course studies specialized research methods including evaluation research and social needs assessments for sociology and related social sciences. These methods vary from the more common survey techniques by the nature of the unit of analysis (most often a case study), the types of data collection (interviews, focus groups, and existing data), and the analytical techniques used (more qualitative). Generally, these techniques are applied to the solution of community problems. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Credit 3.

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SOC 543 SOCIAL STATISTICS. This course focuses upon various statistical techniques used to analyze survey data including descriptive and inferential statistics, cross tabulation, ANOVA, correlation and regression. Lectures, assigned readings and projects are used to describe and illustrate the logic, interpretation, and assumptions of each statistical model. Emphasis is placed upon understanding of the techniques and their assumptions as well as applications. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Credit 4.

SOC 564 SEMINAR IN ENVIRONMENTAL SOCIOLOGY. This course is designed to provide graduate students a thorough background in the major theoretical perspectives regarding environmental sociology. This background will enable students to view environmental issues from alternative positions and to formulate possible solutions to contemporary environmental problems. The course focuses on the social construction of the environment and on environmental problems and solutions. Credit 3.

SOC 565 SEMINAR IN RACE AND ETHNIC STUDIES. In-depth examination and critique of important monographs and journal literature dealing with the social life of American minorities. Designed to promote mature scholarship in the study of literature drawing from influences, ideologies, structural forces and changes characteristic of the social life of comparative minority groups. Students will be responsible for identifying sociological propositions reflected in the discerned patterns of interaction occurring in selected institutions in contemporary American society. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Credit 3.

SOC 567 SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGICAL RESEARCH. This course includes the advanced study of logic, principles, and procedures involving techniques of design data collection and organization, analyses and interpretation for qualitative and quantitative sociological research. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Credit 3.

SOC 568 TECHNIQUES OF RESEARCH PROPOSAL WRITING IN THE SOCIAL SCIENCES. The purpose of this course is to provide students with a critical under standing of the principal technical and theoretical skills necessary for the development of research projects in the social sciences. Furthermore, it investigates the primary assumptions of qualitative and quantitative research stressing their scopes and limits. Through an examination of the epistemological characteristics of major paradigms in the social sciences, the course illustrates various analytical techniques necessary for the preparation of research proposals. This activity includes techniques for the identification of research questions, the development of justifications, the integration of theories and methods, and the development of analytic designs. This is a course specifically designed for students who would like to be involved in research grant writing and in conducting research. Credit 3.

SOC 572 SOCIOLOGY OF THE FAMILY. This course consists of the study of the family as a social institution. It begins with a traditional functional analysis of the institution and follows with critical and interactionist interpretations. Current changes in the institution using historical and global perspectives constitute the bulk of the course. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Credit 3.

SOC 574 SOCIOLOGY OF RELIGION. This course is a study of religion as it operates in society. It examines religious beliefs, religious rituals, group religious experience, and the religious community. Using a cross-cultural perspective, the course investigates the roots of religion in non-industrial societies and follows with an analysis of religion in industrial societies. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Credit 3.

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SOC 575 GRADUATE READINGS IN SOCIOLOGY. Independent study of subjects not covered in the regular graduate curricula, including independent study of particular value to students needing to pursue a special subject related to thesis. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Credit 3.

SOC 576 SOCIOLOGY OF COMMUNITY. Advanced study of the organization, structures, groups and interaction pertaining to communities. Attention is given to social forces within communities, patterns of change and the relationship with society. Alternative theoretical perspectives analyzing community are presented along with views on the current conditions and future perspectives of communities in the United States and in other regions of the world. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Credit 3.

SOC 582 SEMINAR IN SOCIAL INEQUALITY. This course studies contemporary class, status and power hierarchies with emphasis on empirical research pertaining to placement in these hierarchies on the basis of birth-achieved statuses such as sex, race, and class origin. Consideration is also given to contemporary and classical sociological theories of social inequality. Credit 3.

SOC 585 SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY. The course is a historical survey of the most significant 19th and 20th century developments in sociology with emphasis placed on the relevance of classic sociological theory in the formation and development of contemporary sociological theory. The characteristics and origins of major sociological schools are explored including the study of the works and ideas of Emile Durkheim, Karl Marx and Max Weber. Additionally, illustrations of the basic assumptions of Neo-Marxism, Critical Theory, Interactionism, Functionalism and Postmodernism are provided. Accounts of these paradigms are presented together with their theoretical ramifications. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Credit 3.

SOC 587 GENDER AND SOCIETY. The course focuses on the social construction of gender and provides students a framework for critical thinking concerning gender roles in contemporary U.S. society. The course uses a socio-historical approach to investigate the concept of gender and its relationship to sexuality. Credit 3.

SOC 589 SEMINAR IN SOCIAL CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT. A graduate seminar which investigates the origins and modern accounts of the major theories of social change and development. Beginning with the classic works of Marx, Weber and Durkheim, contemporary theories of economic and social development are investigated. Emphasis is placed on various understandings of the concept of development and analyses of the evolution of social change and relations under capitalism. The course will explore Neo-Marxist theories of Dependence, World System and Articulation of Modes of Production along with Neo-Weberian and Modernization theories. Additionally, a review of post-modern critiques of capitalist development is presented. The Seminar will conclude with some observations on the emerging globalization of society and its implications on social and economic institutions. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Credit 3.

SOC 660 SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY. This seminar is designed to provide an examination and study of substantive areas and/or sociological significant issues not covered in other departmental offerings. Particular attention is on current literature presented in the context of papers and discussion. May be repeated. Prerequisites: Graduate standing or consent of instructor. Credit 3.

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SOC 698 THESIS PRACTICUM. Students are encouraged to initiate planning and formulation of approved problems in conjunction with course work in Methods and Theory. Credit 3.

SOC 699 THESIS. The completion and accepted defense of Thesis. The student must be registered in SOC 699 the semester in which the master’s degree is to be completed. Credit 3.


What does catalog year being followed for graduation mean? ›

Catalog year indicates the year that a student began studying at a particular institution. For example, if a student begins university in Fall 2020, their catalog year is 2020-2021. Students are expected to follow the curriculum requirements that were in effect for that particular school year.

What does catalog mean in college? ›

The Academic Catalog is the sum total of all the policies and procedures of how the university and its individual units interact with a student academically. This covers everything from admission to graduation, and includes topics such as residency and academic integrity.

Who gets to graduate summary? ›

In Paul Toughmay's “Who Gets to Graduate,” he follows a young first year college student, Vanessa Brewer, explaining her doubts, fears, and emotions while starting her college journey. As a student, at the University of Texas Brewer feels small and as if she doesn't belong.

What is catalog year UCSB? ›

Undergraduate and graduate students are subject to requirements based on a particular catalog, referred to as the student's “catalog year.” The catalog year is determined for new students as the catalog in effect at the time of their entrance to UCSB, provided there is no significant break in enrollment.

Do I need to list the year I graduated from college? ›

In fact, there's no rule that says you have to include the year you earned your degree at all, but the longest you'd want to keep that information is about 10 to 15 years, tops. Similar to your work history, anything that happened more than a decade ago probably won't be very relevant to what you're capable of today.

Why not to put graduation year on resume? ›

Well, for one, career experts agree: There is no rule that you have to put your graduation year on your resume. While removing the year can be a smart move to deflect attention from your exact age, career experts suggest that you focus on your experience instead of worrying about your age.

What are the 3 types of catalog? ›

Any information represents in a record is called an entry. The types of physical form of a library catalogue are : book catalogues, card catalogues, microform catalogue and online catalogue.

Why is a college catalog important? ›

Purpose of a College Catalog

Catalogs provide information about a college or university for prospective students and those already enrolled at the school.

What are the 3 forms of catalog? ›

There are three types of inner forms of a catalogue, viz. alphabetical, classified and alphabetico-classed.

Does the school I graduate from matter? ›

While the name of your school isn't likely to land you a job, you'll want to be sure that your degree is from an accredited institution. Employers want to feel confident, knowing you've received a quality education and will bring the skills you developed as an undergraduate student to the table if offered a position.

Who is invited to the graduation? ›

Typically a graduation party will have one guest of honor with a set timeframe of 2-4 hours and specific guest list. Your guests include immediate family, the graduate's friends, friends' parents, extended family, favorite teachers or coaches from over the years, coworkers of both the parents and the graduate.

Do you need a summary on a grad school resume? ›

Underneath your contact details, write a professional summary that outlines your experience in your specified field. You can briefly discuss your undergraduate degree, any relevant experience you have and your reason for applying to the school's graduate school program.

What does catalog number mean in college? ›

The Catalog Number is the number that is associated to the class that you want to search for. For example, if you search for Accounting, the Catalog Number will begin with 10101.

What does catalog R mean? ›

Cataloging record: "Cataloging record" means a bibliographic record, or the information traditionally shown on a catalog card.

What is UCLA catalog year? ›

Your catalog year refers to the academic year you were admitted into your UCLA Samueli School of Engineering major.

Should I put college on resume if I never graduated? ›

You can still include your degree on your resume if you haven't graduated yet — in fact, if you're applying for jobs in a related field, you definitely should. You should put your education section at the top of your resume, since that's likely to be your most relevant experience, and list an expected graduation date.

Will my transcript say I graduated? ›

The final transcript should show all work completed and the conferral date of the degree. This also serves as your degree confirmation. When you request a final transcript from your institution, verify that the transcript states the date that the degree was conferred or awarded.

Is it OK to skip college graduation? ›

Do I Need to Attend My Graduation Ceremony? In a word, no — there are no academic repercussions to skipping commencement. There is also no requirement to be physically present at graduation in order to officially earn your degree.

How far back should a resume go for education? ›

If you earned a degree or certification more than 15 years ago, place your Education at the bottom of your resume, and remove the graduation date. It's important to demonstrate you've earned the degree, but there's no need to draw attention to how long ago this occurred.

What to put on resume if you went to college but didn t graduate? ›

How to Put College on a Resume If You Didn't Graduate. You don't really want to include your college degree program and then write “incomplete” at the end. That doesn't exactly look wonderful. Simply note down the school you attended (name, dates you attended, and amount of credit hours you finished).

Do employers care how long it took you to graduate? ›

Generally, no, employers don't care. When you list your degree just list the graduation date. Regardless of your work history, you should list internships and projects you accomplished while in school on your resume when you are starting out anyway (unless you were already employed in the field).

What is a catalog list? ›

A catalog is a list or record of items. It is sometimes spelled catalogue. It commonly refers to a list of things being offered, such as items for sale or courses at a school.

What is an example of a catalog? ›

Those glossy booklets from your favorite clothing shops that fill your mailbox are catalogues, and so is that online list you consult to find a book at the library.

What is included in a catalog? ›

It includes the book title, author name, publisher's name, number of pages, a brief snapshot of the book, price, dimensions, offers/discounts, reviews, and more.

What makes a good catalog? ›

Most importantly your catalogue should go hand-in-hand with your brand identity, encompassing your company logo, colours and tag-line to make your catalogue instantly recognisable among the competition. It makes sense that an aesthetically pleasing cover will attract interest. It should also convey the contents inside.

Is there any advantage to using a catalog? ›

Product catalogs can simplify the business cycle by giving customers all necessary information at one time. Rather than describing each product when a customer asks or having to communicate back and forward with any new concerns, customers can have all the information they need available in one place.

What is the purpose of a catalog? ›

The function of the catalog is to identify all the items in a collection and to group like items together.

What is the rule of three in cataloging? ›

Rule of three.

If a general topic includes in its scope more than three subtopics, but the work being cataloged discusses only two or three of these subtopics, assign the appropriate two or three headings rather than the broader heading.

What are the levels of catalogue? ›

Levels of cataloging. CONSER records may be created at three levels: full, core, or minimal. Most records are created at the full or core level; minimal level cataloging is generally used only for resources of little research value, backlogs, etc.

What is difference between catalog and catalog? ›

Catalogue and catalog are both acceptable spellings. Catalog is most popular in American English. Catalogue is the most common form in other parts of the world.

Do employers care what college you went to? ›

84% say the institution a candidate attended is a 'very important' or 'important' factor. 71% are more likely to move forward with a candidate who attended a top-tier school. 66% are more likely to move forward with a candidate who attended their own alma mater.

Does the GPA you graduate with matter? ›

Your college GPA can impact your marketability when seeking employment. A solid GPA is essential if you plan to attend graduate school. Employers do care about your GPA in competitive fields. Students with low GPAs can find other ways to highlight their skills.

Do graduate schools look at all grades? ›

While graduate admissions committees don't necessarily disregard other grades, generally, they consider your major Grade Point Average or GPA a better representative of your grades. Graduate schools are mainly concerned about you completing the graduate program.

What is the student who speaks at graduation called? ›

The student with the highest total of all exam results would be declared the student who delivers the valedictorian or salutatorian speech at commencement.

Who speaks first at a graduation ceremony? ›

The title comes from the salutatorian's traditional role as the first speaker at a graduation ceremony, delivering the salutation (where the valedictorian, on the other hand, speaks last, delivering the valediction).

Do grandparents go to graduation? ›

You want them to witness your accomplishment, but you also want them to feel like they're a part of it. You want your parents there, naturally, and your siblings, but grandparents are often a cornerstone of a graduation ceremony. They represent the old guard watching as the youngest generation picks up the torch.

Is a 2 page resume OK for grad school? ›

A resume for a graduate school application is typically no more than 1–2 pages long. Note, however, that if you are asked to submit a CV (curriculum vitae), you should give comprehensive details of all your academic experience.

How do I make my graduate resume stand out? ›

How to build a graduate resume that stands out
  1. Understand the industry & what the hiring manager is looking for.
  2. Structure & information to include.
  3. Be clear & concise.
  4. Use an appealing design & layout.
  5. Proofread, proofread, proofread.
  6. Include a cover letter.
  7. Reach out to your network.
  8. How will you make your resume stand out?

What should you not put in a resume summary? ›

In Summary

The most important question to keep in mind is whether your summary is truly adding value. If you're simply repeating information found elsewhere on your resume or your content sounds generic, it's best to leave it off.

What does 2000 level courses mean? ›

Courses numbered 2000 through 2999: Lower level undergraduate courses; those that ideally are taken by second and perhaps third year students. These courses might build on materials and knowledge from the 1000 series courses and may have prerequisites.

What is the purpose of a Catalogue number? ›

The catalogue number is any number used by the record company to identify a specific recorded sound item for ordering or stock control and sales purposes. Catalogue numbers have been applied to published sound recordings from the earliest commercial releases of cylinders.

Is a college catalog a legal document? ›

It is a legal document whereby the college informs students about policies both at the college and state level.

What is catalog codes? ›

 Catalogue Code is a set of some specific rules. The catalogue code means a set of rules with defined terminology designed for cataloguing purposes and rules means single provision to carry out cataloguing work.

What is catalog Z? ›

The z/OS catalog system stores unit and volume information about data sets. Its use is largely optional for normal jobs. The catalog is not consulted if the unit and volume information is provided in the job control language (JCL) that describes a non-VSAM data set. VSAM data sets must be cataloged.

What does catalog of record mean? ›

The information about a particular item in a database is called a record. Every item — for example, a book, website or DVD — in your library collection has an associated record, known as a catalogue or bibliographic record.

What is your catalog year? ›

Catalog year indicates the year that a student began studying at a particular institution. For example, if a student begins university in Fall 2020, their catalog year is 2020-2021. Students are expected to follow the curriculum requirements that were in effect for that particular school year.

What GPA is considered probation at UCLA? ›

You will be placed on probation if your term/overall GPA falls below 2.0 but is above or equal to 1.5.

What is the minimum GPA for UCLA engineering? ›

Applicants to the Samueli School of Engineering must have a minimum 3.4 GPA at the time of application to be considered for admission.

What does catalog rights year mean? ›

CATALOG RIGHTS. "Catalog rights" is a term used to define the specific set of requirements ordinarily as established in the catalog for a specific year, which the student must satisfy to qualify for a degree, certificate, etc.

How do I change the catalog year in App State? ›

Students must officially request to change their catalog year by completing the Change of Program Form, which may be found on the college deans' office websites or in the advising centers.

What is a catalog year at CSUF? ›

Normally, it is in your best interest to commit to the catalog year, that is, the General Education, major and minor requirements, that were in effect when you first enrolled at CSUF or when you first began uninterrupted enrollment at a community college on your pathway to junior transfer to CSUF.

What does it mean to buy a catalog? ›

Definitions of catalog buying. buying goods to be shipped through the mail. synonyms: mail-order buying.

Why are college catalogs important? ›

Purpose of a College Catalog

Catalogs provide information about a college or university for prospective students and those already enrolled at the school. You can compare information about the different schools you're interested in attending by browsing various catalogs.

What is catalog titles? ›

: a library catalog in which books and other works are listed only under their titles usually arranged alphabetically compare author catalog.

What does catalog code mean? ›

 Catalogue Code is a set of some specific rules. The catalogue code means a set of rules with defined terminology designed for cataloguing purposes and rules means single provision to carry out cataloguing work.

What GPA do I need to graduate App State? ›

University Degree Requirements

A minimum cumulative grade-point average of 2.00 must be earned in major courses taken at Appalachian. In addition, a minimum 2.0 overall cumulative GPA and a minimum of at least 120 credit hours must be earned in order to graduate from Appalachian.

How many credit hours should a sophomore have? ›

Sophomore: At least 30 credit hours but fewer than 60 credit hours. Junior: At least 60 credit hours but fewer than 90 credit hours.

How many credits do you need to be a senior at App State? ›

Academic Classification

0-29 semester hours: Freshman. 30-59 semester hours: Sophomore. 60-89 semester hours: Junior. 90 or more semester hours: Senior.

What is Dean's List for CSUF? ›

Dean's Honors List. Academic achievement is recognized each fall and spring semester for undergraduate students whose grade-point averages for the term are 3.5 or better for 12 units of graded coursework.

What is the average freshman GPA at CSUF? ›

Average GPA: 3.68

With a GPA of 3.68, Cal State Fullerton requires you to be above average in your high school class.

What is the semester GPA for CSUF? ›

Degree program participants should maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 every semester. A graduate student with a semester grade point average that falls below B (3.0) will be placed on academic notice.


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