Masters in Sociology

Sociology is the study of society, social institutions, and human relationships. It is an exciting field with relevance to professionals in a broad range of human service occupations (including law enforcement, government, and non-profit work), as well as individuals pursuing careers in academic sociology and higher education. The Department of Sociology at the University of Houston, Main Campus offers a Master’s Degree program geared towards helping you develop research skills, gain a greater understanding of your social world, and find success in your chosen career.

Once accepted into our program, all students pursuing a Master’s degree are required to take five graduate core seminars: Sociological Theory, Qualitative Research Methods, Quantitative Research Methods, Social Statistics, and Proseminar. Students take an additional five substantive courses to complete their degree, which, depending on student interest and instructor availability, may include classes in the sociology of law, crime and deviance, the sociology of drugs and addiction, race and ethnicity, class and social stratification, the sociology of education, the sociology of gender, sexuality and the body, cultural sociology and more.

For their final Masters project, students may choose between our thesis or internship tracks. Thesis-track students will design and carry out an original research project utilizing methods such as interviews, surveys, media analysis, field observations of social behavior, and statistical data-set analysis. The internship places students in an agency or organization where they can apply their new skills to program evaluation, in-house research, or organizational development. Students who are employed full-time in a relevant agency (such as law enforcement officers and non-profit or social service professionals) may choose to do their internship project at their current place of employment. Regardless of the track you select, your training with us will enable you to develop your “sociological imagination,” which will lead you to a more complex comprehension of society and the people in it, and sharpen your critical thinking abilities. You will also gain the analytical, conceptual, and communication skills necessary for career advancement in a diverse, rapidly globalizing, information-oriented society.

For more information on our program, please contact:

Stella Grigorian, Ph.D.
Graduate Advisor
473 Philip G. Hoffman Hall
Phone: 713-743-3960

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