Graduate Curriculum

M. A. Degree in Applied Sociology

Program of Studies

    This program of studies enables graduates to get a competitive edge by learning the applied diagnostic and intercultural communication skills, and gaining important insights into diversity in the workplace and society, that the experts say are what they seek in hiring/promoting employees.

    Because these skills and knowledge are of great value in virtually every occupational field, this Master’s program has demonstrated appeal in a variety of professional settings. These include, but are not limited to, departments of human resources or research and planning in banking, corporations, education, government, health care, insurance, marketing, and community and other nonprofit organizations.

    For further information, please contact the Graduate Director, Prof. Vincent N. Parrillo at or 973-720-3881.


    (From the courses below, an advisor will tailor a individualized program of studies to build on each student’s strengths and develop the necessary knowledge base to be mastered.)

    Core Courses (18 credits)  

    SOC 515 Applied Social Statistics
    SOC 518 Sociological Theories

    and two of the following:

    SOC 514 Applied Quantitative Methods
    SOC 517 Applied Qualitative Methods
    SOC 519 G IS I Basic Mapping: Applications and Analysis
    SOC 531 Program Evaluation


    SOC 691 Professional Internship I plus
    SOC 692 Profession Internship II or
    SOC 698 Research Thesis

    [Note: The internship may be completed within a student’s current work setting if provision can be made for the student to work there on a supervised, deliverable project.]

    Electives (15 credits)

    SOC 510 Cities and Urban Policies
    SOC 520 GIS II: Principles of Geographic Information Science
    SOC 521 Contemporary Issues in the Workplace
    SOC 540 Diversity in America
    SOC 542 Sociology of Intercultural Communication
    SOC 544 Contemporary Immigration to the United States
    SOC 550 Age and Aging
    SOC 551 Racial Identity Formation in the U.S.
    SOC 553 Health and Social Justice
    SOC 566 Conflict and Conflict Management
    SOC 568 Drugs and Social Policy
    SOC 570 Gender in a Globalizing Society
    SOC 613 Population Studies
    SOC 630 Ethnic and Racial Experiences
    SOC 661 Organizations and Social Action
    SOC 599 Special Topics
    SOC 698 Research Thesis

    With an advisor’s approval, students may take up to 6 credits outside the Sociology Department from the following courses:

    AACS 621   History of Blacks in America
    AACS 622   Contemporary Black America
    AACS 624   Social Organization of Justice
    CMAT 521   Inclusion & Second Language Learners
    CMHL 505  Cultural Dimensions of Health
    COMS 616  Gender and Communication
    COMS 621  Global Communication
    CSP 651     Counseling for Substance Abuse: Applications for School & Community
    EDLP 609   Supervision and Evaluation: Performance Appraisal
    EDLP 610   School Management Functions
    EDLP 611   Problems in Practice: Legal and School Centered Issues
    EDLP 612   Supervision and Evaluation of Support Staff and Ed Programs
    HIST 540     Abundance and Poverty in U.S. History
    HIST 550     Violence in America
    HIST 545     The Reform Impulse in American History
    LAW 700      Legal Environment of Business
    MGT 604      Management Process and Organizational Theory
    MKT 608      Marketing Management
    NUR 570     Health Legislation & Social Policy
    POL 501      Public Policy in an Age of Globalization
    POL 503      Comparative Public Policy
    POL 604      The Gendered State & Public Policy
    POL 621      American Welfare Policy in a Global Perspective
    POL 622      Intermestic Policy in the Americas: Licit/Illicit Flows-Drugs, Money and Immigration
    PSY 682      Gerontology for Applied Psychologists
    PSY 683      Substance Abuse Interventions
    SPED 536   Guidance and Community Programs for the Disabled
    SPED 550   Social and Psychological Needs of the Developmentally Disabled


    Updated November 12, 2009