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 5150 Applied Social Statistics
SOC 5180 Sociological Theories

and two of the following:

SOC 5140 Applied Quantitative Methods
SOC 5170 Applied Qualitative Methods
SOC 5190 G IS I Basic Mapping: Applications and Analysis
SOC 5310 Program Evaluation


SOC 6910 Professional Internship I plus
SOC 6920 Profession Internship II or
SOC 6980 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 5100 Cities and Urban Policies
SOC 5200 GIS II: Principles of Geographic Information Science
SOC 5210 Contemporary Issues in the Workplace
SOC 5400 Diversity in America
SOC 5420 Sociology of Intercultural Communication
SOC 5440 Contemporary Immigration to the United States
SOC 5500 Age and Aging
SOC 5510 Racial Identity Formation in the U.S.
SOC 5530 Health and Social Justice
SOC 5660 Conflict and Conflict Management
SOC 5680 Drugs and Social Policy
SOC 5700 Gender in a Globalizing Society
SOC 6130 Population Studies
SOC 6300 Ethnic and Racial Experiences
SOC 6610 Organizations and Social Action
SOC 5990 Special Topics
SOC 6980 Research Thesis

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

AACS 6210   History of Blacks in America
AACS 6220   Contemporary Black America
AACS 6240   Social Organization of Justice
CMAT 5210   Inclusion & Second Language Learners
CMHL 5050   Cultural Dimensions of Health
COMS 6160  Gender and Communication
COMS 6210  Global Communication
CSP 6510     Counseling for Substance Abuse: Applications for School & Community
EDLP 6090    Supervision and Evaluation: Performance Appraisal
EDLP 6100    School Management Functions
EDLP 6110    Problems in Practice: Legal and School Centered Issues
EDLP 6120    Supervision and Evaluation of Support Staff and Ed Programs
HIST 5400    Abundance and Poverty in U.S. History
HIST 5500    Violence in America
HIST 5450    The Reform Impulse in American History
LAW 7000     Legal Environment of Business
MGT 6040     Management Process and Organizational Theory
MKT 6080     Marketing Management
NUR 5700     Health Legislation & Social Policy
POL 5010     Public Policy in an Age of Globalization
POL 5030     Comparative Public Policy
POL 6040     The Gendered State & Public Policy
POL 6210     American Welfare Policy in a Global Perspective
POL 6220     Intermestic Policy in the Americas: Licit/Illicit Flows-Drugs, Money and Immigration
PSY 6820     Gerontology for Applied Psychologists
PSY 6830     Substance Abuse Interventions
SPED 5360   Guidance and Community Programs for the Disabled
SPED 5500   Social and Psychological Needs of the Developmentally Disabled