Graduate Course Requirements

This page illustrates a typical sequence that leads to the required number of credit hours of coursework necessary to earn a MA or a PhD degree. Other requirements, including the thesis/empirical paper, general exam and dissertation, are addressed on the MA and PhD Program pages respectively.

For all graduate students, course requirements for the fall semester of the first year are SOCL 7121 (3 credit hours), SOCL 7201 (3), SOCL 7211 (3), plus one credit hour of SOCL 7903. In the spring semester of the first year students are required to take SOCL 7203 (3) and 6 more credits of coursework. In Fall and Spring of the second year, 9 credit hours must be completed to meet the master's degree coursework requirements, as outlined below.

Master of Arts Degree: 36 Credit Hours

The requirement is 36 hours of coursework. However, the department also provides one hour's worth of a Proseminar in Professional Socialization for new students. Since a standard graduate level course is worth three credit hours, and the proseminar is required, in practice the student will accumulate 37 credit hours, one hour over the 36 hours formally required (see below).

Course Number Credit Hours Course Title
SOCL 7121 3 Classical Sociological Theory
SOCL 7201 3 Fundamental Statistics in Sociology ("Statistics 1")
SOCL 7203 3 Advanced Research Methods in Social Science ("Statistics 2")
SOCL 7211 3 Methods of Social Investigation
SOCL 7903 1 Proseminar in Professional Socialization
Electives (see below) 24 Graduate Seminars or Topics in Social Science Methods
Total 37  

PhD Degree: 54 Credit Hours

The requirement is 54 hours of coursework (including hours for empirical research paper or thesis research and dissertation research hours). Since a standard graduate level course is worth three credit hours, and the Proseminar in Professional Socialization (worth two hours) is required, in practice the student will accumulate 56 credit hours, two over the 54 hours formally required (see below).

 

Course Number Credit Hours Course Title
SOCL 7121 3 Classical Sociological Theory
SOCL 7131 3 Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOCL 7201 3 Fundamental Statistics in Sociology ("Statistics 1")
SOCL 7203 3 Advanced Research Methods in Social Science ("Statistics 2")
SOCL 7211 3 Methods of Social Investigation
SOCL 7213 6 Specialized Topics in Social Science Methods
SOCL 7903 2 Proseminar in Professional Socialization
SOCL 9000 9 DIssertation Research
Electives (see below) 24 Graduate Seminars or Topics in Social Science Methods
Total 56  

 

Electives

In practice, eight courses (24 credit hours) are necessary to fulfill the required coursework of 36 credit hours for a MA degree and 54 credit hours for a PhD.

MA Degree

6 credit hours must be from 7000-level sociology topical seminars (i.e., SOCL 7351, 7391, 7491, 7591, 7691, and 7791)





 

PhD Degree

12 credit hours must be from 7000-level sociology topical seminars (i.e., SOCL 7351, 7391, 7491, 7591, 7691, and 7791)

Students who received MA's from another university or department at LSU may appeal to their committee to substitute up to a total of 3 credit hours from their prior MA program.

MA Degree

Up to 6 credit hours may be completed for either SOCL 8900 (Research in Sociology) or 6 credits for SOCL 8000 (MA Thesis Research)





 

PhD Degree

Up to 6 credit hours may be completed for either SOCL 8900 (Research in Sociology) or 6 credits for SOCL 8000 (MA Thesis Research)


MA Degree

After satisfying the 6 credit hour requirement  from the 7000-level sociology topical seminars students may take up to:

  • 2 independent reading and research courses (SOCL 7901 and 7902);
  • 2 graduate seminars in other departments;
  • 2 4000-level SOCL courses taught by graduate faculty (e.g., SOCL 4466, 4467)

PhD Degree

After satisfying the 12 credit hour requirement  from the 7000-level sociology topical seminars students may take up to:

  • 2 independent reading and research courses (SOCL 7901 and 7902);
  • 2 graduate seminars in other departments;
  • 2 4000-level SOCL courses taught by graduate faculty (e.g., SOCL 4466, 4467)


 Any remaining credit hours needed to fulfill MA or PhD requirement may be taken from any other 7000-level SOCL courses (in various topics, methods, and/or theory).