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Sociology, M.A.

The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers graduate-level instruction for the Master of Arts in Sociology, minors in Sociology and Gerontology, and a Certificate in Applied Social Research. The thesis research master's degree program in Sociology at MTSU, effectively prepares graduates that intend to pursue further, doctoral-level academic study or seek employment in non-academic and applied settings in the public, private, and non-profit economic sectors. With relatively small classes, a low student-faculty ratio, and funding opportunities, the program offers students quality interaction with award-winning faculty, along with opportunities to collaborate on the presentation and publication of academic and applied research. Specialized training and experience are available in public/applied sociology, criminology/deviance, medical sociology, research methods, sex/gender, social gerontology, and work and organizations, among other areas. The program supports full- and part-time students and offers competitive funding opportunities to support tuition, travel, and research.

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MTSU graduate student and award winner Phattra Marbang begins her Phd studies

Phattra Marbang, MTSU Sociology MA graduate and recipient of the "Excellent Graduate Student in Sociology" award has been offered admission into UGA's (University of Georgia) sociology PhD program with a full assistantship for fall 2020. Congratulations, Phattra!

Outstanding Teacher focuses research on prison population

Dr. Meredith Dye, MTSU sociology faculty member, has contributed significantly to an area lacking research attention: suicide and prison. The esteemed Criminal Justice and Behavior criminology journal (2013) published her study "I Just Wanted to Die," which compared suicide ideation among women serving life sentences prior to serving time and while in prison. Dye, who collaborates with graduate students, has an article forthcoming for The Prison Journal (2014) entitled "The Rock I Cling To: Religion in the Lives of Life-Sentenced Women." She teaches a topics graduate class, which has looked at declining crime rates and increased mass incarceration and has focused on societal experiences and reactions to deviance including a historic chronology. She was named one of the University's Outstanding Teachers in 2012 by the MTSU Foundation and Outstanding Advisor in 2013 by the College of Liberal Arts.

News Briefs

MTSU graduate student and award winner Phattra Marbang begins her Phd studies

Phattra Marbang, MTSU Sociology MA graduate and recipient of the "Excellent Graduate Student in Sociology" award has been offered admission into UGA's (University of Georgia) sociology PhD program with a full assistantship for fall 2020. Congratulations, Phattra!

Outstanding Teacher focuses research on prison population

Dr. Meredith Dye, MTSU sociology faculty member, has contributed significantly to an area lacking research attention: suicide and prison. The esteemed Criminal Justice and Behavior criminology journal (2013) published her study "I Just Wanted to Die," which compared suicide ideation among women serving life sentences prior to serving time and while in prison. Dye, who collaborates with graduate students, has an article forthcoming for The Prison Journal (2014) entitled "The Rock I Cling To: Religion in the Lives of Life-Sentenced Women." She teaches a topics graduate class, which has looked at declining crime rates and increased mass incarceration and has focused on societal experiences and reactions to deviance including a historic chronology. She was named one of the University's Outstanding Teachers in 2012 by the MTSU Foundation and Outstanding Advisor in 2013 by the College of Liberal Arts.

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MTSU students on the academic track receive the research and theoretical training necessary to become successful doctoral students and have a high rate of acceptance at various doctoral programs. Students on the applied track have graduated to direct state agencies and multi-million dollar federal programs; serve as federal, state, and local investigators, researchers, and consultants; and coordinate or participate in a variety of university, non-profit, and social service programs. Potential professions, some of which may require additional training, include

  • Attorney
  • College professor/high school teacher
  • Community developer
  • Consultant
  • Counselor
  • Criminologist
  • Demographer
  • Director of research
  • Gerontologist
  • Human resource manager
  • Policy analyst
  • Program director in social service agency
  • Program manager
  • Research analyst
  • Sociologist
  • Statistician
  • Survey researcher
  • Therapist
  • Urban planner

Employers of MTSU alumni include

  • Centerstone Behavioral Health Services
  • Early Connections Network, Tennessee Voices for Children
  • Edvantia Educational Research
  • Forensic Institute for Research & Education
  • Nashville Metro Transit Authority
  • National Opinion Research Center, University of Chicago
  • Populations Study Center, University of Michigan
  • Tennessee Housing Development Agency
  • US Department of Labor

Among universities admitting graduates for advanced degrees or hiring to fill positions are

  • Bowling Green State University
  • Georgia State University
  • Florida State University
  • Jacksonville State University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • Tulane University
  • University of Baltimore School of Law
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Florida
  • University of Iowa
  • University of Michigan
  • University of Minnesota
  • University of Northern Iowa
  • University of South Carolina
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Southern Illinois
  • University of Tennessee
  • University of Texas
  • University of Wisconsin-Green Bay
  • Vanderbilt University

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