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Graduate Catalog 2002-2004


Department of Sociology and Anthropology

www.uta.edu/sociology-anthropology
Sociology: Admission Requirements | Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships | Degree Requirements | Dual Degree Program | Courses
Anthropology: Admission Requirements | Degree Requirements | Courses

Areas of Study and Degrees

Sociology

M.A.

Anthropology

M.A.

Humanities

M.A.

(See Program in Humanities)

Master's Degree Plans

Thesis and Thesis Substitute (Anthropology only)

Thesis and Non-Thesis (Sociology only)

Chair

Robert L. Young

430 University Hall, 817-272-2661

Associate Chair

Deborah Reed-Danahay

430 University Hall, 817-272-2661

Graduate Advisors

Sociology

Beth Anne Shelton

430 University Hall, 817-272-2661

Anthropology

Shelley Smith

430 University Hall, 817-272-2661

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Agger, Bastien, Eve, Shelton, Stacey, Weed, Williams, Young

Associate Professors

Dunn, Petruso, Reed-Danahay, Rouse, Smith

Assistant Professors

McBrier, Zlolniski

Objectives: M.A. in Sociology

The Master of Arts program in sociology is designed to provide students with a firm substantive background in sociological theory and in the techniques of contemporary research methodology and statistical analyses. In addition to these core concerns, the program offers a variety of seminars, as well as practicum opportunities, to help prepare students for a wide range of professional careers in both the private and public sectors or continued graduate education at the Ph.D. level.

Admissions Requirements: Sociology

Applicants must apply for admission through, and supply all information required by, the Graduate School. The Sociology Graduate Advisor, in consultation with other members of the faculty, decides on each applicant.

All of the following criteria will be considered in determining program admission status:

  1. undergraduate grade point average
  2. Graduate Record Exam (GRE) scores (the sum of the verbal and quantitative sections of the exam)
  3. letters of recommendation from faculty
  4. preparation in sociology and satisfactory performance in sociology courses and/or courses in related disciplines
  5. statement of interest in graduate study in sociology

Criteria for Unconditional Admission

For unconditional admission, the student must satisfy each of the following criteria.

  1. minimum GPA of 3.0, as calculated by the Graduate School
  2. a minimum GRE score of 1,000 (combined verbal and quantitative)
  3. satisfactory letters of recommendation
  4. adequate preparation in sociology and satisfactory performance in sociology courses and/or those in related disciplines
  5. satisfactory statement of interest in graduate study in sociology

Criteria for Probationary Admission

Students who do not qualify for unconditional admission may be admitted on probation if they satisfy any 4 of the 5 criteria for unconditional admission.

Those entering the program under probationary status will be granted unconditional admission only after completing 12 hours of graduate courses, approved by the Graduate Advisor, earning no grade below a B.

Provisional Admission

An applicant unable to supply all required information prior to the admission deadline but who otherwise appears to meet admission requirements may be granted provisional admission.

Deferred Admission

A deferred decision may be granted when a file is incomplete or when a denied decision is not appropriate.

Denied Admission

Applicants who do not satisfy the requirements for any of the aforementioned forms of admission will not be admitted.

International Students

To qualify for admission, international students must score 550 or above on the TOEFL.

UTA Sociology Undergraduate Majors

Sociology students who completed their undergraduate degree in Sociology at U.T. Arlington with a 3.0 overall GPA, a 3.0 GPA in advanced hours, a B or better in SOCI 4311, SOCI 3352 and SOCI 3305, and satisfactory letters of recommendation from U.T. Arlington faculty qualify for automatic unconditional admission, pending submission of all required materials.

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships in Sociology

Graduate teaching and research assistantships, fellowships and other forms of financial support will be awarded on a competitive basis. In addition to performance in any graduate courses the student may have taken, the same criteria used to determine admission status will be used in evaluating applications for such awards. No single factor, including standardized test scores, will be used to end consideration of any graduate assistantships or fellowships.

Nominees for the Graduate School Master's Fellowship in Sociology will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Candidates must be new students entering in the fall semester, with a minimum of 6 hours of enrollment in both long semesters, to retain their fellowships.
  2. The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement is 3.0, as calculated by the Graduate School, plus a GPA of 3.0 for any graduate credit hours.
  3. Transcript of a completed bachelor's degree in sociology (or appropriate related field) from an accredited institution.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.
  5. A written statement explaining the applicant's reasons for graduate study in sociology.

Degree Requirements: Sociology

Students may select from two options: the thesis or non-thesis degree plan.

Thesis Option: Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 24 hours of coursework, including core courses in theory, methods, and statistics, plus the six hour thesis.

Non-Thesis Option: Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 hours of coursework, of which at least 24 hours must be in the major area(s) of study, including core courses in theory, methods, and statistics, and SOCI 5385.

All candidates for the degree Master of Arts with a major in sociology must pass a final examination. For thesis candidates, it is the oral examination on the completed thesis. For non-thesis candidates, it is a comprehensive examination, the scope, content and form of which shall be determined by the student's supervising committee.

Dual Degree Program

Students in sociology may participate in one of two dual degree programs whereby they can earn a Master of Arts in Sociology and a 1) Master of Public Administration or 2) Master of Science in Social Work. By participating in a dual degree program, students can apply a number of semester hours jointly to meet the requirements of both degrees, thus reducing the total number of hours which would be required to earn both degrees separately. The number of hours which may be jointly applied ranges from nine to 18 hours, subject to the approval of graduate advisors from both programs.

To participate in the dual degree program, students must make a separate application to each program and must submit a separate Program of Work for each degree. Those interested in a dual degree program should consult the appropriate graduate advisor(s) for further information on course requirements. Students wishing to pursue dual degree programs other than those specifically defined in the catalog should contact the Graduate School for details. See also the entry on Dual Degree Programs in the Advanced Degrees and Requirements section of this catalog.

Objectives: M.A. in Anthropology

The Anthropology M.A. program offers students a well-integrated curriculum in cultural anthropology, archaeology, and biological anthropology. It is intended both (1) for students who wish to prepare for admission to an anthropology Ph.D. program at another university, and (2) for those who wish to learn anthropological skills and perspectives to enhance their careers (in education, the helping professions, or other fields) in an increasingly diverse society.

Students may choose between a thesis option (30 credit hours), recommended for those planning to go on to a Ph.D. program, and a non-thesis option (36 credit hours, ordinarily including a three-hour practicum and ANTH 5370).

Admissions Requirements: Anthropology

The Graduate Advisor, in consultation with the rest of the Graduate Anthropology Faculty, determines the admission status of each applicant. No single criterion will either guarantee or deny acceptance into the program. Applicants must apply for admission through and supply all information required by the Graduate School

The following information will be considered in determining program admission status:

  1. Undergraduate Grade Point Average (GPA).
  2. The sum of the verbal and quantitative portions of the Graduate Record Exam (GRE).
  3. Three letters of recommendation, at least two of which must be from academic faculty.
  4. Performance in anthropology classes as well as general academic performance.
  5. Statement of purpose as it applies to specific interests in anthropology.

Criteria for Unconditional Admission

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.0 for last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  2. Minimum summed verbal and quantitative GRE score of 1000.
  3. Acceptable letters of recommendation.
  4. Acceptable statement of purpose.
  5. Successful completion of ANTH 2307, ANTH 2322, and ANTH 2339 or the equivalents thereof.

Note: For students with a B.A. in anthropology from UTA, Unconditional Admission may be granted without the GRE if the following conditions are all met:

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.0 overall.
  2. Minimum GPA of 3.0 for last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  3. Minimum GPA of 3.5 in anthropology major courses.
  4. Grades of A or B in 2307, 2322, and 2339.
  5. Acceptable letters of recommendation.
  6. Acceptable statement of purpose.

Criteria for Probationary Admission

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.0 for last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  2. Acceptable letters of recommendation.
  3. Acceptable statement of purpose.
  4. Successful completion of at least two of ANTH 2307, ANTH 2322, and ANTH 2339 or the equivalents thereof.

Students admitted in probationary status must complete 12 hours of graduate work with no grade less than a B. Students who lack one of the three required 2000-level courses will enter in probationary status and must successfully complete the final 2000-level class during the first semester of probationary enrollment; the following semester they will achieve unconditional status if they meet the criteria listed above for unconditional admission.

Provisional Admission

Students are to be admitted provisionally only in cases where official documents are in process and unofficial ones are available. Applicants must meet all conditions of either unconditional or probationary admission status.

Decision on Admission Deferred

In cases of incomplete applications or in cases in which the applicant does not meet the criteria for other admission categories but nonetheless is judged by the Graduate Anthropology Faculty to show promise, a decision on admission may be deferred, with instructions provided to the student indicating the course of action to be taken prior to subsequent review.

Denial of Admission

Applicants who do not satisfy all the criteria for any of the above categories will be denied admission.

International Students

In addition to the above requirements, International Students need to have a minimum TOEFL score of 550.

Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships in Anthropology

Graduate teaching and research assistantships, fellowships, and other forms of financial support will be awarded on competitive basis.

No single factor will be used as the basis for these awards; rather candidates records will be evaluated in their entirety and support will be awarded to the best candidates based on the collective judgment of the Graduate Anthropology Faculty.

Nominees for the Graduate School Master's Fellowship in Anthropology will be selected based on the following criteria:

  1. Candidates must be new students entering in the fall semester, with a minimum of 6 hours of enrollment in both long semesters to retain their fellowships.
  2. The minimum undergraduate GPA requirement is 3.0, as calculated by the Graduate School, plus a GPA of 3.0 for any graduate hours.
  3. Transcript of a completed bachelor's degree in Anthropology (or appropriate related field) from an accredited institution.
  4. Three letters of recommendation.
  5. A written statement explaining the applicant's reasons for graduate study in Anthropology.

Degree Requirements: Anthropology

Thesis Option: Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 30 credit hours. Program must include 1) ANTH 5310; 2) ANTH 5351. 3) a 3 hour statistics course at either the graduate or undergraduate level, as specified by the student's committee; 4) 6 hours of methods (including ANTH 5315 or ANTH 5320, and ANTH 5325 or ANTH 5363; 5) 6 hours of thesis.

Thesis Substitute Option: Satisfactory completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours. Program must include 1-4 above, ANTH 5370, and ANTH 5371.

The grade of R (research in progress) is a permanent grade; it cannot be changed by completing course requirements in a later semester. To receive credit for an R-graded course, the student must continue to enroll in the course until a passing grade is received.

An incomplete grade (the grade of X) cannot be given in a course that is graded R, nor can the grade of R be given in a course that is graded X. To receive credit for a course in which the student earned an X, the student must complete the course requirements. A grade of X cannot be changed by enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned. At the discretion of the instructor, a final grade can be assigned through a change of grade form.

Three-hour thesis courses and three- and six-hour dissertation courses are graded R/F/W only (except social work thesis courses). The grade of P (required for degree completion for students enrolled in thesis or dissertation programs) can be earned only in six- or nine-hour thesis courses and nine-hour dissertation courses. In the course listings below, R-graded courses are designated either "Graded P/F/R" or "Graded R." Occasionally, the valid grades for a course change. Students should consult the appropriate Graduate Advisor or instructor for valid grade information for particular courses. (See also the sections titled "R" Grade, Credit for Research, Internship, Thesis or Dissertation Courses and Incomplete Grade in this catalog.)

Sociology (SOCI)

Enrollment in graduate courses in sociology requires admission to the Graduate School or permission of the instructor.

Detailed descriptions of individual courses are available in the main office, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, 430 University Hall, Box 19599, or visit www.uta.edu/sociology-anthropology.

Core Courses

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at www.uta.edu/schedule. Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

5301. SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY (3-0). A comprehensive review, analysis, and evaluation of the dominant conceptual perspectives, and their proponents, in sociological theory.

5303. RESEARCH DESIGN (2.2). Seminar on the design, plan, structure, and strategies of contemporary social research. Examines the interrelationships of theory, methods, and statistics along with the problems of measurement, sampling, scaling techniques, and the presentation of statistical data. Prerequisite: three hours of undergraduate research methods.

5304. SOCIAL STATISTICS (2.2). Examines a variety of statistical methods including analysis of variance and covariance, multivariate regression models, multiple and partial correlations, factor analysis, and other contemporary parametric and nonparametric techniques. Emphasis is on the application of these methods to social science data. Prerequisite: three hours of undergraduate statistics.

Seminars

5310. SEMINARS IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (3-0). Introduction and discussion of theoretical and methodological perspectives in social psychology. Focusing on particular domains of social life, these seminars examine fundamental processes of social interaction and the influence of social situations and social experience on the thought, feeling, and behavior of individuals. (May be repeated for credit when topics vary.)

  1. 1. Perspectives in Social Psychology
  2. Intercultural Communication
  3. Socialization
  4. Deviant Behavior
  5. Self and Social Interaction
  6. Special Seminars in Social Psychology

5319. SEMINARS IN SOCIAL INSTITUTIONS AND CHANGE (3-0). Seminars in this area are concerned with the structure and change of the basic elements of society that represent ordered and regulated aspects of social life. Also examined are collective behavior and social movements which result from instability in institutional arrangements and represent efforts to enact social change. (May be repeated for credit when topics vary.)

  1. Sociology of Family
  2. Sociology of Education
  3. Sociology of Work and Occupations
  4. Formal Organizations
  5. Social Movements
  6. Social Change and Development
  7. Science, Knowledge, and Technology
  8. Sociology of Medicine and Health Care
  9. Special Seminars in Social Institutions and Change

5330. SEMINARS IN SOCIAL DIFFERENTIATION (3-0). In all human societies, perceptions of differences in individuals, social positions and groups arise and form a basis for social evaluation. Seminars in this area examine the processes involved in social differentiation, social evaluation, and resulting forms of social inequality. (May be repeated for credit when topics vary.)

  1. Stratification/Inequality
  2. Gender and Society
  3. Minorities
  4. Aging
  5. Population and Environment
  6. Special Seminars in Social Differentiation

5341. SEMINARS IN THEORY AND RESEARCH METHODS (3-0). Research methods seminars address a variety of issues related to quantitative and qualitative approaches to data collection and analysis. Theory courses offer extended treatment of topics in theory and theory construction, reflecting systematic efforts to understand the nature and operation of human society and social behavior. (May be repeated for credit when topics vary.)

  1. Methods of Demographic Research
  2. Evaluation Research
  3. Qualitative Research Methods
  4. Advanced Social Statistics
  5. Theory Construction
  6. Critical Theory
  7. Special Seminars in Theory and Research Methods

Individual Study

5385. NON-THESIS PROJECT. The topic and scope of the written project must be approved by the three graduate faculty members who will serve on the final Supervising Committee. A final oral presentation of the project is required. Graded P/F/R.

5388. RESEARCH PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP (3-0). Graded P/F/R.

5389. TEACHING SOCIOLOGY (3-0). To learn strategies of coping with practical problems of teaching undergraduate sociology, students assist one or more professors in lecture preparation, grading, and examination construction. Not to be counted toward the degree requirement. Graded P/F/R.

5392. CONFERENCE COURSE IN SOCIOLOGY. Graded P/F/R.

5398, 5698. THESIS. 5398 graded R/F only; 5698 graded P/F/R.

Anthropology (ANTH)

Course fee information is published in the online Student Schedule of Classes at www.uta.edu/schedule. Please refer to this Web site for a detailed listing of specific course fees.

5307. FORENSIC ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0). Estimating age, sex, race, stature, pathology, cause of death, and time since death from human remains. The role of skeletal biology and physical anthropology in criminal investigation. Case studies will be used to demonstrate application of the methods studies.

5310. HISTORY OF ANTHROPOLOGICAL THEORY (3-0). This course is a critical examination of major theoretical trends in ethnological theory, from mid-19th century to the present.

5315. ARCHAEOLOGICAL METHODS (3-0). An examination of research methods and underlying theory in archaeology and their evolution since the era of European antiquarianism. Origins and development of archaeology as a scholarly discipline. Emphasis on the period 1960-2000; consideration of recent trends in analysis and reportage.

5317. ARCHAEOLOGY OF EXPLORATION (3-0). Archaeological evidence for travel in antiquity. Technology of travel (horse/camel, wheeled vehicles, boats) and related topics (navigation; development of trade and trade routes; nature of discovery, settlement and colonization in antiquity). Case studies drawn from ancient cultures of the Old World from the Stone Age through Medieval times.

5320. METHODS IN BIOLOGICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0). This course covers several topical areas relevant to biological anthropologists specializing in human biology, including osteology and skeletal biology, skeletal maturation (both postcranial and craniofacial), growth and development from birth to biological maturity, and selected topics in forensics, anthropometry, physiology, nutrition, genetics, epidemiology, and demography.

5325. QUALITATIVE METHODS (3-0). Students do fieldwork in anthropology. Students practice participant observation, conduct and interview, collect a kinship chart, map blocks, collect life histories and participate in rituals. Course emphasizes methods of data collection, analysis/interpretation of data, and critical writing.

5340. EUROPEAN CULTURE AND SOCIETY (3-0). An exploration of anthropological studies of both Western and Eastern Europe. Traces the history of ethnography in Europe, from early community studies to recent work on institutions and political structures. Themes of cultural identity, nationalism, gender, and class will be addressed.

5342. ADVANCED ETHNOLOGY (2.2). Seminar based on student reports and critiques of assigned readings. Major emphasis on the areas of ethnology and social anthropology.

5343. HUMAN ECOLOGY (3-0). A critical examination of the application of models, theories, and concepts of human ecology in cultural anthropology and human adaptation.

5344. CULTURES OF LATIN AMERICA (3-0). An ethnological comparison of societies and cultures in Central and South America. Emphasis on gender, ethnicity, and political economy.

5345. RELIGION AND CULTURE (3-0). An ethnological comparison of native religions to understand non-western belief systems. Emphasis on rituals, myths, totemic systems, taboos, and cosmology.

5349. TOPICS IN ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0). May be repeated for credit as the topic changes.

5351. EMERGENCE OF HUMANKIND (3-0). An intensive review of the evidence for, and main outlines of, human biological and cultural evolution up to agricultural origins.

5353. MEDICAL ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0). An examination of anthropological concepts for understanding curing practices and attitudes toward health programs in various cultures.

5355. HUNTERS AND GATHERERS (3-0). Cross-cultural approach to the ecological, social, and historical contexts of hunters, gatherers, and foragers.

5360. ANTHROPOLOGY AND EDUCATION (3-0). The study of socialization and education in cross-cultural perspective. Themes
include education and language, schooling and nationalism, multicultural education, childhood socialization, literacy, adult learning, and school culture.

5363. ETHNOGRAPHY AND PERSONAL NARRATIVE (3-0). Focus is on anthropology and autobiography, autoethnography, life history, and narrative constructions of selfhood in different cultural contexts. Development of the life history approach in ethnographic research. Methods in the collections and analysis of life stories.

5365. GLOBALIZATION AND TRANSNATIONAL MIGRATION (3-0). Traces the history of ethnographic studies of immigrants in Western and developing countries. Compares the contemporary experiences of immigrant groups in U.S. cities. Issues include work, traders and entrepreneurs, family and households, social networks, kinship and voluntary associations, modes of settlement, ethnic identity, political organization and cultural change.

5369. FOLKLORE AND MYTHOLOGY (3-0). Function, forms, and interpretation of folklore and myth in traditional societies; examination of oral literature as an expression of continuity and change; emphasis on a structural analysis of myth.

5370. APPLIED ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0). Explores the principles of cultural dynamics and the sources of cultural change in innovation and diffusion. Focuses particularly on the anthropological theories, methods, and findings relevant to problems of directed culture change, especially as illustrated by non-literate and peasant groups in contact with western civilization.

5371. RESEARCH PRACTICUM/INTERNSHIP (3-0). Graded P/F/R.

5373, 5673. ARCHAEOLOGY FIELD SCHOOL (3-0). This course, conducted during the summer sessions, consists of on-site and classroom instruction in techniques of archaeological survey, excavation, laboratory, processing, and analysis. Students can receive either three or six hours of credit. Enrollment by permission of instructor only. Prior coursework in anthropology desirable but not necessary.

5389. TEACHING ANTHROPOLOGY (3-0). To learn strategies of coping with practical problems of teaching undergraduate anthropology, students assist one or more professors to gain experience in preparing lectures, grading, and constructing examinations. Not to be counted toward the degree requirement. Graded P/F.

5392. CONFERENCE COURSE IN ANTHROPOLOGY. Graded P/F/R.

5398, 5698. THESIS. 5398 graded R/F only. 5698 graded P/F/R.

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