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Vol LXXXVII - July 2004
Graduate Catalog 2004-2006
 
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     Note: This Catalog is superseded by the 2005-2006 Catalog.

Department of Sociology and Anthropology

department web page: www.uta.edu/sociology-anthropology/
department contact: sociology@uta.edu
graduate web page: www.uta.edu/anthropology/grad.html
graduate contact: dreed@uta.edu

Chair

Robert L. Young
430 University Hall
817.272.2661

Sociology: Admission Requirements | Graduate Assistantships and Fellowships | Degree Requirements | Dual Degree Program | Courses: SOCI
Anthropology: Admission Requirements | Degree Requirements | Courses: SOCI, ANTH

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)

Associate Chair

Joseph W. Bastien
430 University Hall, 817.272.2661

Graduate Advisors

Sociology

Beth Anne Shelton
430 University Hall, 817.272.2661

Anthropology

Deborah Reed-Danahay
430 University Hall, 817.272.2661

Graduate Faculty

Professors

Agger, Bastien, Eve, Petruso, Reed-Danahay, Shelton, Weed, Williams, Young

Associate Professors

Dunn, Rouse, Smith

Assistant Professors

Brown, Kunovich, 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
  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. Preferred GRE score of 500 on the verbal and 500 on the 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 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.
  6. Writing sample (preferably an undergraduate research paper).

Criteria for Unconditional Admission

  1. Minimum GPA of 3.0 for last 60 hours of undergraduate coursework.
  2. Acceptable GRE scores; experience has shown that successful students have a verbal GRE score of 500 or higher and a quantitative GRE score of 500 or higher.
  3. Acceptable letters of recommendation.
  4. Acceptable statement of purpose.
  5. Acceptable writing sample
  6. 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.
  7. Acceptable writing sample.

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. Acceptable writing sample.
  5. 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.
  6. The writing sample provided with the application to the program.

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; completing course requirements in a later semester cannot change it. 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. Enrolling again in the course in which an X was earned cannot change a grade of X. 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.

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

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