2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
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2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Combined Sociology, BA & Applied Behavioral Science, MA

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Program Description:

The combined  B.A. / M.A. degree program allows students to earn a B.A. in Sociology and an M.A. in Applied Behavioral Sciences in a total of 5 years.  Up to nine (9) semester credit hours of graduate electives at the 7000 level may be double-counted and applied to both the B.A. and M.A. degree requirements. 

Admission Requirements:

To participate in the combined-degree program, students must meet the following qualifications:

  • Senior standing for the semester they start the combined-degree program.
  • 3.2 or better cumulative grade point average on all undergraduate work
  • Undergraduate advisor’s approval, and
  • A recommendation from the ABS program to be accepted in the program

Admission Process

At the end of their junior year, students who wish to pursue a five-year combined B.A. /M.A. degree should submit to the Graduate School an application for the combined degree program. Additionally, required documents include: (1) a WSU transcript; (2) A program of study approved by both the undergraduate advisor and ABS program director.

Program Learning Outcomes:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the major social institutions (family, education, moral order, political and economic orders)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the socialization process (social psychology)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the role individuals play within organizations such as work, community, political and urban areas and change within these organizations (social organizations)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical formulations that serve as the foundation of the major (classical and contemporary theory)
  • Demonstrate knowledge of basic fundamentals of social statistics and methodology
  • Demonstrate graduate level knowledge concerning computer based statistical processing software
  • Demonstrate graduate level quantitative and qualitative skills as  appropriate to the study of criminal justice and social problems.
  • Demonstrate formal graduate level writing skills appropriate for the creation  of graduate theses/projects and the production of research articles. 
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the differential norms, rigor, and foci related to graduate-level work in the social sciences.
  • Learn to utilize their skills in the creation and administration of applied programs in both public and private agencies.


Program Requirements:

I. Wright State Core: 38 Hours

Element 1: Communication: 6 Hours

Element 2: Mathematics: 3 Hours

Element 3: Global Traditions: 6 Hours

Element 4: Arts and Humanities: 3 Hours

Element 5: Social Sciences: 6 Hours


Element 6: Natural Sciences: 8 Hours

Elective Courses: 6 Hours

II. Departmental Requirements: 36 Hours

Required Sociology Courses:

Area 1: 3 Hours

(Choose 1 course)

Area 2: 6 Hours

(Choose 2 courses)

Area 3: 3 Hours

(Choose 1 course)

Sociology Electives: 15 Hours

III. Related Requirements: 9 Hours

  • Related Social Science Courses
  • 3 3000+ level courses in a single social science discipline other than Sociology

IV. College Requirements: 18 Hours

Foreign Language: 12 Hours

Through 2020 level (1010, 1020, 2010, 2020) of one language:

Arabic, Spanish, French, German, Greek, Latin, Chinese, American Sign Language or other.

Methods of Inquiry

V. Electives: 10 Hours

V. B.A. - M.A. Dual Credit Electives: 9 Hours

VI. Required M.A. Courses: 21 Hours

Total: 141 Hours

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