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The design for the thesis project may be developed in SOC 411SOC 411 SOCIAL RESEARCH and SOC 412 DATA ANALYSIS or SOC 413 QUALITATIVE METHODS. A student selects a faculty mentor and together they set up a committee with two additional faculty members. A thesis proposal hearing is required at the start of the project and an oral presentation at its completion. Those students desiring to complete the Thesis Option are required to take SOC 500 THESIS RESEARCH.
Students design and carry out a research project and prepare a final research report. The student selects a faculty mentor and a second reader. This project can be based on research begun in SOC 412 DATA ANALYSIS, SOC 413 QUALITATIVE METHODS, or a substantive course. Those students desiring to complete the Research Project are required to take SOC 415 WRITING A RESEARCH PAPER.
The student prepares a literature review or analytical essay indicating mastery of a body of literature. It is often started in conjunction with one of the specialized courses. The student selects a faculty mentor and a second reader. It is recommended that those students desiring to complete the Literature Review take SOC 414 LITERATURE REVIEW WRITING PROJECT.
The student will prepare a comprehensive case study that analyzes an organization that they will select. Students will use scholarly literature and other reading materials to inform the organizational theory upon which their analysis will be based. The student selects a faculty mentor and a second faculty member who has some familiarity with the sector in which the organization is located. Those students desiring to complete the Organizational Case Study are required to take SOC 495 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIOLOGY.
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