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Five-Year BA/MS Program

The accelerated five year Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Science in Social Research Program

The Field of Applied Social Research

In response to the growing demand for professional social researchers in the public and private sectors, the Hunter College Department of Sociology offers the only graduate program in the United States leading to a Master of Science in Social Research (MSSR) which can be entered with a BA or through the accelerated BA/MS sequence. The program is distinctive in its focus on applied social research in the real world. Course work concentrates on building skills in research design, sampling, data analysis, and interpretation. It offers areas of specialization in media research and analysis, marketing research and consumer behavior, research and training in international development, and policy analysis in the public and private not-for-profit sector. Students can also customize their areas of specialization provided faculty supervision is secured.

Applied social research is an expanding field with challenging, creative and well paid positions in applied social research, policy analysis, and program planning and evaluation. Graduates of the program have been working as senior executives, research directors, research analysts, and consultants for Comedy Central, ABC, Sesame Workshop, Cornell University Medical Center, Lifetime Television, the Metropolitan Transit Authority, McCann-Erickson Worldwide, Philip Morris, Harris Interactive, the National Urban League, Warner Brothers, the New York Times, TBS/TNT, the Center for Disease Control, and Fox TV International. Other graduates have entered PhD programs in schools such as the University of Wisconsin, Rutgers University, SUNY Stony Brook, The University of Maryland, Columbia University, NYU, Fordham University, Michigan University, CUNY Graduate Center, and the Annenberg School of Communication or focused on other graduate programs such as law and social work. Our graduate social research program offers two degree options:

  • A 45 credit Master of Science in Social Research degree program for students with a Bachelor’s degree
  • An accelerated program leading to a combined BA and MS degree requiring 100 undergraduate and 45 graduate credits for outstanding students majoring in Sociology.

Five year BA/MS program in Sociology and Social Research

The accelerated degree sequence permits students to obtain both the BA and the MS degree in five years rather than the customary six years (4 years for the BA and 2 years for the MS) with significant savings in tuition. The last year of undergraduate studies is identical to the first year in the graduate program with credits earned in this year applied towards both degrees. In the normal six-year sequence, the students have to complete 120 credits for the BA plus 45 credits for the master degree, for a total of 165 credits. In contrast, the BA/MS sequence requires only a total of 145 credits entailing significant savings in time and funds.

Undergraduate students admitted to the program generally start their graduate course work towards the end of their junior year and must engage in full time studies. Specific graduate courses may be taken at an earlier point with the approval of the program advisers. No student however may commence full-time graduate studies without having met the requirements listed below. Students interested in the accelerated BA/MS program should contact the undergraduate advisors as early as possible. It is strongly suggested that students choose electives or select a minor with courses in their prospective area of concentration in the social research program such as economics for market research and consumer behavior, gender, social movements and global studies for international development, film and media studies for media analysis, and political science for policy analysis.

Eligibility and Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the program students must have completed the core, pluralism and diversity; and sociology major requirements for graduation. Strong candidates will have an overall grade point average of 3.5 or above. Note that the total number of credits accumulated before entering the BA/MS program may not exceed 100 credits.

The student must also meet honors requirements by completing either the honors seminar (SOC 473 or SOC 474) or honors independent study (SOC 471 OR SOC 472), a course in the graduate social research program (SOC 425 code) or a research internship (SOC 498). Credits generated though the honors requirement count towards the 30 required for the sociology major. Students are expected to have met these requirements by the end of their junior year.

In addition, students must meet all other requirements for admission to the graduate social research program as listed in the current graduate catalog except for taking the GRE (Graduate Record Examination). Before applying to the program students should meet with the undergraduate advisors Professor Halling or Wood. BA/MS applications are sent to the graduate director.

Degree & Major Requirements

The accelerated program requires the completion of 145 credits of which 30 credits count toward both degrees and 45 count toward the MS degree only. Upon completion of 145 credits, students obtain the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Master of Science in Social Research degrees. For other details on degree requirements, see the listing under the social research program.

Undergraduate: Core Courses (all required)

      SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
      SOC 221 Classical Sociological Theory
      SOC 223 Current Sociological Theory
      SOC 240 Introduction to Research Methods
      SOC 241 Social Statistics

Undergraduate: Upper Level Courses (select two)

      SOC 301 Medical Sociology
      SOC 307 Migration
      SOC 309 Social Movements and Social Change
      SOC 311 Population Dynamics
      SOC 313 Consumer Behavior
      SOC 315 Work and Society
      SOC 317 Class, Status, and Power
      SOC 318 Sociology of Human Rights in Latin America
      SOC 319 Criminology
      SOC 320 Law, Society and Civil Rights
      SOC 321 Sociology of Organizations
      SOC 325 Seminar In Selected Problems of Sociology
      SOC 331, 332 Field Placement and Independent Study
      SOC 345 Sociology of Knowledge, Science & Technology
      SOC 350 Qualitative Research Methods
      SOC 360 Feminist Social Theory
      SOC 361 Development and Modernization
      SOC 363 Social Change and Social Planning
      SOC 371, 372 Independent Study
      SOC 425 Seminar in Selected Problems of Sociology
      SOC 441 Advanced Research Methods
      SOC 461 Comparative Ethnic and Race Relations
      SOC 471-472 Honors
      SOC 473-474 Honors Seminar
      SOC 498 Internship

Undergraduate: Any Level Courses (select three)

      SOC 201 The Family
      SOC 203 Education
      SOC 205 Religion
      SOC 207 Leisure, Recreation, and Sports
      SOC 209 Arts in Modern Society
      SOC 211 Urban Sociology
      SOC 213 Political Sociology
      SOC 215 Occupations and Professions
      SOC 217 Ethnic and Race Relations
      SOC 218 Social Inequality
      SOC 219 American Society
      SOC 225 Seminar In Selected Problems of Sociology
      SOC 231 Introduction to Social Work Profession
      SOC 235 Community Organization and Action
      SOC 237 Social Welfare Policy
      SOC 239 Child Welfare
      SOC 251 Interpersonal Behavior
      SOC 253 Deviance and Social Control
      SOC 255 Youth and Adulthood
      SOC 257 Sex and Gender Roles
      SOC 259 Mass Media, Communication and Public Opinion
      SOC 301 Medical Sociology
      SOC 307 Migration
      SOC 309 Social Movements and Social Change
      SOC 311 Population Dynamics
      SOC 313 Consumer Behavior
      SOC 315 Work and Society
      SOC 317 Class, Status, and Power
      SOC 318 Sociology of Human Rights in Latin America
      SOC 319 Criminology
      SOC 320 Law, Society and Civil Rights
      SOC 325 Seminar In Selected Problems of Sociology
      SOC 331, 332 Field Placement and Independent Study
      SOC 345 Sociology of Knowledge, Science & Technology
      SOC 350 Qualitative Research Methods
      SOC 360 Feminist Social Theory
      SOC 361 Development and Modernization
      SOC 363 Social Change and Social Planning
      SOC 371, 372 Independent Study
      SOC 421 Sociology of Organizations
      SOC 425 Seminar in Selected Problems of Sociology
      SOC 441 Advanced Research Methods
      SOC 461 Comparative Ethnic and Race Relations
      SOC 471-472 Honors
      SOC 473-474 Honors Seminar
      SOC 498 Internship

Graduate: Core Courses (all required)

      GSR 702 Contemporary Sociological Theory
      GSR 708 Statistics I
      GSR 709 Statistics II
      GSR 710 Research Methods I (Qualitative Methods)
      GSR 711 Research Methods II (Quantitative Methods)
      GSR 716 Workshop in Using Information Technology for Research
      GSR 717 Seminar in Applied and Evaluation Research
      GSR 718 Research Internship (6 credits)
      GSR 719 Applied Research Seminar

Graduate: Electives (select five)

      GSR 722 Consumer Behavior
      GSR 723 Nonprofit and Social Marketing
      GSR 731 Television Programming and Audiences
      GSR 732 Motion Pictures
      GSR 733 The New Electronic Media and Information
      GSR 734 Electronic Media in Developing Countries
      GSR 741 Social Policy
      GSR 742 Public Policy Analysis
      GSR 746 Organizational Dynamics
      GSR 752 Focus Group Research Theory
      GSR 753 Critical Analysis of Higher Education
      GSR 761 Development Theories and Practices
      GSR 762 Rethinking Development in the Global Era
      GSR 763 International Development Practicum
      GSR 767 Interpersonal Process in Organizations
      GSR 790 Special Topics Seminar
      GSR 791, 792, 793 Independent Research

Please note that this checklist is simply a guide; students should contact an advisor should they have any questions/concerns.

Tuition

Students in the BA/MS program pay the undergraduate tuition rate for the first 120 credits required for the BA. They pay graduate tuition for the 25 additional credits needed to complete the master’s degree.