Over 25 full-time and part-time students are enrolled in the Sociology graduate program at Florida Atlantic University.
The Master of Arts with Major in Sociology is designed to prepare to students for doctoral study in sociology and related programs. Additionally, the M.A. in Sociology prepare students for professional careers and teaching. There are two tracks in the program: generalist track and specialist track. The generalist track offers students a broad graduate education in sociology that can serve as the basis for a wide array of professional careers in the public and private sector. The specialist track is designed for students who would pursue a doctoral degree in Sociology. This track offers students the opportunity to design and carry out a research project in a particular area of sociological research under the direct mentorship of a faculty member. Students may apply to be admitted to the specialist track after completing 9 credits in the program.
"The graduate program in sociology at Florida Atlantic University unequivocally transformed my life. A first generation college student, it never occurred to me that I might have the opportunity to earn a graduate degree. There were times, in fact, that I was not sure I would finish my bachelor’s degree. It was the encouragement of just one professor that made the life I lead today possible. As a student, I learned how to think more critically and to see that social change is possible. Additionally, my peers and I formed close bonds which helped us stay focused on our educations, despite the many hardships that life presented to us while in the program. My current position as a professor at a community college was made possible as a result of the opportunity to teach independently while still a graduate student. The faculty and staff are inspiring, unabashedly helpful and committed to the success of the students. The feedback and persistence of just a few professors made the education that I received possible. Their wisdom and patience give me hope that other people will be as affected as I have been and continue, well after their formal educations are complete, to affect others. In short, I can sum up my educational experience as a series of enlightenments. I am accomplishing personal and career goals that I would have never thought possible even just a few years ago."
-- Suzanne L. Geoffroy
"Each and every faculty member that I had the privilege of studying under pushed me in a variety of ways to simultaneously expand my perspective and sharpen my focus. Each and every research project I undertook proved to be stimulating and meaningful. The teaching opportunity I received during my second year in the program was nothing less than a true gift for me, as I entered the graduate program knowing I wanted to prepare for a second career – in teaching. Besides the practical classroom experience, the graduate teaching practicum and various professional development training opportunities that were provided by the Sociology Department proved to be an asset during my post-graduate school job search, as I was able to land a teaching position within months of completing the program."
--Sonya Cooper Friedman
-- Lizeth Granados
-- Sara Guerrier
-- Rebecca Kuhn
-- Karen Rose
"As an undergraduate I was quite certain that I wanted to be a lawyer, that is, until I took a sociology course as an undergraduate at Florida Atlantic University. Sociology was eye-opening, as it spoke to my own personal desire to understand social problems. The legal field is still important for me, but penetrating the core of social issues became a prerequisite. I was particularly pleased that the training I received emphasized the interconnections between the personal, social, political, and economic realms of social life. I am leaving the program with greater awareness, deeper insights, more intellectual confidence, and a new sense of hope and possibility."
The graduate curriculum includes foundational courses in classic and contemporary social theory, qualitative and quantitative methods, core courses in social inequalities, and global sociology. We have 14 full-time faculty members and 40 full-time and part-time graduate students. The faculty in our department are scholar-educators who are highly committed to teaching and research excellence. We encourage you to visit us and discover first hand the variety our unique program offers. Your questions, concerns, and feedback are most welcome. Please contact us at 561-297-3270 (or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org ).