The master's degree program in Sociology at MTSU effectively prepares graduates that intend to pursue further, doctoral-level academic study or seek employment in non-academic and applied settings in the public, private, and non-profit economic sectors. With relatively small classes, a low student-faculty ratio, and ample funding opportunities, the program offers students quality interaction with award-winning faculty, along with opportunities to collaborate on presentation and publication of academic and applied research. Specialized training and experience are available in public/applied sociology, criminology/deviance, medical sociology, research methods, sex/gender, social gerontology, and work and organizations, among other areas. The program supports a large proportion of full- and part-time students, and offers competitive funding opportunities to support tuition, travel, and research.
Attorney Jerry Gonzalez, initially seeking a professor as an expert to help research legal work, ended up becoming an expert himself by studying for a master's in sociology at MTSU. He turned his law interest into a thesis, using statistical analysis on whether judicial commissioners are violating state statute by not considering employment, ties to community, and length of residence when determining flight risk and bail amount. Gonzalez plans additional research including real-life reasons why people don't appear for court (transportation, babysitting, and lack of electronic calendar use). After earning a bachelor's in biological science, he worked as a U.S. Navy flight officer and intelligence officer and achieved rank of lieutenant commander. Gonzalez then served as a Secret Service agent before adding his law degree in 1996. His practice focuses on federal criminal defense and cases dealing with employment discrimination and constitutional law.
Dr. Meredith Dye, MTSU sociology faculty member, has contributed significantly to an area lacking research attention: suicide and prison. The esteemed Criminal Justice and Behavior criminology journal (2013) published her study “I Just Wanted to Die,” which compared suicide ideation among women serving life sentences prior to serving time and while in prison. Dye, who collaborates with graduate students, has an article forthcoming for The Prison Journal (2014) entitled “‘The Rock I Cling To:’ Religion in the Lives of Life-Sentenced Women.” She teaches a topics graduate class, which has looked at declining crime rates and increased mass incarceration and has focused on societal experiences and reactions to deviance including a historic chronology. She was named one of the University’s Outstanding Teachers in 2012 by the MTSU Foundation and Outstanding Advisor in 2013 by the College of Liberal Arts.
MTSU students on the academic track receive the research and theoretical training necessary to become successful doctoral students and have a high rate of acceptance at various doctoral programs. Students on the applied track have graduated to direct state agencies and multi-million dollar federal programs; serve as federal, state, and local investigators, researchers, and consultants; and coordinate or participate in a variety of university, non-profit, and social service programs. Potential professions, some of which may require additional training, include
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers the Master of Arts with a major in Sociology, as well as minors in Sociology and Gerontology at the graduate level.
Admission to the M.A. in Sociology program requires
Conditional admission is possible, but not guaranteed, if the GRE score is less than acceptable, prerequisites are missing or the grade is less than a C, or GPA is less than 2.75.
For complete curriculum details, click on the REQUIREMENTS tab above.
MTSU has an undergraduate major in Sociology leading to the Bachelor of Science (B.S.) or a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers four undergraduate minors including Anthropology, Criminology, Family Studies, and Sociology. Department faculty members coordinate interdisciplinary minors in Archaeology, Asian Studies, International Media Studies, and Native American Studies.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers the Master of Arts with a major in Sociology and a minor in Sociology at the graduate level.
Please see undergraduate catalog for information regarding undergraduate programs.
Admission to the Master of Arts in Sociology program requires
Conditional admission is possible, but not guaranteed, under the following circumstances:
All application materials are to be submitted to the College of Graduate Studies.
Application deadline for the M.A. program is April 1 for Fall admission, September 15 for Spring admission, but applications are reviewed on a continuous, rolling basis by the Admissions Committee and Program Director.
Candidate must complete 36 hours in the following course of study:
3 credit hours
Encourages students to think sociologically, integrating theoretical knowledge with a critical examination of everyday experiences and social problems/issues. Addresses both classical and contemporary theories: structural, interpretive, micro and macro applications.
3 credit hours
Focuses on the design and application of quantitative data collection and analysis procedures to practical problems and issues. Students pursue supervised independent design and analysis using SPSS or SAS.
3 credit hours
An intermediate level treatment of statistical concepts and methods for the analysis of sociological data with emphasis on the application of multivariate statistical methods for basic and applied sociological research. Statistical analysis software (e.g., SPSS, SAS) applied to existing datasets.
3 credit hours
Focuses on the design and application of qualitative data collection and analysis procedures to practical problems and issues. Students pursue supervised independent and group projects.
3 credit hours
(Same as PSY 6661.) Prerequisite: SOC 3040 or permission of instructor. Methods and issues of client-centered social program evaluation. Topics include evaluation methods, proposal construction, report writing, and presentation techniques.
3 credit hours
A historical comparative examination of social policy formulation, structure, and consequences. Focus on policy formation in modern and developing nations. Critical analysis of social policy development.
1 to 6 credit hours
Prerequisite: Student must have filed Candidacy Form and selected thesis committee before enrolling. Selection of a research problem, review of pertinent literature, collection and analysis of data, and composition of thesis. Once enrolled, student should register for at least one credit hour of master's research each semester until completion. S/U grading.
Dr. Ronald H. Aday
Dr. Foster K. Amey
Dr. Kevin D. Breault
Professor | Co-editor of Sociological Spectrum
Dr. William L. Canak
Dr. Meredith Dye
Assistant Professor | Undergraduate Program Director
Dr. Jackie Eller
Dr. Brian P Hinote
Associate Professor | Health Care Informatics Coordinator
Dr. Brian P. Hinote serves as the coordinator and liaison for the Health Care Informatics concentration of MTSU's MSPS program. Before arriving at MTSU in 2007, Dr. Hinote earned his doctorate in sociology from the University of Alabama at Birmingham, specializing in health and medicine. Since then, he has compiled an impressive record of leadership, teaching, research, and service at MTSU and in his respective fields of study. In addition to clinical and research experience in areas as diverse as pediatrics, neurology, and cell biology, Dr. Hinote's interdisciplinary work appears in multiple books and peer-reviewed journals in social science, nursing, and medicine. With previous research stretching across multiple continents, his most recent work focuses on the various ways that social and behavioral science perspectives intersect and inform health care delivery and policy, clinical practice, and the work of various health professions. This line of inquiry has culminated in his latest book project, set for publication in 2016 (Rowman & Littlefield).
As a researcher and experienced educator, Dr. Hinote possesses valuable expertise working with students in various health fields, as well as health professionals already in the workforce. He is a recognized expert in academia, in law, and in business, and has a demonstrated record of leadership and collaboration across our university and community, and beyond. Dr. Hinote is also a graduate of Vanderbilt University's Peabody Institute in Higher Education Management, and has served as a university administration fellow in the Office of the Provost at Tennessee Technological University. He is an active member of the Graduate and Honors Faculties at MTSU, and is an officer in the Faculty Senate and a member of its Steering and Liaison Committees. Dr. Hinote has mentored many students from diverse backgrounds, and has presented or published papers with several of them. He is an experienced mentor and consultant, both on and off campus, and his research has been funded by multiple university grant and national research awards. His current research, with colleagues from multiple health and social science disciplines, is funded by the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.
Co-Editor-In-Chief, Sociological Spectrum Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior & Society (Wiley-Blackwell, 2014)
Hinote, Brian P. & Jason Adam Wasserman. 2016. Social & Behavioral Science for Health Professionals. Lanham, MD: Rowman & Littlefield.
Hinote, Brian P. 2015. "William Cockerham: The Contemporary Sociology of Health Lifestyles." The Palsgrave Handbook for Social Theory in Health, Illness & Medicine. Edited by Fran Collyer. Palgrave Macmillan.
Cockerham, William C. & Brian P. Hinote. 2015. "PAs in a Changing Society: A Sociologic Perspective." Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants 28:18-20.
Hinote, Brian P. 2014. "Fundamental Cause Explanation of Health and Disease." Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior & Society. Edited by Cockerham, W., Dingwall, R., & Quah, S. Wiley-Blackwell.
Hinote, Brian P. 2014. "Reflexive Modernization." Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior & Society. Edited by Cockerham, W., Dingwall, R., & Quah, S. Wiley-Blackwell. Hinote,
Brian P. 2014. "Habitus, Class & Health." Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior & Society. Edited by Cockerham, W., Dingwall, R., & Quah, S. Wiley-Blackwell.
Hinote, Brian P. 2014. "Life Chances & Health." Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior & Society. Edited by Cockerham, W., Dingwall, R., & Quah, S. Wiley-Blackwell.
Hinote, Brian P. 2014. "Health Locus of Control." Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior & Society. Edited by Cockerham, W., Dingwall, R., & Quah, S. Wiley-Blackwell.
Hinote, Brian P. 2014. "Sense of Control." Encyclopedia of Health, Illness, Behavior & Society. Edited by Cockerham, W., Dingwall, R., & Quah, S. Wiley-Blackwell.
Hinote, Brian P. and Jason Adam Wasserman. 2013. "Reflexive Modernity and the Sociology of Health." In Health Sociology on the Move: New Directions in Theory. Edited by William C. Cockerham. Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
Pace, Richard and Brian P. Hinote. 2013. Amazon Town TV: An Audience Ethnography in the Brazilian Amazon. University of Texas Press.
Hinote, Brian P. and Gretchen Webber. 2012. "Drinking Toward Manhood: Masculinity and Alcohol in the Former USSR." Men & Masculinities 15:292-310.
Hinote, Brian P. and Jason Adam Wasserman. 2012. "The Shifting Landscape of Health and Medicine: Implications for Childbirth Education and Practice." International Journal of Childbirth Education 27:69-75.
Wasserman, Jason Adam and Brian P. Hinote. 2012. "The End of Modern Medicine: The Evolution of Disease and Transformations in Medical Practice." Journal of Healthcare, Science and the Humanities 2:145-56.
Bennett, Matthew and Brian P. Hinote. 2012. "Socioeconomic Barriers to Mental Health Treatment." McNair Research Review 10:29-35.
Wasserman, Jason Adam and Brian P. Hinote. 2011. "Chronic Illness as Incalculable Risk: Scientific Uncertainty and Social Transformations in Medicine." Social Theory & Health 9:41-58.
Currey, Andrew and Brian P. Hinote. 2011. "The Evolution of Industrial Food Production: McDonaldization and Popultion Health." Scientia et Humanitas 1:121-35.
Watson, Amanda, Meredith Dye, and Brian P. Hinote. 2011. "Contact Hypothesis in Context: Household Characteristics, Community Perception, and Racial/Ethnic Prejudice in the U.S." Scientia et Humanitas 1:1-26.
Cockerham, William C. and Brian P. Hinote. In Press. "Health Lifestyles and Competing Explanations of the Mortality Crisis in the Former Soviet Union."; In France Meslé, Vladimir Shkolnikov, Jacques Vallin, and Anatoly Vishnevksy (eds.), Mortality in Countries of the Former USSR. Fifteen Years After the Breakup: Change or Continuity? Moscow: Center for Demography and Human Ecology. (In Russian)
Hinote, Brian P., William C. Cockerham, and Pamela Abbott. 2009. "Post-Communism and Female Tobacco Consumption in the Former Soviet States." Europe-Asia Studies, 61:1543-55.
Hinote, Brian P. 2009. "The Specter of Post-Communism: Competing Explanations for Health Crisis in the Former Soviet States." (Monograph). Saarbrücken, Germany: VDM Aktiengesellschaft & Company.
Hinote, Brian P., William C. Cockerham and Pamela Abbott. 2009. "Psychological Distress and Dietary Patterns in Eight Post-Soviet Republics." Appetite, 53:24-33.
Hinote, Brian P., William C. Cockerham and Pamela Abbott. 2009. "The Specter of Post-Communism: Women and Alcohol in Eight Post-Soviet States." Social Science & Medicine, 68:1254-62.
Cockerham, William C. and Brian P. Hinote. 2009. "Quantifying Habitus."; In Quantifying the Theories of Pierre Bourdieu. Karen Robson and Chris Sanders (eds.), Dordrecht, Netherlands: Springer.
Cockerham, William C. and Brian P. Hinote. 2008. "Health Care Systems: United States."; The International Encyclopedia of Public Health. H. Kristian Heggenhougen (ed.), Oxford, UK: Elsevier.
Clair, Jeffrey Michael, Cullen Clark, Brian P. Hinote, Caroline Robinson, and Jason Wasserman. 2007. "Developing, Integrating, and Perpetuating New Ways of Applying Sociology to Health, Medicine, Policy, and Everyday Life."; Social Science and Medicine 64:248-58.
Hinote, Brian P. 2007. "Health Locus of Control,"; in The Blackwell Encyclopedia of Sociology, ed. G. Ritzer. Oxford: Blackwell Publishing, 4:2063-2064.
Cockerham, William C., Brian P. Hinote, and Pamela Abbott. 2006. "A Sociological Model of Health Lifestyles: Conducting a Preliminary Test Using Russian Data."; Kölner Zeitschrift für Soziologie und Sozial Psychologie 46:177-97.
Cockerham, William C., Brian P. Hinote, and Pamela Abbott. 2006. "Psychological Distress, Gender, and Health Lifestyles in Belarus, Kazakhstan, Russia, and Ukraine."; Social Science and Medicine 63:2381-94.
Cockerham, William C., Brian P. Hinote, Geoffrey B. Cockerham, and Pamela Abbott. 2006. "Health Lifestyles and Political Ideology in Belarus, Russia, and Ukraine."; Social Science and Medicine 62:1799-1809.
Hinote, Brian P. and Kenneth L. Wilson. 2006. "Sustaining Mobilization: The Problem of Late-Stage Mobilization Among High-Risk HIV/AIDS Subpopulations."; Social Theory and Health 4:25-42.
Cockerham, William C., Brian P. Hinote, Pamela Abbott, and Christian Haerpfer. 2005. "Health Lifestyles in the Ukraine."; Sozial- und Präventivmedizin SPM (Social and Preventive Medicine) 50:264-71.
Cockerham, William C., Brian P. Hinote, Pamela Abbott, and Christian Haerpfer. 2004. "Health Lifestyles in Central Asia: The Case of Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan."; Social Science and Medicine 59:1409-21.
Dr. Vicky MacLean
Professor | Graduate Program Director
Dr. Angela Mertig
Dr. J. Brandon Wallace
Chair/Aging Studies Director/Professor
Dr. Gretchen Webber
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