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University Bulletin: Graduate Programs The George Washington University  



University Professor A. Etzioni

Professors P.H.M. Lengermann (Research), W.J. Chambliss, S.A. Tuch (Chair), R. Weitzer, R.J. Cottrol, G.D. Squires, R. Whitaker, D. Guthrie

Associate Professors C. Deitch, I. Ken, D.S. Eglitis

Assistant Professors F. Buntman, H. Ishizawa, A. Jones, M. Kelso, E. Morrison, V. Rankin (Research)

Professorial Lecturers R.B. Zamoff, D. Marshall, L. Osborne

Lecturers M. Wenger, L. Joseph

Master of Arts in the field of sociology—Prerequisite: a bachelor’s degree with a major in sociology or in an approved related field.

Required: the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. All students must complete at least 30 credit hours of graduate course work plus a thesis (Soc 6998-99). The following courses are required for the degree: Soc 6230, 6231, 6238, 6239, and either 6232 or 6240; plus two courses in a major field and one course in a minor field. Fields of specialization are criminology, social stratification, and urban sociology. With the consent of an advisor, one graduate course in a related department or program can be used for either one of the major courses or for the minor course requirement. No more than 3 credits of Soc 6295 may be applied toward degree requirements.

Master of Arts in the field of criminology—This program is a joint offering of the Department of Sociology and the Department of Forensic Sciences. Prerequisite: a bachelor’s degree in sociology, criminal justice, criminology, or a related field.

Required: the general requirements stated under Columbian College of Arts and Sciences. All students must complete at least 30 credit hours of graduate course work plus a thesis (Soc 6998-99) or 36 credit hours of graduate course work and a comprehensive examination. The following courses are required for the degree: Soc 6230, 6231, either 6238or 6239, 6258, 6259, and either Soc 6232 or 6240; ForS 6221; five elective courses in criminology, of which at least two are in forensic sciences and at least one is chosen from Soc 6260, 6261, 6262, 6263, 6264, 6266, 6273. Students opting for a thesis substitute Soc 6998-99 for two of the elective courses.

With permission, a limited number of upper-division undergraduate courses in the department may be taken for graduate credit; additional course work is required. See the Undergraduate Programs Bulletin for course listings.

The green leaf indicates that the course addresses environmental, social or economic sustainability.
6230 Sociological Research Methods (3) Tuch, Ishizawa, Jones
  Survey of the procedures, methods, and problems of contemporary sociological data collection, with an emphasis on survey methods. Major topics include research design, instrument construction, survey sampling, and measurement. (Fall)
6231 Data Analysis (3) Tuch, Ishizawa, Jones
  Intensive study of quantitative data analysis techniques, with strong emphasis on computer applications. Prerequisite: Soc 6230. (Spring)
6232 Qualitative Methodology: Doing Field Research (3) Chambliss, Weitzer, Kelso
  Practical application of data collection methods in natural settings; observation, participant observation, and field experience. Emphasis on implementing research projects by using these methods for purposes of developing empirically grounded theory. (Fall)
6238 Development of Sociological Theory (3) Chambliss, Ken, Eglitis
  Development of sociology from the early 1800s to the 1920s. Intensive analysis and critique of the classical theoretical statements. (Fall)
6239 Contemporary Sociological Theory (3) Ken, Eglitis
  Intensive examination and evaluation of contemporary schools of sociological theory. Advanced analysis of theoretical perspectives. (Spring)
6240 Field Research in Organizational Settings (3) Staff
  Applications of field research techniques in formal organizational settings. Examination of the logic of qualitative inquiry and techniques of qualitative data collection. Intensive interviewing and participant observation in field settings are emphasized. (Fall)
6244 Sociology of Families and Kinship (3) Staff
  A systematic introduction to recent theoretical perspectives and empirical research on family patterns. The course combines a focus on how and why societal family patterns vary and change over time with an examination of how individuals vary in their experience of life course transitions, such as marriage, childbirth, employment, divorce, and retirement. (Fall)
6245 Race Relations (3) Tuch, Squires, Jones, and Staff
  Systematic analysis of race relations and inequality, primarily in the United States. Topics include current status and recent trends in inequality, the institutional and organizational patterning of discrimination, the structure of racial attitudes, theoretical perspectives on race relations, and selected policy issues. (Spring)
6246 Comparative Race and Ethnicity (3) Weitzer
  Examination of race and ethnic relations in comparative, international perspective. Selected societies are analyzed in terms of patterns of racial and ethnic inequality, intergroup relations, institutional foundations of discrimination, social control systems, and sources of social change. (Spring)
6248 Race and Urban Redevelopment (3) Squires
An examination of sociological forces shaping the development of metropolitan areas, racial inequality, and the intersections of urban development and race relations. Major theories of urban and metropolitan development and causes of racial inequality; major past and current public policies.
6250 Urban Sociology (3) Squires, Ishizawa, Jones
Systematic analysis of urbanization and life within urban areas, primarily in the United States. Topics include theoretical perspectives on urban growth and neighborhood change, housing, the community question, neighborhood effects on individuals within the metropolis, and selected policy issues.
6252 Selected Topics (3) Staff
  Examination of selected topics of general importance to sociology. May be repeated once for credit. (Fall and spring)
6254 Evaluation Research (3) Staff
  Systematic survey of the conceptualization, design, and practice of evaluation research. Prerequisite: Soc 6230. (Spring)
6255 Practicum in Applied Research (3 or 6) Staff
  Supervised sociological research through an internship in a local organization (e.g., a government agency, a non-governmental organization, or a research firm). The internship must be for at least 10 hours a week. Weekly seminar; final paper. Prerequisite: completion of all methodology requirements for the M.A. degree. (Fall, spring, and summer)
6258 Deviance and Control (3) Weitzer
  Examination of major theories and research in the field of deviance and social control, with special emphasis on recent empirical advances and comparative perspectives. (Fall)
6259 Criminology (3) Chambliss, Weitzer, Buntman
  The status of various criminology theories. Theories of crime causation and crime control; cross-cultural research on crime. (Spring)
6260 Special Topics in Criminal Justice (3) Chambliss, Weitzer, Buntman
  Examination of selected topics in criminal justice. May be repeated once for credit if the topic differs. (Fall and spring)
6261 Sociology of Law (3) Chambliss, Buntman
  The development and use of law in complex societies, including the different roles of civil and criminal law. The role of the sociology of law within the discipline of sociology. (Spring)
6262 Corrections (3) Buntman
  Analysis of adult and juvenile correctional systems, including probation, parole, jails, and prisons. Topics include theoretical perspectives, the impact of corrections on crime rates, and evaluations of sentencing and other reforms. (Spring)
6263 Race and Crime (3) Weitzer, Buntman
  Examination of race, crime, and punishment in American society. Analysis of competing theoretical explanations for interracial differences in crime rates, and racial patterns in the apprehension, adjudication, and punishment of offenders. (Fall)
6264 Organized Crime (3) Chambliss
  The role of organized crime in the political economy of different countries, with emphasis on the development of organized crime networks in the United States. (Spring)
6265 Women, Welfare, and Poverty (3) Deitch
  Same as WStu 6265.
6266 Gender and Criminal Justice (3) Buntman
  How understandings, practices, and theories of gender shape the workings of criminal justice systems, including issues of criminality and responses to crime, victimization and violence, and definitions of illegal behaviors. Same as WStu 6266.
6268 Race, Gender, and Class (3) Deitch, Ken
  How social structures are constructed through race, gender, and class and how they shape experience. The intersections of race, gender, and class in education, science, politics, labor markets, and social welfare policies. Same as WStu 6268. (Spring)
6271 Gender and Society (3) Ken, Eglitis
  Examination of current empirical and theoretical work on gender as an organizing principle of social relations. Consideration of the relationship of gender to sex and sexuality. Same as WStu 6271. (Fall)
6273 The Sex Industry (3) Weitzer
  Sociological examination of prostitution, pornography, and other forms of sex work in the United States and internationally. Topics include theoretical perspectives, structure of the sex industry, workers’ experiences, gender issues, political conflicts, and policy implications. (Spring)
6286 The Law of Race and Slavery (3) Cottrol
  Same as Hist 6312 and Law 6596.
6290 Principles of Demography (3) Staff
  Same as Econ/Geog 6290/Stat 6290.
6291 Methods of Demographic Analysis (3) Staff
  Same as Econ/Geog 6291/Stat 6291.
6295 Research (arr.) Staff
  Independent study and special projects. Before permission is granted to register for Soc 6295, the student must submit a written plan of study for the approval of the staff member of the department who will be directing the research. May be repeated once for credit but to no more than a total of 6 credits. (Fall, spring, and summer)
6998-99 Thesis Research (3-3) Staff

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