Program type:

Grad Track

On Campus
Est. time to complete:

5-6 years
Credit Hours:

Accelerate your path to innovative research and a deeper understanding of society and human behavior.
The Department of Sociology offers a five-year bachelor's/master's program for highly motivated Sociology majors. Our programs are designed to equip students for careers in academia and/or applied sociology. Students have opportunities to work closely with faculty on research projects in areas such as gender, race and ethnicity, globalization studies, urbanization and development, demography, aging, work and organizations, marriage and family, and environmental sociology.

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Why Earn Combined Sociology Degrees?

We’ll provide you with a well-rounded and comprehensive understanding of social theory and research methods. This is accomplished through a combination of core and elective courses taught by recognized scholars in their field.

The Master of Arts and Master of Science degrees are designed to give you an in-depth knowledge of a variety of substantive areas in sociology and to help you develop yourself as a professional researcher.

You also can work closely with faculty members in a variety of educational and research areas such as:

  • Comparative and global sociology
  • Demography
  • Development and social change
  • Environmental sociology
  • Health, illness and aging
  • Marriage and family
  • Race and ethnicity
  • Religion
  • Social inequality and stratification
  • Social media
  • Sustainable societies
  • Work and organizations
Marketable Skills
  • SPSS literacy
  • Oral and written communication
  • Teamwork
  • Analytical problem-solving
  • Introductory research methods
  • Quantitative and qualitative research design
  • Statistical analysis and interpretation
  • Conduct research literature reviews
  • Empirically-based analytical reasoning

Combined Sociology Degrees Highlights

Master's Thesis Option: Students who plan to pursue the Ph.D. after completing the master's degree are strongly encouraged to write a master's thesis. With this option, students are required to complete the core courses and an additional 15 hours of substantive courses, and must write and successfully defend a thesis.
Master's Non-Thesis Option: Students who take this option must complete a total of 30 hours of courses and pass a comprehensive exam designed by their advisory committee at the end of the program.
Our faculty members have published books, articles and research reports, presented research at national conferences and received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Commonwealth Fund.
Faculty research interests include demography, economic sociology, environmental sociology, gerontology and aging, medical sociology, sociology of development and social change, sociology of disasters, sociology of the family and the life cycle, and sustainable societies.
We offer flexible scheduling with classes available in the late afternoon or evening to accommodate work schedules and other personal commitments.
UNT's Sociology program is ranked 3rd in Texas, 13th in the South and 49th in the nation by

What Can You Do With Combined Sociology Degrees?

A Sociology degree can prepare you for numerous careers in human services and corporations or for an entry-level research job as an interviewer or statistician. You can work as a social worker, career or family counselor, parole or probation officer, or in a community service area. Related careers are available in:

  • Advertising and marketing agencies, manufacturing corporations and consulting firms
  • Criminal justice organizations
  • Government agencies, corporations and nonprofit organizations
  • Hospitals
  • Religious and youth organizations
  • Universities and colleges

We train graduate students in the latest sociological theories, methods and research in preparation for careers in higher education, marketing, social services, government, data science, health care and many other fields.

Combined Sociology Degrees Courses You Could Take

Sociology of Religion (3 hrs)
Review of the common sociological dimensions of all religions such as moral definitions, group membership and dynamics, prescribed ritual practices and definitions of the sacred. An examination of sociologists contributing to the field such as Durkheim and Weber. Includes a sociological analysis of selected major world religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.
Sociology of Sexuality (3 hrs)
Sexuality and how it is perceived, defined and experienced in the context of society. The course explores sexuality as a social and historical construction and focuses on how sexuality influences our lives as reflected in social norms, attitudes and beliefs, and through public and private policies and practices.
Sociological Theory (3 hrs)
Overview of the evolution, forms, and relations of classical and contemporary sociological theory. Focuses on the most influential classical and contemporary macro- and micro-sociological theories from the founding of sociology to the present day.
Criminological Theory (3 hrs)
Examination of the major theoretical explanations of criminality, the distribution of crime and the behavior of justice agencies.
Sociology of Education (3 hrs)
Interrelationships of schools and communities in American society; application of sociological concepts to the study of schools as social systems.
Race, Class, Gender and Ethnicity (3 hrs)
Social, cultural and economic perspectives on Native American, African American, Asian American and Mexican Americans; emphasizes work and family patterns for both women and men, racism and sexism, and contemporary movements for equality.

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