Information for Graduate Students
The master’s program in Sociology emphasizes the application of sociological theory and research methods to various social problems experienced by groups, communities, organizations, schools, and governmental bodies. We offer both an applied and thesis emphasis.
Sociology M.A. - Applied Emphasis
The applied emphasis program culminates in a professional research report based on the research internship experience.
Sociology M.A. - Thesis Emphasis
The thesis emphasis program culminates in a thesis research project.
The Department of Sociology offers a limited number of graduate assistantships to students who have been admitted to the Graduate Program. Most assistantships pay a 4-month stipend for in-state students and are awarded based on qualifications. Out-of-state assistantships are available in some cases. Graduate assistants work closely with professors in teaching and/or research activity and are appointed on a semester-by-semester basis.
Students seeking assistantships must submit a formal application for each semester. Application forms are available on the Sociology Department website. Deadlines to apply for assistantships generally occur early November for the following Spring semester and before April 1 for the following Fall semester.
Graduate assistantships provide the opportunity for students to work with faculty
Graduate students receiving departmental support are expected to actively engage in departmental research and/or perform services assisting professors’ instruction. Assistantships require that the student be enrolled 6-9 credit hours per semester. Audited courses do not count toward assistantship credit hour levels.
Each semester (Fall and Spring), all half-time assistants are expected to be available and perform services related to teaching and/or research for an average of 8 hours per week.
NOTE: Faculty with grant funds may support summer assistantships or wage payroll positions for graduate students.
Teaching Assistantships: Canvas and Email
If you are performing the role of Teaching Assistant and you need access to Canvas, you must have a first.last name email address and have it selected as your preferred email contact. Please see Lisa or contact IT if you have any questions.
Graduate and Teaching Assistantship Postings
The Sociology GATA assistantships that are available for Fall 2020 are posted below. They are due to the Sociology office via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Friday, April 17, 2020, 5:00 p.m.
- Dr. Angie Henderson Research Assistant for Commerical Sexual Exploitations Projects
- Dr. Angie Henderson Teaching Assisant for SOC 351 Classical Social Theory and SOC 231 Intro to Sociological Practice
- Dr. Rebecca Beals Teaching Assistant for SOC 361/363 Methods of Sociological Research I
- Sandra Harmon Teaching Assistant for SOC 362/364 Methods of Sociological Research II, SOC 305 Soc of Disability, SOC 395 Work & Family, and SOC 400 Senior Seminar
- Dr. Cliff Leek Teaching Assistant for SOC 237 Sociology of Race, Racism, and Power
- Dr. Cliff Leek Research Assistant for multiple projects on topic of masculinities and white supremacist movements
- Dr. Harmony Newman Research Assistants regarding sexist experiences in geology field camps
- Dr. Josh Packard, Graduate Assistant for the Social Research Lab
- MA Committee Application
- MA Matriculation Progress
- UNC Sociology Graduate Handbook
- UNC Graduate School Handbook
- Conferences and Paper Awards
- Thesis Formatting - MS Word
- Thesis Formatting - MS Word MAC
- AKD Application
- Petition to Count Work Toward Higher Degree Form
- Graduate School Forms