Sociology and Social Justice

Degree Offered 

M.A. in Sociology and Social Justice

Campus Options

Main Campus (Union, NJ)

Application Deadline 

Fall:        June 1
Spring:   December 1

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The Kean University Master’s degree program in Sociology and Social Justice prepares students to address inequality based on identity categories such as race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and ability. It is the first of its kind in the state and the region. Social justice is the study of how social advantages and disadvantages are distributed, the relation­ship between social identity and inequality, and the practice of reducing the gap between them at local, national, and global levels. It is a perspective for understanding and for action. The program further seeks to inspire a commitment to democracy and firm principles of egalitarianism and equity that will prepare graduates for positions in research, teaching, public service, business and other positions where they may serve as agents of social change. The program emphasizes the interplay between theoretical and applied approaches in sociology, and provides students with an integrated culminat­ing practicum and master’s thesis experience. Successful graduates from our program will complete a total of 36 credits (including the practicum and the master’s thesis supervision). Our ideal student should have the passion to pursue jus­tice, the ability to argue for those who cannot, the knowledge to understand public issues, the courage to challenge op­pression, and the humanity to bring people together for a noble cause.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

In addition to the University's admission requirements:

  • Baccalaureate degree from an accredited college or university
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (lower GPAs will be considered based on strength of overall application)
  • Official transcripts from all institutions attended
  • GRE (Graduate Record Exam) test scores (this requirement is waived for highly qualified applicant with a cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.7 or higher)
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • Professional Resume/CV
  • Personal statement
  • Departmental interview may be required
  • TOEFL (for applicants whose native language is not English)

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

  • 36 credits including Thesis and Comprehensive Examination
  • Comprehensive examination

REQUIRED CORE COURSES-18 CREDITS

(Students are advised to begin with

Introduction to Social Justice, Sociological Theory, or Sociological Analysis)

SOC 5000

Introduction to Social Justice

3 credits

SOC 5050

Sociological Theory

3 credits

SOC 5055

Sociological Analysis

3 credits

SOC 5030

Quantitative Research Methodology

3 credits

SOC 5031

Qualitative Research Methodology

3 credits

SOC 5060

Social Justice Policy

3 credits

 

ELECTIVE COURSES– 12 CREDITS

Select any four courses from this group of electives; One course from another graduate program

may be substituted with advisement

SOC 5111

Analyzing Power and Oppression

3 credits

SOC 5151

Class and Social Injury

3 credits

SOC 5010

Consulting and Action Research in Social Justice

3 credits

SOC 5100

The Sociology of Global Oppression

3 credits

SOC 5160

The Oppressive Workplace

3 credits

SOC 5101

Gender, Society, and Inequality

3 credits

SOC 5120

Environmental Justice and Social Resistance

3 credits

SOC 5016

Topics in Social Justice

3 credits

 

REQUIRED CAPSTONE COURSES – 6 CREDITS

(Students are free to select the topic of their Thesis from any prior course taken in the program)

SOC 5301

Research Practicum in Sociology

3 credits

SOC 5302

Thesis Supervision in Sociology

3 credits

 

COMPREHENSIVE EXAMINATION

The Comprehensive Exam is required of all students after successful completion of

21 credits of course work.

TOTAL OF 36 CREDITS TO COMPLETE PROGRAM

 

Program coordinator

Admissions Counselor

DR. JULIA NEVAREZ
Hutchinson 103H
T. 908.737.4058
jnevarez@kean.edu

MR. STEVEN KOCH
Graduate Admissions Counselor
T. 908.737.7136
skoch@kean.edu

 

 

9/17/13