Master of Arts in Sociology


The Sociology M.A. program provides a foundation in a broad range of sociological theories and research methods, and an opportunity for pursuing specialized interests in elective Sociology courses, courses in other departments, and thesis research. In addition to broad theoretical and methodological training, we offer specialized study in the following areas:

  • identities and communities
  • social inequalities and social justice
  • social movements and globalization
  • immigration and migration
  • race, ethnicity, and religion
  • networks, health and wellbeing
  • urban problems and culture
  • gender, sexualities, and families
  • childhood, youth, and education

The M.A. program requires completion of a minimum of 36 credit hours. Core requirements include courses in Research Methods, Sociological Theory, Statistics, a series of elective courses, and a thesis. Full time students typically earn their M.A. degree within two academic years.

None of the courses in the USF Sociology M.A. program is offered online or during summers; all require in person attendance throughout the regular academic year. Courses are taught during afternoons and evenings. The program, therefore, cannot be completed by students who work regular full-time jobs or who live out of state or far from the Tampa Bay area.

Religion and Social Change

Dr. James Cavendish (third from right) with students in his Religion & Social Change seminar.