Recent Master's Theses:
“Migration and Transnationalism Among Middle Class Venezuelan Migrants to Illinois”
“Female Ministers Coping With the Stained Glass Ceiling”
“The 'Good' Farmer: Toward a New Sociology of Organic Farmers”
“Division of Household Labor and Childcare Responsibilities: Negotiations, Resources, and Strategies”
“The Effect of Race Upon Position Allocation in College Football”
“Exploring the Perfomative Culture of Energy: Lived Experience and Wind Farms in Rural New Hampshire”
“Closures and Consolidation: Schools, Farms, and Population Decline in Rural Illinois”
The Illinois State University Master’s Degree Program in Sociology emphasizes in-depth study of sociological theory, quantitative and qualitative research methods, and statistical analysis, while also offering advanced seminars in substantive areas in sociology as a foundation for graduate students’ original research projects.
Every student writes a master’s thesis as the capstone requirement of the program. Students are prepared to enter Ph.D. programs or embark upon a career where they will use the knowledge, advanced research skills, and enhanced writing, critical thinking, and oral communication abilities gained in the master’s degree program.
Alumni of our master’s degree program have gone on to successful careers in many fields, including:
Our alumni have been accepted to Ph.D. programs at many universities, such as the University of Chicago, University of Illinois, Indiana University, University of Minnesota, University of Oregon, University of California-Santa Barbara, and others.