Master of Science (M.S.)
M.S. candidates in Rural Sociology are expected to develop an understanding of rural sociology, research methods and statistics, and a general awareness of substantive, theoretical and methodological issues of fields within sociology (such as community development, demography, international development, or environment and natural resources).
At a minimum, students should take:
- AEREC 525 or its equivalent for research methods
- a two-semester statistics sequence (AG 400 and R SOC 573, or their equivalents)
- two or more of the following courses for rural sociology (R SOC 452, 501, 502, 508, 516 and 517).
A plan of study is devised in consultation with the student’s graduate committee, both to meet these recommendations, and to craft a curriculum that is tailored to the student’s academic background and career goals.