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Sociology BA/MA - Applied Social Research

(HEGIS: 22.08 SOCIOLOGY, CIP: 45.1101 Sociology)

Department of Sociology

430 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4670

Dr. Robert Adelman
Department Chair

Dr. Kristen Schultz Lee
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Associated Programs

Why study Sociology BA/MA - Applied Social Research at UB?

The BA/MA in Sociology with a formal Concentration in Applied Social Research provides students with extra training in research design and the advanced statistical and qualitative research methods used to analyze social issues. Students will understand and be able to apply sociological theories and research techniques to social issues, linking ideas with evidence in a combined undergraduate/graduate program that prepares students for a range of career options. The BA/MA in Applied Social Research is designed for students who want high-quality research and analytic skills.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will:

  • Have in-depth familiarity with and understanding of the research methods used by sociologists, and will have the skills to conduct original data collection and analysis of primary and secondary data
  • Understand foundational and advanced statistical methods and be able to apply statistical methods to the analysis of social issues
  • Understand the role of theory in sociology. Students will be able to describe the significance of social theory to society, compare and contrast basic theoretical orientations, and apply sociological theories to social issues
  • Have comprehension of the theory, methods, and content of one or more of the Department's core areas of Family and the Life Course, Law and Social Policy, Social Inequalities, Urban and Community, and/or Work and Organizations
  • Have skills associated with presenting high quality social science research to diverse audiences

The Learning Environment

We offer courses from across the main subfields in sociology. Our course offerings range from small discussion-based classes to larger lectures and remote courses. Our department encourages the development of research skills among our undergraduate students both in the classroom, through our research-intensive course offerings, and outside the classroom, through faculty-student research collaborations.

About Our Facilities

The Sociology Department is housed in Park Hall. The department holds classes in centrally scheduled space throughout the campus, which includes traditional classrooms and lecture halls.

About Our Faculty

We have an intellectually diverse and research-productive faculty that deliver high quality graduate and undergraduate mentoring and training, engage in extensive professional service, and publish research in top general and specialty journals. More than half of the Department faculty actively seek grants, and several faculty members have received awards over the years for outstanding teaching. We also have 3 Teaching Assistants and 4-5 adjuncts who teach our undergraduate courses.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Sociology department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

As a broad social science, a degree in sociology provides students with the technical and analytic tools, critical thinking skills, and global perspective needed to navigate the 21st century successfully and succeed in many careers. The jobs current students apply for after graduation may not even exist yet. To keep up with a rapidly changing world, sociology students acquire the tools to critically analyze the world and their place within it. They also learn the practical skills they need to succeed.

Graduates of the BA/MA program will apply their knowledge and skills across a wide variety of occupations and professions including medical and health services, recreation, business, law and law enforcement, urban planning, social policy, and social services. They are also prepared for further graduate study at the PhD level in areas such as sociology, public policy, social work, and other social sciences.

Academic Advising

Students may contact the Sociology department (716-645-2417) for information on advising, or contact the CAS Advisement Office (716-645-6883).

Academic Advising Contact Information

Darren Portis advises Sociology students with a last name beginning with A-L, and Eric Streeter is the adviser for students with last names M-Z.

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Sociology Scholarship for Study Abroad is awarded annually to students in our undergraduate programs who require financial assistance to fund participation in a study abroad program. Awards are granted on a competitive basis to defray the expense of airfare for the program.

The Department of Sociology also offers several scholarships to eligible UB undergraduate students in our programs who decide to enroll in the BA/MA program and pursue a Master's degree in Sociology at UB.

Students in our program may also qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of other sources, including: Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships, and UB College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships and Awards.

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Published: Nov 23, 2021 13:19:51