Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Sociology BA/MA - Applied Social Research

(HEGIS: 22.08 SOCIOLOGY, CIP: 52.0201 Business Administration and Management, General)


430 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4140
Ph: 716-645-2417
F: 716-645-3934
W: www.sociology.buffalo.edu
Dr. Debra Street
Department Chair
Dr. Kristen Schultz Lee
Director of Undergraduate Studies

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, with specializations for majors in health and society, crime, law and justice, and global sociology. Our course offerings range from small discussion-based classes to larger lectures and online 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 our 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 Nathaniel Cantor Scholarship Fund is an annual scholarship for sociology or anthropology undergraduate students who plan to enter social work, vocational rehabilitation, or anthropology.

The Sociology Scholarship for Study Abroad is awarded annually to undergraduate sociology majors and minors and criminology minors 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 sociology majors and minors and criminology minors who decide to extend their studies after receiving the Bachelor's degree, by pursuing 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.

Experiential Learning

Independent Study

Sociology students occasionally work individually with faculty through independent studies, assisting with ongoing research projects or developing projects of their own. Valuable research experience may be acquired in this manner.

Internship Program

The internship program is designed to provide practical career-related experience to the sociology major. Placements are available in a wide variety of settings. Internship opportunities are restricted to majors only with junior or senior class standing.

Study Abroad

London Study Abroad Program

Each spring, the Department offers a semester-long study abroad program in London, one of the most vibrant, multicultural, and truly global cities in the world. The program provides an insider's view of London by combining comparative coursework on cutting-edge social issues, the opportunity to pursue independent research, and a professional internship for academic credit. The internships are designed to integrate students into a local organization and provide students with an opportunity to enhance intercultural skills and career prospects while making an active contribution to the company or organization. You can find more information about the program on our website, by contacting the Study Abroad office (716-645-2417).

Winter Session

The Department usually offers a number of Winter Session courses, which can include courses in London and Singapore.

Extracurricular Activities

Alpha Kappa Delta/Zeta Chapter at UB accepts sociology majors with a minimum GPA of 3.0 in sociology and overall. Students must have completed at least 12 credit hours in sociology and must be at least a junior. For more information, call (716) 645-2417.

The Undergraduate Sociology Club welcomes all students interested in sociology, regardless of major. Attending the meetings and events of the Sociology Club is one of the best ways to get connected to the department. The Club sponsors events such as movie nights, dinners with faculty, seminars and speakers, field trips, job market and graduate school information sessions, and otherwise serves as a gathering-point for student interests and activities. The Sociology Club also helps organize the departmental graduation ceremony. For more information, email Professor Kristen Schultz Lee (kslee4@buffalo.edu) or call (716) 645-2417.

See the UB Student Association.

Honors and Awards

The Lucia Maria Houpt Prize is awarded each year at graduation "to a student of the senior class judged as having shown the greatest excellence and proficiency in the work of the Sociology department during the academic year."

Sociology majors and minors and criminology minors in good standing are invited each year to submit term papers or sociological research projects (including Honors theses and Independent Study final papers) written within the current academic year for consideration for the Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award.

Departmental Honors

The honors program provides students with a unique opportunity to pursue an individual research project under close faculty supervision. Honors graduates will be designated as graduating with honors (minimum GPA of 3.25), high honors (minimum 3.5), or highest honors (minimum 3.75).

Becoming a(n) Sociology BA/MA - Applied Social Research Student

Becoming a University at Buffalo Student

Admission to UB is highly competitive. For the 2016 incoming freshman class, UB reported an average ACT score of 24-30 and an average SAT (CR+M) score of 1100-1300. 90 percent of admitted students are in the top 50 percent of their class.

Admission to UB is based on a holistic review. We consider high school average, class rank, SAT (critical reading and math) or ACT scores, and strength of the high school academic record. A personal essay, recommendations, documented creative talent, demonstrated leadership, community service and special circumstances are also considered.

The following is not required for admission, but is suggested as adequate preparation for university-level coursework:

  • Four years of English (with a substantial writing component)
  • Four years of social studies
  • Three years of college-preparatory science
  • Three years of a second language
  • Three years of college-preparatory mathematics

Visit Undergraduate Admissions to learn more.

Suggested Introductory Courses

SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
SOC 206 Social Problems
SOC 211 Sociology of Diversity

Completing the Sociology BA/MA - Applied Social Research Program

Academic Requirements

Students applying to the undergraduate portion of the BA/MA program should have completed at least 60 undergraduate credits (with at least two Sociology courses completed) with an overall GPA of 2.75 and GPA of 3.20 in Sociology. Students can apply for the combined program during the spring of their sophomore year or later. The graduate admission committee must approve all applications.

Academic Advice

Four of the five undergraduate electives must be research-focused sociology courses. See current list of approved courses on the Department's website.

Most of these courses are only offered once each year; therefore, students need to plan ahead to be certain that they enroll in the required courses during the appropriate semesters.

Transfer Credit Policy

Students may transfer sociology courses taken elsewhere; however, the department accepts no more than 15 credit hours of appropriate sociology courses toward the major requirements. Course descriptions and syllabi may need to be provided to the department.    

SUNY Seamless Transfer is a SUNY-wide program intended to make transferring to UB and other SUNY Schools simple and efficient for SUNY students. SUNY has defined courses that SUNY students can take before transferring which will apply to the major at UB and ensure timely graduation.

Information about the Transfer Path for this major can be found on the SUNY Website.

Students are encouraged to contact their academic advisor or department to discuss how their coursework will apply to their degree.

Prerequisite Courses

2 undergraduate sociology courses, including SOC 101
60 undergraduate credits

Required Courses

Students must complete with a C or better the required undergraduate courses SOC 101, SOC 293, SOC 294, SOC 349, plus twelve sociology credit hours that include a research component (see sociology department website for list of courses that meet this requirement) plus an additional 3 credit hours in sociology courses at the 300/400 level, for a total of fifteen credit hours.

At the Graduate level, students must complete a total of 30 hours, including 9 hours of required credits (SOC 504, SOC 567, SOC 606, with a grade of C or higher), 9 graduate-level credits chosen from list of research-focused courses (see department website for course list), and 6-12 credits in electives, with the options to take up to 3 credits in Thesis Guidance or 3 credits in Sociology Topics.

Departmental Honors Requirements

The honors program in the Department of Sociology requires a minimum GPA of 3.25 in sociology and overall. Students must have junior or senior standing and be a major in sociology. Students choosing to participate in the honors program are required to complete 6 hours of honors credit in the department, normally spanning two semesters.

Total Credit Hours Required

Credits Required for Major (Undergraduate) 28
Credits Required for Major (Graduate)  30
Additional Credits Required for UB Curriculum   33
Additional Credits Required for Electives  46
Total Credits Required for Degree 137

See Baccalaureate Degree Requirements for general education and remaining university requirements.

Curricular Plan / Degree Map

View the Curricular Plan for the Sociology BA/MA which is a recommended sequence of courses to help achieve these degrees in five years.  


430 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4140
Ph: 716-645-2417
F: 716-645-3934
W: www.sociology.buffalo.edu
Dr. Debra Street
Department Chair
Dr. Kristen Schultz Lee
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Published: May 02, 2017 08:42:20 AM