|The Master's Thesis|
The master's thesis process involves:
The thesis committee consists of a minimum of three full-time faculty members, including one from outside the Department of Sociology. This committee will be responsible for guiding the research process, evaluating the final draft of the thesis, presiding over the oral defenses of the thesis proposal and the completed manuscript, and approving the journal article for submission for publication.
Two types of documents are acceptable for the thesis. The first is a longer, traditional thesis organized in the form of a short book monograph. This option is especially appropriate for qualitatively based research. The second type of document is a manuscript in the standard form of a journal article with appended materials. Specifically, this journal article thesis will consist of:
After successful oral defense of the thesis, and before application for the master's degree, the student must submit a manuscript for review to a respectable journal. This article must be an independent endeavor, although thesis committee members may be listed as secondary authors insofar as each member contributes to the substance of the work. For a student writing a traditional thesis, the thesis committee may judge the entire document worthy of publication. In such cases, the work may be submitted to a book publisher for review.