Master of Science (M.S.), Major in Dementia and Aging Studies

Major Program

This interdisciplinary, online degree offers cutting-edge knowledge about dementia and aging studies, including evolving issues related to the care of persons with dementia and other topics related to aging and the life course. 

Housed in the Department of Sociology, this program also includes coursework from the Department of Communication Studies, the School of Health Administration, and the School of Social Work.

Admission Policy

For information regarding admission application requirements and deadlines, please visit The Graduate College website at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/das.html.

Degree Requirements

The program is composed of three tracks:

  1. Dementia and long-term care
  2. Practitioner
  3. Research

Each offers a different pathway for students upon graduation.

Course Work Requirements

All students pursuing an M.S. in dementia and aging studies must complete the required core, which consists of the following 12 hours:

Dementia and Aging Studies Core
SOCI 5351Introduction to Dementia Studies3
SOCI 5352Dementia and Caregiving3
SOCI 5355The Social Psychology of Dementia3
SOCI 5383Seminar on Aging3
Total Hours12

Dementia and Long-term Care Track

Dementia and long-term care allies the long-term care certificate with core course work from the Department of Sociology to provide a social model of care approach to students who want to work in extended living environments when they graduate. Students in the dementia and long term care track take the following courses:

Dementia and Aging Studies Core 12
Dementia and Long-term Care Courses
LTCA 5322Environmental Management in Long Term Care3
LTCA 5323Governance Management in Long Term Care3
LTCA 5324Personnel Management in Long Term Care3
LTCA 5325Resident Care Management in Long Term Care3
LTCA 5335Financial Management in Long Term Care3
LTCA 5681Internship in Long Term Care6
Total Hours33

Practitioner Track

The practitioner track offers an in-depth education involving course work from all participating departments and allowing students to work in any facility or organization whose concern is the health and well-being of the individuals affected by dementia. Students in the practitioner track take the following courses:

Dementia and Aging Studies Core 12
Practitioner Courses
Choose 21 hours from the following:21
Communication and Aging
Environmental Management in Long Term Care
Governance Management in Long Term Care
Personnel Management in Long Term Care
Resident Care Management in Long Term Care
Financial Management in Long Term Care
Internship in Long Term Care
Theoretical Perspectives in Aging and Dementia
End of Life Care
Gender and Aging in Society
Aging and Dementia: Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Rural Aging and Dementia
Seminar in Medical Sociology
Clinical Sociology: Counseling the Elderly
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging
Total Hours33

Research Track

The research track offers masters-level research courses, as well as core course work, to prepare students for doctoral programs in gerontology, sociology, and related fields. Students in the research track take the following courses:

Dementia and Aging Studies Core12
Research Courses
SOCI 5307Advanced Statistics for the Social Sciences3
SOCI 5308Seminar in Research Methods3
or SOCI 5309 Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods
Choose 9 hours from the following electives:9
Communication and Aging
Seminar in Research Methods
Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods
Seminar in Advanced Data Applications
Theoretical Perspectives in Aging and Dementia
End of Life Care
Gender and Aging in Society
Aging and Dementia: Racial and Ethnic Minorities
Rural Aging and Dementia
Seminar in Medical Sociology
Clinical Sociology: Counseling the Elderly
Interdisciplinary Perspectives on Aging
Thesis Courses
Choose a minimum 6 hours6
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Thesis
Total Hours33

Comprehensive Exams

Students in the practitioner and long-term care tracks must pass a comprehensive examination at the end of their course work. Students completing the research track must pass a comprehensive exam and defend their thesis at the end of their course work.

Students will be expected to demonstrate knowledge of material from their course work.

If a student elects to follow the thesis option for the degree, a committee to direct the written thesis will be established. The thesis must demonstrate the student’s capability for research and independent thought. Preparation of the thesis must be in conformity with the Graduate College Guide to Preparing and Submitting a Thesis or Dissertation. The thesis handbook may be accessed at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/docs/Thesis_Diss_Guide.pdf.

Thesis Proposal

The student must submit an official Master's Thesis Proposal form and proposal to his or her thesis committee. Thesis proposals vary by department and discipline. Please see your department for proposal guidelines and requirements. The required thesis proposal form may be obtained from The Graduate College at http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/gcforms.html. After signing the form and obtaining committee members’ signatures, graduate advisor’s signature (if required by the program), and the department chair’s signature, the student must submit the thesis proposal form with one copy of the proposal attached to the dean of The Graduate College for approval before proceeding with research on the thesis. If the thesis research involves human subjects, the student must obtain exemption or approval from the Texas State Institutional Review Board prior to submitting the proposal form to The Graduate College. If the thesis research involves vertebrate animals, the proposal form must include the Texas State IACUC approval code. It is recommended the thesis proposal form be submitted to the dean of The Graduate College by the end of the student’s enrollment in 5399A.

Thesis Committee

The thesis committee must be composed of a minimum of three approved graduate faculty members.

Thesis Enrollment and Credit

The completion of a minimum of six hours of thesis enrollment is required. Enrollment for the thesis will be in course number 5399A for a student’s initial thesis enrollment and a thesis B course for each subsequent thesis enrollment in the field in which the subject matter of the thesis falls, e.g., PS 5399A and PS 5399B. Preliminary discussions regarding the selection of a topic and assignment to a research supervisor will not require enrollment for the thesis course.

A student will be required to enroll in and pay the fee for at least one hour of the thesis course during any term in which the student will receive thesis supervision or guidance and/or in which the student is using university resources. Failure to register for the thesis course during a term in which supervision is received may result in postponement of graduation. After initial enrollment in 5399A, the student will continue to enroll in a thesis B course as long as it takes to complete the thesis. In the rare case when a student has not previously enrolled in thesis and plans to work on and complete the thesis in one term, the student will enroll in both 5399A and 5399B. The only grades assigned for thesis courses are PR (progress), CR (credit), W (withdrew), and F (failing). If acceptable progress is not being made in a thesis course, the instructor may issue a grade of F. If the student is making acceptable progress, a grade of PR is assigned until the thesis is completed. The minimum number of hours of thesis credit (“CR”) will be awarded only after the thesis is filed in the Alkek Library and the librarian has electronically returned the thesis card to the office of The Graduate College.

A student who has selected the thesis option must be registered for the thesis course during the term or Summer I (during summer the thesis course runs ten weeks for both sessions) in which the degree will be conferred.

Fee Reduction

A master’s degree candidate for graduation may be eligible for a one-time fee reduction under V.T.C.A. Education Code, Section 54.054. Please refer to the section titled Fee Reduction in the Additional Fees and Expenses chapter of this catalog for more information.

Thesis Deadlines and Approval Process

Thesis deadlines are posted at the following web page: http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/Thes-Diss_Info/T-D_Deadlines.html. The completed thesis must be submitted to the chair of the thesis committee no later than 41 days before the date of the commencement at which the degree is to be conferred.

The following must be submitted to the office of The Graduate College no later than 24 days, not counting weekends or holidays, before the date of commencement at which the degree is to be conferred (see The Graduate College webpage for specific deadlines):

  1. The Thesis/Dissertation Committee Approval form bearing original signatures of the student and all committee members.
  2. One (1) copy of the thesis in final form, approved by all committee members, on standard paper (Hard-copy Submission Option) or PDF of the thesis in final form, approved by all committee members, uploaded in the on-line Vireo submission system (Vireo On-line Submission Option).

After the dean of The Graduate College approves the thesis, the process is as follows:

  1. For the Vireo On-line Submission Option:
    1. No copies are required to be submitted to the Alkek Library. However, Alkek will bind copies submitted that the student wants bound for personal use. Personal copies are not required to be printed on archival quality paper. The student will take the personal copies to the Alkek Library and pay the binding fee for personal copies.

Master's level courses in Sociology and related disciplines: CDIS, LTCA, SOCI

Courses Offered

Communication Disorders (CDIS)

For dementia and aging studies majors only.

CDIS 5380. Communication and Aging.

The influx of senior citizens in our population will require preparation for the increased incidence of communication problems due to normal and pathological aging processes. This course will address how aging affects communication, how communication disorders manifest in the aging population, and implications for professionals working with older adults. This course is restricted to non-CDIS major graduate students.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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Long Term Care Administration

LTCA 5302. Elder Abuse and Mistreatment.

This course provides an introductory overview of key theories, concepts/principles, issues, practices and challenges in elder abuse and mistreatment (EA/M). Course content includes: definitions and theories, incidence and prevalence, risk/protective factors, assessment, prevention, intervention, factors affecting screening/reporting, and the impact of EA/M on victims, caregivers, family and society.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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LTCA 5305. Environmental Design for Dementia.

The potential of the physical environment to play an active role in supporting independence, stimulation, and life quality for individuals with dementia will be explored in this course. Emphasis will be placed on principles behind environmental design and the importance of utilizing the physical environment as a therapeutic tool.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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LTCA 5322. Environmental Management in Long Term Care.

Students will compare performance analyses of long-term care facilities with a focus on organizational culture, and internal and external customer satisfaction. Plans of managerial action to maximize customer satisfaction will be examined.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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LTCA 5323. Governance Management in Long Term Care.

Focuses on regulations for the operation of long term care facilities as promulgated by state and federal governments. Reviews the minimum requirements for licensure and the standards for Medicaid certification in Texas. Also examines specific activities and functions regarding accountability and enforcement procedures.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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LTCA 5324. Personnel Management in Long Term Care.

An examination of management issues in long-term care primarily in the critical areas of human resources, public relations, and marketing. Examples include staff recruitment and retention programs, training needs analysis, and marketing plan formulation.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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LTCA 5325. Resident Care Management in Long Term Care.

Administratively oriented content related to nursing care, quality indicator, and geriatric pharmacology utilized in long term care facilities. The course content reflects the relative legislative requirements mandated for nursing homes and other long-term care facilities.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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LTCA 5335. Financial Management in Long Term Care.

Students will examine the fiscal performance of selected facilities utilizing data from annual Medicaid cost reports with a focus on revenue enhancement and census development. Students will contrast various systems for determination of reimbursement and use reimbursement issues in a strategic planning sense.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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LTCA 5681. Internship in Long Term Care.

An internship in which the student works directly with a licensed nursing facility administrator in a licensed long-term care facility. Students will be exposed to all aspects of facility operation and management. Graded on a credit (CR), no credit (F) basis.
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6 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 24 Lab Contact Hours.
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Sociology (SOCI)

SOCI 5105. Practicum in Teaching Sociology.

An introduction to key concepts and practices in the teaching of college course in Sociology. Provides regular in-service training and planned periodic evaluations of instructional responsibilities. Required for first-year teaching and instructional assistants in the Sociology Department. This course does not earn graduate degree credit. Repeatable with different emphasis. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Graduate Assistantship|Exclude from Graduate GPA
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SOCI 5110. Proseminar in Sociology.

This course will orient new graduate students to the department and the profession. Topics include presentations at professional meetings, academic writing and publishing, and putting together curriculum vitae.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5199B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollment. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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1 Credit Hour. 1 Lecture Contact Hour. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5299B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollment. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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2 Credit Hours. 2 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5300. Foundation Studies in Sociology.

This course provides prerequisite knowledge required for success in graduate-level coursework in Sociology. Course content varies depending on academic preparation. This course does not earn graduate credit. Repeatable up to 12 hours with different emphasis. Prerequisite: Approval of graduate advisor in Sociology.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Exclude from Graduate GPA|Leveling
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SOCI 5306. Sociological Theory Seminar.

This graduate theory course examines the role of social theory in the historical and contemporary quest for knowledge and understanding of society. The first half of the course emphasizes the European Classics. The second half of the course is devoted to contemporary theory. Emphasis throughout will be on using theory to better understand current events and everyday life experiences.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5307. Advanced Statistics for the Social Sciences.

Application of advanced statistical theory and methods to the analysis of social data. Prerequisites: Sociology 3307 or equivalent with grade of “B” or better.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5308. Seminar in Research Methods.

The application of research methods to social science with emphasis on direct, practical experience in research. Departmental approval needed for non-majors.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5309. Seminar in Qualitative Research Methods.

This course examines qualitative methods in Sociology. Topics include examples of classical and modern qualitative research, and issues related to qualitative research. Students critique qualitative studies and conduct and defend a qualitative project. Departmental approval needed for non-majors.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5310. Teaching Sociology.

Objectives, methods, and materials of instruction in the sociology curriculum. Relation of sociology to other disciplines.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5316. Seminar in Deviation and Social Problems.

A systematic analysis of contemporary social problems and various types of social deviation. Emphasis is on the socialization process as it relates to social problems and human deviation. The sociological explanation of underlying factors will be stressed.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5318. Seminar in Advanced Data Applications.

This course will cover the application of various statistical techniques, such as chi-square, correlation, and regression while introducing statistical analysis to students using software such as SPSS and STATA. This course will use epidemiological data for application purposes. Prerequisite: SOCI 5307.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5319. Seminar in Social Psychology.

A critical appraisal of the major theories and theorists found in Social Psychology with emphasis on their application to contemporary social and psychological issues.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5320. Seminar in Demography.

A seminar in the study of population with emphasis on sources of demographic data, techniques of demographic analysis, and population composition and forecasts.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5322. Impact Analysis Research.

This course is designed to introduce students to the assessment of organizational impact. It addresses both the historical development and social functions of evaluation, as well as practical application of assessment research. Emphasis will be on appropriate research design, implementing the design, and analysis of data.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5323. Grant Writing for the Social Sciences.

This course offers an applied approach to developing grant-writing skills for the social scientist. It will cover all aspects of proposal development including idea generation, funding source identification, project description, project plan, project management, evaluation methods, and budget preparation strategies.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5337. Seminar in the Family.

An analysis of selected topics with respect to contemporary family structure and processes.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5343. Seminar in Criminology.

An analysis of theories and research related to the crime problem with particular emphasis on the United States. Emphasis will include a study of the role of punishment, corrections, and the reform of offenders. Special consideration will be given to influential social conditions that play a part in crime causation and prevention.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5347. Seminar in Juvenile Delinquency.

This seminar will examine juvenile delinquency from a sociological perspective. Many topics, including an historical examination of delinquency, theories of delinquency, the social context of delinquency, and social policy issues involving the juvenile justice system and youth-related social problems will be explored.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5350. Seminar on the Sociology of Gender.

This course is a graduate level seminar on the study of gender in sociology with a focus on issues of race, ethnicity, social class, and sexuality. We will examine the major contemporary scholarly debates about gender and explore how gender issues are embedded in different institutions and organizations.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5351. Introduction to Dementia Studies.

This course is an introduction to the social-scientific study of the causes and consequences of dementia, as well as to issues related to the care of persons with dementia.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5352. Dementia and Caregiving.

This course for the Dementia and Aging Studies degree covers current research on policy and support for caregivers of persons with dementia, with an emphasis on the applied sociological focus of caregiver training and education. The course also addresses broader public sociology issues of caregiving and healthcare.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5353. Seminar in the Community.

A study of contemporary urban society with emphasis on understanding the social structure as a prerequisite to planning and problem solving at the community level.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5354. Theoretical Perspectives in Aging and Dementia.

This course discusses theories of aging from biological, psychological, and social science perspectives. The course also demonstrates how these theories can be applied to analyzing various aging issues, particularly the social care of persons with Alzheimer's disease and other dementias.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5355. The Social Psychology of Dementia.

This course analyzes the social construction of dementia and salient social psychological theories, concepts, and research in dementia studies. It investigates the social psychology of dementia in relation to mind, identity, stereotypes, prejudice, attributions, socialization, emotions, social interaction and the impact of institutions on the self.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5356. End of Life Care.

This course focuses on issues of dying and death. Topics covered include symptom management, palliative care, hospice, pain control, life-sustaining treatment and spiritual, legal and ethical issues related to dying and death. Also covered will be different religious views on euthanasia, dying, death, and funerals.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5357. Gender and Aging in Society.

This course is a seminar on the study of gender and aging. This seminar will examine issues of aging identities, the aging body, sexuality, health and medicine, and caregiving among older adults. This course emphasizes the aging experience in our culture as a fundamentally gendered phenomenon.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5358. Seminar in the Sociology of Work and Occupations.

This course will explore the organization, experience, and meaning of work in modern societies. Students will analyze the context and structure of different industries and occupations, how and why inequalities in the workplace occur, the balance between work and family, and the effects of globalization.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5359. Seminar in Drugs and Society.

A sociological examination of the use of legal and illegal drugs in society, with emphasis on topics such as the “war on drugs,” the pharmaceutical industry, and drugs as technologies of medicalization, as well as incentives to social change.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5361. Aging and Dementia: Racial and Ethnic Minorities.

This course provides an analysis of how race and ethnicity affect aging and dementia, with particular emphasis on the United States. The course examines health and quality of life of racial and ethnic minorities in later life, social factors that influence these differences, and means of intervention.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5362. Rural Aging and Dementia.

This graduate course examines aging and dementia issues in rural America. Demographic trends, cultural and economic changes, and intervention strategies will be examined.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5363. Seminar in Medical Sociology.

A seminar on selected topics of human health and health care organizations. Topics to be stressed include: social causes and consequences of morbidity and mortality, professionalization and socialization of health care practitioners, organization of health institutions, and demographic changes in health problems and needs.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5365. Seminar in Political Sociology.

This course applies sociological theory and research to explore the exercise of power in its social context. Particular topics may include but are not limited to civil society, power outside of government, the relationship of the state to other social institutions, and the nature of elites.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5367. Seminar in Sustainable Cities.

This course analyzes the complex relationship between urbanization and environmental change from a sociological perspective. Overarching themes include sustainabiilty and environmental justice.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5368. Seminar in Environmental Sociology.

This course situates societies within their ecological context and vice versa. Focusing upon social and environmental interactions, including the interactions of social organization, inequality, and policy, provides a comprehensive understanding of the physical and social milieu.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5370. Seminar in Multi-Cultural Relations.

Examines the dynamics of dominant subordinate social groups. Focuses on racial, ethnic, and class differences. (MULT).
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5371. Directed Study.

Course of independent study open to individual students only at the invitation of the faculty member with the approval of the department chair and the graduate advisor. Repeatable for credit.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5380. Sociological Essay.

Directed study of a specific sociological topic requiring the student to apply skills and knowledge gained in course work. For those students electing to complete a thesis the essay will constitute a thesis research proposal.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5383. Seminar on Aging.

This course provides graduate students with an opportunity to examine national and global issues involved with the aging process and population aging from a social scientific and multicultural perspective.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5388B. Social Inequality: Race, Class, and Gender in the United States.

This course will investigate the topic of social inequality. The intersections of class, race and gender as they produce inequality will be explored, along with theoretical perspectives and empirical evidence informing the study of social inequality.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5388D. How Society Works.

This course examines how societies are created and maintained. Emphasis is on the functional prerequisites and the common social patterns that emerge in response to meeting the functional prerequisites.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5388F. Seminar in Poverty.

This course is a graduate seminar on the sociological study of US poverty and social mobility. We will examine poverty measurement and trends, poverty-related social policies, theories for explaining poverty and mobility, and the intersection of poverty and social mobility with issues of gender, race, family structure, and place.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5388G. Seminar in Food and Society.

This graduate course focuses on the sociological study of food. It examines the current food system and its interactions with macro-level social institutions, as well as individual identity and well-being.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
Course Attribute(s): Topics
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SOCI 5388H. Advanced Statistical Analysis II.

The focus of this course is advanced data analysis. This course will cover topics such as regression, limited dependent variables analysis, and time series analysis. A secondary aim is to demonstrate data analyses using popular software packages. Prerequisite: SOCI 5307 with a grade of "B" or higher.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5388I. Clinical Sociology: Counseling the Elderly.

This course takes a clinical sociology perspective in studying the issues of the aged and persons with dementia. The approach is humanistic and multidisciplinary, seeking to improve the quality of older persons' lives by assessing situations and reducing problems using analysis and intervention.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5390. Seminar in Globalization and Development.

This seminar explores issues related to socioeconomic development and change, particularly in the “Global south.” The course will focus on factors affecting development and underdevelopment around the world.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5395. Global Insecurity.

This graduate seminar covers global, socially constructed risks perceived as threats to sustainable development. Topics include theories of globalization and insecurity; an assessment of threats to democracy and human rights, the environment, food security, public health and safety; as well as local, national and international responses to these threats.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5398A. Applied Research Practicum.

Directed impact analysis project in a government agency, business, or non-profit organization requiring the student to apply skills and demonstrate knowledge gained in course work. The project topic will be determined jointly by the faculty supervisor, the student, and the research site. Departmental approval required. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 10 Lab Contact Hours.
Grade Mode: Credit/No Credit

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SOCI 5398B. Applied Research Practicum.

Directed impact analysis project in a government agency, business, or non-profit organization requiring the student to apply skills and demonstrate knowledge gained in course work. The project topic will be determined jointly by the faculty supervisor, the student, and the research site. Departmental approval required. Graded on a credit (CR), no-credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 0 Lecture Contact Hours. 10 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5399A. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s initial thesis enrollment. No thesis credit is awarded until the student has completed the thesis in Sociology 5399B. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5399B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollment. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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3 Credit Hours. 3 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5599B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollment. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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5 Credit Hours. 5 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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SOCI 5999B. Thesis.

This course represents a student’s continuing thesis enrollment. The student continues to enroll in this course until the thesis is submitted for binding. Graded on a credit (CR), progress (PR), no-credit (F) basis.
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9 Credit Hours. 9 Lecture Contact Hours. 0 Lab Contact Hours.
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