Make a difference in society with the Master of Arts in Public Sociology degree from Ashford University. Public sociology focuses on using sociological research to tackle real-world situations. With a master's degree in public sociology, you'll be able to use sociology to address contemporary public issues and social problems in organizations and communities.

In this program, you will examine social structures and systems. You will learn how to employ effective practices to address pressing public issues and social needs in public, non-profit, and community organizations. You'll also learn how to conduct social science research and apply sociological knowledge.

  • Model knowledge of foundational and advanced sociological concepts; specifically, concepts of diversity, social responsibility, human rights, and dignity and respect for others in society
  • Synthesize a variety of classical and contemporary sociological theoretical perspectives
  • Integrate a broad range of varied research methodologies and ethical approaches within the sociological context
  • Critically specify sociological issues in the local, national, and international context
  • Devise solutions using sociological tools to impact societal issues in the local, national, and international context
  • Propose strategies for management of projects, programs and resources in the field of public sociology; specifically within the role of community engagement, advocacy and activism in the local, national, and international context

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