Sociology - 5-Year Bachelor of Science/Master of Public Service Administration

The Department of Sociology and the Bush School of Government & Public Service offer a 5-year (3+2) degree program that allows Sociology majors to enter the Bush School at the start of their senior year (typically year four) at Texas A&M University. This enables students to receive their Sociology undergraduate degree (BA/BS) and a Master of Public Service and Administration (MPSA) graduate degree in five years. 

To be considered for the 5-year degree program, Sociology students must have a minimum 3.25 GPA and have completed 102 of the 120 hours of course work required to receive a bachelor’s degree. These courses must include all of the specific prerequisites for either a BA/BS degree in Sociology, as well as the courses required by the College of Liberal Arts and by Texas A&M University for an undergraduate degree. Interested students are encouraged to contact an academic advisor for more information.

Plan of Study Grid
First Year
FallSemester Credit Hours
ENGL 104 Composition and Rhetoric 1 3
SOCI 205 Introduction to Sociology 1 3
Creative arts 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Mathematics 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Spring
Select one of the following: 3
Public Speaking  
Communication for Technical Professions  
Argumentation and Debate  
Writing about Literature  
Technical and Business Writing  
American history 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Mathematics 3
Sociology elective 1,2 3
 Semester Credit Hours15
Second Year
Fall
SOCI 220 Methods of Social Research 1 3
American history 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3 3
Sociology elective 1,2 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
SOCI 230 Classical Sociological Theory 1 3
Government/Political science 3
Language, philosophy and culture 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Literature directed elective 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Third Year
Fall
SOCI 420 Advanced Methods of Social Research 1 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Social and behavioral sciences 3 3
General elective 4 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Spring
SOCI 430 Contemporary Sociological Theory 1 3
Government/Political science 3
Language, philosophy and culture or creative arts 3
Life and physical sciences 3
Sociology elective 1,2 3
General elective 4 3
 Semester Credit Hours18
Fourth Year
Fall
BUSH 631 Quantitative Methods in Public Management I 5 3
PSAA 601 Foundations of Public Service 5 3
PSAA 621 Economic Analysis 5 3
PSAA 643 Foundations of the Nonprofit Sector 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring
PSAA 611 Public Policy Formation 5 3
Select one of the following: 5,6 3
Quantitative Methods in Public Management II  
Quantitative Methods in Public Management II: Policy Analysis Emphasis  
Program Evaluation in Public and Nonprofit Organizations  
BUSH elective 5 3
BUSH elective 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Fifth Year
Fall
PSAA 675 Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar 3
BUSH elective 6 3
BUSH elective 6 3
BUSH elective 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
Spring
PSAA 676 Public Service and Administration Capstone Seminar II 3
BUSH elective 6 3
BUSH elective 6 3
BUSH elective 6 3
 Semester Credit Hours12
 Total Semester Credit Hours150

Graduation requirements include 3 hours of International and Cultural Diversity courses and 3 hours of Cultural Discourse courses. A course satisfying a Core category, a college/department requirement, or a free elective can be used to satisfy this requirement. The required 6 hours may be met by courses satisfying other areas of a degree program. See your academic advisor for further information.

No more than 33 credit hours in SOCI may be applied to the major.

Other courses may qualify. Consult the approved list of courses available in the Undergraduate Student Services Office in the College of Liberal Arts or from departmental advisors. No more than one course may be counted in more than one category.

Please note that university requirements specify that all students must take at least two courses in their major that are designated as fulfilling a writing intensive requirement (W). See the section on general requirements for baccalaureate degree for more information.

The program includes a total of 168 hours which up to 18 hours may be applied toward both the Bachelor of Science in Sociology  and the Master of Public Service Administration.

See the MPSA program in the Graduate and Professional Catalog for the MPSA requirements.

Minor Field of Study

Sociology majors are not required to select a minor field of study. If chosen, the minor must consist of 15-18 hours, with no more than 9 hours taken at a 100- or 200-level. No more than six hours from the minor may be used to fulfill other requirements. A grade of C or higher is required if a course is to be counted in the minor field.

Teacher Certification

Non-Sociology Majors To Teach Sociology

Students desiring certification to teach sociology in Texas secondary schools must complete a social studies composite with a sociology emphasis and required education courses:

Sociology33
Political Science9
Economics6
Geography10
History18
Total Semester Credit Hours76

Sociology Majors To Teach Sociology

Sociology majors desiring certification must include the following among their sociology courses and required education courses:

Select one of the following:3
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Sociology of African Americans
Sociology of Latinos
Select one of the following:3
Sociology of Gender
Women and Work in Society
Social Psychology
Total Semester Credit Hours6

Education Courses

More complete information on requests for teacher certification may be found in the College of Education and Human Development section under secondary certification.

EDTC 345Microcomputer Awareness for Educators3
INST 210Understanding Special Populations3
COMM 203Public Speaking3
TEFB 322Teaching and Schooling in Modern Society3
TEFB 323Teaching Skills I3
TEFB 324Teaching Skills II3
TEFB 401Language Arts in the Middle and Senior School3
TEFB 404Social Studies in the Middle and Senior High School3
TEFB 406Science in the Middle and Secondary School3
TEFB 407Mathematics in the Middle and Senior School3
TEFB 426Supervised Clinical Teaching6
Total Semester Credit Hours36

Students should consult an undergraduate Sociology advisor as early as possible to review the requirements of the social studies composite.