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4+1 Dual Degree Pathway

Requirements

The MPA program requires 36 credits: 27 core and 9 elective. The Sociology major requires 33 credits: 18 core and 15 elective. UWO’s graduate school policy allows up to 15 graduate credits to count towards both an undergraduate and graduate program.

How? Sociology students admitted into the 4+1 program would proceed as outlined below to complete their Bachelor’s degree and enter the MPA program having earned 15 credits (by completing 5 courses) towards an MPA degree as an undergraduate. They would then take one post-undergraduate summer class and have 18 credits remaining (6 courses) to complete as a graduate student over the course of one academic year.

Eligibility

Undergraduate Sociology students (majors or minors) interested in and eligible for the 4+1 program will declare the Public Administration emphasis. Like our three existing emphases, the Public Administration emphasis is an optional way for our majors and minors to package electives into a thematic/career-oriented area, while not adding any credits to degree. It is described below.

Public Administration Emphasis. For Sociology students aspiring to leadership roles in the public or non-profit sectors, this emphasis is the pathway to an accelerated Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Master’s degree in Public Administration in as little as five years. It is designed for students interested in careers in general public administration, nonprofit management and leadership, health agency administration, or fire and emergency administration and management. Interested students apply to the Graduate Studies office to be admitted as special MPA students and also complete a short application with SPA to join the 4+1 program. You will need to meet the same GPA requirements as other students applying to graduate school at UWO, given that participation will entail taking graduate-level courses.

To be admitted into the dual degree pathway, all students must have completed at least 80 total undergraduate hours and hold at least a cumulative 2.75 UWO GPA at the time of application. Sociology majors will need to have at least 24 sociology credits completed or in progress and at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA in their sociology courses. Non-sociology majors will need to be a declared sociology minor and have completed at least 6 sociology credits – including the required intro-level course and one upper-level elective – and earned at least a cumulative 3.0 GPA in their sociology courses at the time of application. [1]

Students meeting the admission requirements (above) will generally apply for the program in the spring semester of their third year at UWO. A preliminary plan of study will be approved by the Sociology coordinator and MPA coordinator and then the student can begin enrolling in the program curriculum as outlined below. Note that per UWO policy, students taking both graduate and undergraduate courses at the same time are allowed to enroll in a maximum total of 12 hours of coursework per semester, unless an exception is approved by the program directors.

[1] Because it is more in-depth, minors will be advised to take SOC 203 – Foundations of Sociology instead of the standard required course for the minor (SOC 101 – Introductory Sociology), and a curriculum modification will be completed in this regard.

Undergraduate Student Plan of Study for 4+1

Freshman Year

  • 30 credits of general education classes

 

Fall Sophomore Year

  • SOC 203 – Foundations of Sociology (Core Sociology course)
  • 8 credits of general education classes
  • 4 open credits from courses of student’s choosing

Spring Sophomore Year

  • SOC 275 – Applied Sociology (Core Sociology course)
  • SOC 281 – Social Statistics (Core Sociology course)
  • 9 open credits (address any general education deficiencies, broaden horizons, pursue additional credentials)

Fall Junior Year

  • 9 credits of Sociology electives (towards the Certificate and/or PA Emphasis)
  • 9 open credits (address any USP deficiencies, broaden horizons, pursue additional credentials)

Total of 18 credits to ensure that student gets to the required 120 undergraduate credits – OR – complete one or more courses during J-Term/May-Term/Summer (though this would add cost to degree)

Spring Junior Year

  • SOC 359 – Sociology of Race & Ethnicity (required for Certificate)
  • SOC 467 – Internship
  • 12 open credits (address any USP deficiencies, broaden horizons, pursue additional credentials)

Total of 18 credits to ensure that student gets to the required 120 undergraduate credits – OR – complete one or more courses during J-Term/May-Term/Summer (though this would add cost to degree)

Fall Senior Year

  • SOC 301 – Sociological Theory: Classical and Contemporary Perspectives (Core Sociology course)
  • SOC 381 – Social Research (Core Sociology course)
  • MPA 711– Introduction to Public Administration (Core MPA course/Sociology elective)
  • MPA 715 – Leadership and Ethics (Core MPA course/Sociology elective)

Spring Senior Year

  • SOC 481 – Sociology Senior Seminar (Core Sociology course/capstone)
  • MPA 721 – Public Policy Analysis (Core MPA course/Sociology elective)
  • MPA 723 – Organization Theory and Practice (Core MPA course/Sociology elective)
  • SOC/MPA elective (graduate section of dual-level course or MPA elective) [2]

[2] As we go forward, we intend to convert some undergraduate sociology electives into dual-level courses that MPA students may also choose to take.

Graduate Student Plan of Study for 4+1

Summer Prior to Year 1

  • MPA Elective (Elective MPA credit)

 

Fall Year 1

  • MPA 734 – Applied Economics for Public Administration (Core MPA course)
  • MPA 752 – Public Budgeting and Financial Management (Core MPA course)
  • MPA Elective (Elective MPA credit)

Spring Year 1

  • MPA 732 – Analytic Methods in Public Administration (Core MPA course)
  • MPA 742 – Human Resource Management in the Public Sector (Core MPA course)
  • MPA 780 – Capstone (Core MPA course)

Program Completion | Electives

To complete the emphasis, undergraduate Sociology majors or minors will successfully complete two (2) of the below electives.

  • SOC/AAS 311 – Sociology of the Modern City
  • SOC/ES 313 – Rural Sociology
  • SOC/ES 315 – Population Problems
  • SOC/SJ 317 – Sociology of Health & Illness
  • SOC/SJ 359 – Sociology of Race & Ethnicity
  • SOC 361 – Social Networks & Organizations
  • SOC 388 – Social Data Science
  • SOC/WGS 367 – Sex & Sexualities  
  • SOC/WGS/SJ 368 – Sociology of Gender

Note: Students electing the PA Emphasis and Social & Equity Certificate will not be able to double-count courses from these two programs, which have some curricular overlap. You should choose two electives from the above list for the emphasis and for the certificate take the required class – SOC/SJ 359 – and two other classes for the certificate that are distinct from those you take for the emphasis.

The student will also take two (2) of the following MPA courses(Sociology students can enroll after being approved as “special students”):

  • MPA 711 – Introduction to Public Administration
  • MPA 715 – Leadership and Ethics
  • MPA 721 – Public Policy Analysis
  • MPA 723 – Organization Theory and Practice
  • MPA 752 – Public Budgeting and Financial Management
  • MPA 797 – Seminar in Current Topics

Note: One MPA elective is included above. While 4+1 students will be advised to take core MPA classes as part of the emphasis to achieve the maximum acceleration towards the dual degree, this (and other electives we plan to add in the future) will increase the flexibility for students who decide not to pursue the 4+1 but nonetheless choose to complete the emphasis. Such students will be advised as to the ramifications in this regard (e.g., a maximum of 9 graduate credits may apply to their undergraduate degree) and encouraged to continue working towards their MPA in the future.

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Finally, the student will complete an internship with a public or nonprofit organization and the SOC 467 – Internship course, generally for three credits. [3]

[3] If students elect to take more than 12 credits of electives for the emphasis, they may choose to do an internship for 1 or 2 credits, as long as they complete a total of 15 credits for the emphasis. They may also choose to do the internship for between 4-8 credits (or multiple internships for up to a total of 8 credits) if they wish to get credit for more work and/or choose to allocate more of their 120 total credits to internship experiences, but in such a case only 3 of those internship credits could apply to the 15 needed for the emphasis.

Background

Sociology and Public Administration recently merged to create the new Department of Sociology & Public Administration (SPA). We did this proactively because PA had decided that it preferred to be part of a department with a strong undergraduate program so it could focus on managing its large and successful Master of Public Administration (MPA) program; because we recognized the complementarity of our fields and their emphases on identifying root causes of and potential solutions to social issues and the overlap in training and outward facing work amongst faculty in both programs; to increase efficiency by combining administrative functions; and to pursue joint initiatives that build upon our strengths for the benefit of our students, the campus overall, and communities in the region.

Creating a 4+1 program is our first major joint initiative as a merged department. A 4+1 refers to a dual degree program that allows undergraduate students to start graduate-level work while pursuing their undergraduate degree (the “4” component), allowing them to complete a Master’s degree in an accelerated fashion (the “+1”). In this case, high-achieving Sociology students (majors and minors) at UWO can begin taking MPA classes while completing their undergraduate education and then have the possibility of finishing the MPA program in as little as one additional year. This is the only such program in Wisconsin and one of the only in the entire Midwest.

Questions?

Dr. Paul Van Auken, Chair, UWO Department of Sociology & Public Administration; vanaukep@uwosh.edu

Dr. Michael Ford, UWO MPA Program Director; fordm@uwosh.edu

 

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN OSHKOSH
Department of Sociology & Public Administration

(920) 424-2030
sociology@uwosh.edu
Sage Hall, Room 3003 or 3464

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