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Here are what our current graduate sudents are saying about the Sociology Masters Program:

Nick Andre

The BYU Sociology program interests me for many reasons. I talked with friends and other BYU alumni before making this decision. I graduated from BYU-Idaho with a degree in sociology, but before I went in to graduate studies, I wanted to make sure I was fully invested. I enjoy learning about human behavior and understanding why people do what they do. Before entering graduate school, three of my concerns were succeeding in the program, networking, and finding a job after the program. The sociology program at BYU fulfills potential interests I have which include teaching, research, and other potential job opportunities. I enjoy the culture of learning principles in religious context and interacting with others for learning. My long-term goals include teaching in academia or doing research for an organization such as The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


Jorden Jackson

I decided to get a masters in sociology because I wanted to make the world a better place for women. I hope that my research informs organizations and policy makers on the most effective ways to improve women's lives. My thesis examines the effects of distance from women's health services, i.e. OBGYN, labor and delivery services, on women's health, healthcare accessibility, and healthcare satisfaction. I am using survey data from the Rural Utah Community Study (RUCS). In the RUCS, rural Utah residents self-reported information on their healthcare utilization patterns, healthcare access issues, physical and mental health status, and satisfaction with local healthcare services. I gathered supplementary data by phone interviews, providing information on the distance women travel from their community for different women`s health services, including tests and exams, labor and delivery services, and gynecology. The specific research objectives of my thesis are to understand how distance to women's healthcare services effects rural women's: (1) self-reported health; (2) healthcare accessibility; and (3) healthcare satisfaction. 


Mandy Pershing

I attended the University of Alaska Southeast in Juneau, and in 2013, I received a BA in Social Science. During that time, I conducted research in China on the experience of minority cultures under Communist regime as well as research in Alaska on the environmental rights of Alaska Natives. My thesis is centered around religiously affiliated women who study STEM. I am interested in human rights, gender and sexuality, and natural resource allocation, and I plan on pursuing a PhD after graduating from BYU. 


Tacey Shurtliff

I decided to pursue a Master’s degree in Sociology at BYU because of the experiences it offers. The faculty is very invested in helping you achieve all that you want to in a graduate experience. The hands on experience in research is another aspect that really interested me in this program. I am working with Dr. John Hoffmann, Dr. Melissa Jones and many others and I am interested in race, multiracialism, crime, and family. The faculty here helps support that interest by research, publishing papers, and conference possibilities. My goals after completion of the program here is to go on to earn a PhD in sociology and continue my education in race and crime and help the world better understand a marginalized group of people.


Elizabeth Sigler

I decided to pursue the sociology program at BYU because of the inspiring faculty and the research experience they offer. As an undergraduate student, I had incredible professors that included me in their research and helped me see my potential. I never thought I was graduate student material. I would not be where I am today without the faculty here. I am currently working on a project researching family structure and the different impacts it has on children and parents. In the near future, I also hope to dive into fatherhood research. I am confident this program will help prepare me with the skills I need to be successful in the applied world. I never thought I would be here and I am grateful that I am.


Hannah Spencer

The Sociology graduate program at BYU has given me opportunities to work more closely with professors. I am currently doing research with Dr. Ryan Gabriel that explores the neighborhood outcomes of mixed-race couples -- things like the poverty level and diversity level of the neighborhoods they live in, and how those outcomes compare with those of monoracial couples. Because of the research I've been a part of, I have been able to participate in academic conferences and work on articles that will be submitted to academic journals for publication. In general, the Sociology Master's program has been a great opportunity for me to expand my knowledge of sociological theory and methods and to gain incredibly beneficial statistical analysis and research skills.


Jake Wixom

I chose to pursue a master's degree at BYU because of the amazing hands-on experience available here. I am interested in political sociology, social change, and how organizations operate in their institutional environments. I particularly enjoy qualitative research methods for their ability to provide rich context, insight, and empathy. After graduation I plan to pursue a PhD in sociology with the goal of furthering scientific knowledge in this area of study and hopefully making the world a better place.