Sociology (Ph.D.)

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Students in the doctoral program in sociology select an area of specialization for intensive study. The five specialty areas available in our program are:

Crime and Conflict
Sociology of the Family
Social Stratification
Health and Illness
Community and Environment

Students may also pursue specialties within or across the primary areas of specialization, or propose self-designed areas to the Graduate Committee for consideration.

Ph.D. Degree Requirements

Students must complete a minimum of three years in residence and take a minimum of sixteen courses in sociology (at least eight as seminars) other than dissertation research.

SOC 900Pro-seminar2
SOC 911Sociological Theory I4
SOC 912Sociological Theory II4
SOC 901Sociological Methods I: Intermediate Social Statistics4
SOC 902Sociological Methods II: Research Design4
SOC 903Sociological Methods III: Advanced Social Statistics4
SOC 904Sociological Methods IV: Qualitative and Historical Research Methods4
Select four courses in a major area
Select five electives

Students must pass written examinations in the major area of sociological specialization and in advanced theory and methodology, and write and defend the doctoral dissertation.