Our department has strengths in crime and conflict, sociology of the family, social stratification, health and illness, and community and the environment. Students in the doctoral program in sociology may select one of these areas of specialization for intensive study, or they may pursue a different area if two sociology faculty have appropriate expertise.
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 911||Sociological Theory I||4|
|SOC #912||Sociological Theory II||4|
|SOC 901||Sociological Methods I: Intermediate Social Statistics||4|
|SOC 902||Sociological Methods II: Research Design||4|
|SOC 903||Sociological Methods III: Advanced Social Statistics||4|
|SOC 904||Sociological Methods IV: Qualitative and Historical Research Methods||4|
|SOC 905||Research Practicum||4|
|Select three courses in a major area|
|Select five electives|
Students must pass a written examination in the major area of sociological specialization and write and defend the doctoral dissertation.
- Outcome 1: Students will learn to interpret quantitative and qualitative data in a value-neutral way.
- Outcome 2: Students will learn to run advanced quantitative analyses.
- Outcome 3: Students will learn to communicate effectively in writing from a sociological perspective.
- Outcome 4: Students will learn to produce original sociological research.
- Outcome 5: Students will learn to deliver effective oral presentations about their sociological research.