Sociology (Ph.D.)

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 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
SOC 905Research Practicum4
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.