Aug 15, 2022  
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Graduate Catalog

Sociology, Ph.D.


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Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Sociology has the following requirements:

  1. Students applying for the Doctor of Philosophy program from a baccalaureate program (Joint M.A./Ph.D. Track):
    • Applicants must submit scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the GRE.
    • Applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty personally acquainted with the applicant’s academic achievements.
    • Applicants must submit a sample of their written scholarly work (e.g., their term/research paper).
  2. Students applying for the Doctor of Philosophy program from a master’s program (Ph.D.-Only Track):
    • Applicants must submit scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination.
    • Although a master’s degree in sociology is not required, only students who have an accredited master’s degree, in a closely related field, or who have nearly completed the master’s degree, will be considered for the Ph.D. program. Applicants should have completed master’s level coursework in research methods, statistics, and sociological theory. If they have not had these courses, they must complete them as additional courses prior to enrolling in Ph.D. courses in these areas.
    • Applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty personally acquainted with the applicant’s academic achievements.
    • Applicants must submit a sample of their written scholarly work (e.g., their Master’s thesis or term/research paper).

Minimum of sixty-three semester credit hours (31 semester hours of course work and at least 32 semester hours of non-course work) beyond the Master’s degree, consisting of a Doctoral Core (1), Doctoral Specialty Core (2), Doctoral Electives (3), and Other Doctoral Requirements (4).

NOTES:

  1. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) or better. Students may not earn two or more grades of “C” or lower in graduate Sociology courses. Students who fail to meet either of these requirements will be scholastically terminated from the Sociology graduate program.
  2. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) or better and must receive a grade of B or better in each of the required courses. If a student receives a grade below a B in a required course, the student must repeat the course the very next time the course is offered to rectify the grade.
  3. Graduate assistants are required to enroll in a minimum of 12 credit hours each for the fall/spring semesters and 9 credit hours for the summer semester. These credit hours will consist of courses required for the prescribed program of study, as well as additional hours of the courses outlined in the notes below.
  4. Students must register for SOCI 8999  or SOCI 9999  while they are appointed as a GRA, GTA, and/or GLA.
  5. Students who are appointed as a GTA B must successfully complete SOCI 9000 - Teaching Sociology  and SOCI 9001 - Teaching Internship  prior to their appointment.
  6. SOCI 9001 - Teaching Internship  hours cannot be applied to the sixty-three hour program of study for the Ph.D.
  7. Students must take 3 hours of SOCI 8000  in the Fall semester of their first year in the Ph.D.-Only Program.

Degree Requirements


Doctoral Core Required Course Work (16 Hours)


NOTE: If a student needs to take SOCI 8010 - Intermediate Sociological Statistics , SOCI 8020 - Research Methodology , and/or SOCI 8030 - Sociological Theory I  (or their equivalents, as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies), these courses must be taken as non-credit prerequisites for SOCI 9010 , SOCI 9020 , and SOCI 9030 .

Select at Least Two from the Core Areas (6 Hours)


Doctoral Elective Course Work (9 Hours or 3 Courses)


  • With the approval of the departmental Director of Graduate Studies, up to 3 hours (1 course) may be taken in a related field and/or up to 3 hours of SOCI 8970 - Directed Reading  may be taken.

Other Doctoral Requirements (at least 32 Hours)


Concentration Requirements


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