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The Department of Sociology engages students in research, utilizing qualitative and quantitative methodologies in order to analyze issues and problems affecting societies. In our PhD program, the core of graduate training is in classical and contemporary theory and research methods, including historical and feminist methodologies, interviews, and field work.

Specializations- Students may focus their studies on any two of the following graduate program areas:

Culture and Identity
Health, Aging, and Environment
Political Economy, Power, and Movements
Social Inequalities

Within these program areas, students conduct research on such topics as gender, health care policy, popular culture, hunger, race, criminology, sexualities, elites, and protest movements in the global economy.

Degrees Offered

Sociology, Doctor of Philosophy

On Campus

Admission Criteria

Fall deadline: January 25

  • Minimum GRE score: case-by-case
  • 15 hours of undergraduate sociology with a grade of B or better, including one course in sociological theory and a basic statistics course

Minimum Language Requirements

Click here to view the minimum English language proficiency test scores

Required Application Materials

For the Graduate School

  • Completed Graduate School online application
  • Unofficial Transcripts- As part of the application submission process, all applicants are required to upload unofficial copies of all post-secondary transcripts to the online application. Official transcripts are only required if accepted by the academic program.
  • Official Results of English Proficiency Exams (International applicants only)

For the Sociology Program

  • 3 letters of recommendation
  • GRE score report
  • Statement of research interests
  • Copies of transcripts (it is helpful to have unofficial copies sent to the department)
  • Research paper, master’s thesis, senior thesis or term paper
  • Sociology supplemental information (built into the Graduate School online application)