Doctor of Philosophy
- Credit Hours: Students must complete 47-56 credit hours in the doctoral program. In addition to the requirements shown below, students who enter the PhD program with a BA or non-thesis MA must complete 6 thesis hours. Further, all students on funded graduate teaching assistantships must complete SOCA 710, Teaching Sociology.
- Grade Point Average: Students must earn a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.75, and a GPA of 3.00 in all courses applied to the graduate program.
- Graduation Requirements: In addition to completing required coursework, students must pass written and oral comprehensive examinations and successfully defend a dissertation. Students can choose from two dissertation models. They can follow the traditional model, which takes the form and substance of a scholarly monograph, or the manuscript model, which consists of three interrelated papers on a single topic.
- Comprehensive Examination: The Comprehensive Exam has two parts, the written and an oral. The Written Examination is intended to assess students’ broad competencies in a specialized area of sociology with specific focus on understanding sociological theory and methods as they relate to the student’s chosen specialization. The exams also test students’ writing skills and their ability to think creatively and carry out independent research. In most cases, the student will be asked to give a brief summary of their written comprehensive exam work for the Oral Exam, but the primarily emphasis is on a question and answer session.
- Dissertation: The dissertation requirement ensures that students have the ability to carry out a major independent research project. Students can choose from two dissertation models. They can follow the traditional model, which takes the form and substance of a scholarly monograph, or the manuscript model, which consists of three interrelated papers on a single topic. The quality and contribution of each paper should reach the level of articles published in peer-reviewed scholarly journals. The manuscript model must also include an introductory chapter that clarifies the dissertation theme and situates the work as a whole in the sociological literature, as well as a concluding chapter that synthesizes and integrates the three papers.
- Benchmarks: Comprehensive exams should take place in the last semester of coursework or the first semester following the completion of coursework. Students might complete comprehensive exams and a dissertation proposal defense in the same semester, provided they complete the comprehensive exam process by mid-semester (see the Sociology Graduate Handbook for details).
|Required Core Coursework|
|SOC 600||Becoming a Sociologist||1|
|SOC 601||Professional Research/Writing||1|
|SOC 610||Advanced General Sociology||3|
|SOC 615||Sociological Data Analysis and Interpretation 1||3|
|SOC 616||Sociological Data Analysis and Interpretation 2||3|
|SOC 620||Sociological Research Methods||3|
|SOC 730||Sociological Explanation||3|
|Doctoral Required Coursework|
|SOC 721||Qualitative Methods||3|
|Area of Specialization Course||3|
Select One of the Following:
|Theories of Crime and Deviance|
|Space, Place, and Community|
|Individual and Society|
Includes SOC courses at the 600 or 700 level. Excludes the following: 695, 697, 698, 795, 797, 798.
Major Learning Outcomes
Students graduating with a Ph.D. in Sociology will be able to:
- Effectively communicate, orally and in writing, the current state of knowledge, research, and needs in the field of sociology
- Conduct independent and original research of publishable quality
- Develop a research program to evaluate social issues using sociological theories and methodological skills
- Critically analyze the canonical literature in one of the three specialty areas (crime, community, or culture)
- Explain professional practice and ethics as they relate to sociology