Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Department of Sociology

Graduate Study
Sociology - Doctor of Philosophy

The doctoral degree program in sociology is designed to give the student a general background in sociological theory and methodology, as well as training in a major substantive area of the discipline.

While there is no language requirement, where acquaintance with a foreign language is necessary for advancing the special interest of the student, the student, in consultation with the guidance committee, may decide upon the study of a foreign language appropriate to their research and career development.

In addition to meeting the requirements of the university and of the College of Social Science, students must meet the requirements specified below.

Requirements for the Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Sociology

In addition to completing the requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Sociology noted above, the student must meet the requirements specified below:

               
1. Complete both of the following courses (6 credits):  
  SOC 816 Contemporary Sociological Theory 3
  SOC 995 Professional Training Seminar 3
2. Complete one of the following, either a. or b. (3 credits):  
  a. SOC 882 Analysis of Social Data II 3
  b. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
    SOC 954 Techniques of Population Analysis 3
    SOC 985 Qualitative Field Research 3
    SOC 986 Survey Research Principles 3
    SOC 989 Topics in Sociological Methodology 3
    Students must select one of the courses that was not used to fulfill the requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Sociology.  
3. Two additional courses selected from the department's major research theme areas of concentration that were not used to satisfy the requirements for the Master of Arts Degree in Sociology. The courses must be approved by the student's guidance committee.  
4. Complete 24 credits of Sociology 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.  
5. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination.  
6. Successful defense of the dissertation.