Graduate Degree

Sociology - Doctor of Philosophy

Sociology - Doctor of Philosophy
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Doctor of Philosophy
College of Social Science

Excerpt from the official Academic Programs Catalog:

Listed below are the approved requirements for the program from the official Academic Programs Catalog.
Students must consult their advisors to learn which specific requirements apply to their degree programs.

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

Students must complete 60 credits from the following:
1. All of the following courses (15 credits):
SOC 815 Classical Sociological Theory 3
SOC 816 Contemporary Sociological Theory 3
SOC 881 Analysis of Social Data I 3
SOC 882 Analysis of Social Data II 3
SOC 885 Methods of Sociological Inquiry 3
2. Two of the following courses (6 credits):
SOC 883 Multi-Equation Quantitative Models 3
SOC 884 Applied Longitudinal Data Analysis 3
SOC 985 Qualitative Field Research 3
SOC 986 Survey Research Principles 3
SOC 989 Topics in Sociological Methodology 3
3. Complete 15 credits from 5 additional courses approved by the student’s guidance committee.
4. Complete 24 credits of Sociology 999 Doctoral Dissertation Research.
5. Successful completion of the departmental Graduate Teaching Assistant workshop.
6. Successful completion of the departmental Professional Development Workshop series.
7. Successful completion and presentation of a qualifying paper.
8. Successful completion of the comprehensive examination.
9. Successful defense of the dissertation proposal.
10. Successful defense of the dissertation.