Program of Study (30 credits, minimum)*
b. Master's Thesis (Soc 699) (2-6);
Combined B.A.-M.A. Program
Qualified undergraduates may apply for admission to the M.A. program and, if accepted, simultaneously work toward completion of the requirements for both undergraduate and graduate degrees. See Combined Baccalaureate- Master's Degree Programs for details.
Program Leading to the Doctor of Philosophy Degree
The program leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree is designed to prepare qualified students for college and university teaching and for careers in sociological research. The program emphasizes sociological theory, research methodology, and the application of sociological knowledge in the identification and analysis of social problems. The program requires at least three academic years of full-time study and research or the equivalent over a longer period beyond the baccalaureate.
Requirements for Admission
The general University and departmental requirements for admission to doctoral study must be satisfied. Students are required to submit scores from the Graduate Record Examination General Test. Undergraduate deficiencies in sociology should be made up in the first year of graduate study.
Program of Study and Research
(60 credits, minimum)
The program of study for the first year includes a common sequence: Soc 509 Research Methods; Soc 510 Sociological Theories I; Soc 511 Sociological Theories II; Soc 522 Intermediate Statistics for Sociologists; and Soc 590A,B Orientation to Sociology. The student is also required to take Soc 609 Multivariate Analysis.
The department may waive any of the required courses when a student petitions for the waiver and demonstrates mastery of the subject matter area.
Additional courses are planned in consultation with the student's advisory committee. Each student's program will center around a specialization which may be individually arranged to meet the student's particular needs and objectives. Students are limited to 6 credits of independent study.
The student can satisfy this requirement by completing the Coteaching Internship (Soc 606) or by a substitute teaching experience approved by the department's graduate committee.
Research Tool Requirements
The student must demonstrate competence in use of one research tool relevant to his or her specialization. The research tool requirement may be fulfilled with a reading knowledge in one appropriate foreign language or competence in one special methodological area.
Foreign language skills are tested by appropriate examinations. Research tool options not involving foreign languages are satisfied by passing appropriate courses, as advised by the department, with a grade of B or better. Examinations or courses taken to satisfy the research tool requirement will not be counted toward semester hours credit for the degree.
Full Time Study in Residence
Each student in a doctoral program must engage in full-time study beyond
the master's degree or equivalent at the University in at least two sessions
after admission to the advanced program. This requirement is designed to
insure for each doctoral student a sustained period of intensive intellectual
growth. For this purpose a student will enroll in full-time study (12 credits)
taken in each of two sessions, or in a regular session and a summer session,
not necessarily consecutive, which must be completed satisfactorily, except
as indicated here:
Full Time Study in Residence
Each student in a doctoral program must engage in full-time study beyond the master's degree or equivalent at the University in at least two sessions after admission to the advanced program. This requirement is designed to insure for each doctoral student a sustained period of intensive intellectual growth. For this purpose a student will enroll in full-time study (12 credits) taken in each of two sessions, or in a regular session and a summer session, not necessarily consecutive, which must be completed satisfactorily, except as indicated here:
A student is admitted to candidacy for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy upon the following:
A dissertation based on independent research is required. The dissertation should constitute a significant and potentially publishable professional contribution to the field of sociology.
All students are required, in addition to completion of coursework, to perform some teaching, research, or other professional duties contributing to their academic development, whether or not they receive financial support from this university.
Communication Specialization in the Doctoral Program in Sociology
Students in the Doctor of Philosophy degree program in Sociology may elect a special field in Communication. The Department of Communication, in conjunction with the Department of Sociology, offers doctoral studies in the following fields of communication: interpersonal/intercultural; organizational/telecommunication; and political communication. Applicants for admission to Sociology with an emphasis in Communication are first evaluated by the Communication Department. They are then evaluated by the Sociology Department, with the final decision on admission resting therein.
Program of Study
The degree program in Sociology with a Communication specialization area will have the following components:
Students in the Sociology program with a specialization area in communication must take the comprehensive examination in methods (unless it is waived by virtue of a 3.5 average in Soc 509 and Soc 522). Students will also take two specialization examinations administered by the Sociology Department. One of these examinations will be in one of the three Communication concentration areas. (The three members of the examination committee for this exam can include any combination of Sociology and Communication faculty). The topic for the second examination must conform to the requirements stated earlier (See Departmental Examinations). The topics, committee compositions, and dates of the specialization examinations must be approved by the Sociology Graduate Committee.
Certificate Program in Demography
The Certificate in Demography is a graduate program designed both for students currently enrolled in graduate programs in social science or public policy areas and for members of the community, such as state employees. The program prepares students with theoretical, substantive, and methodological knowledge of how population processes (e.g., fertility, mortality, and migration) operate in societies and how they interrelate with other social processes. The program is under the guidance of the Graduate Committee in Sociology.
The Certificate in Demography is a self- standing program of 18 credit hours. However, it may also be undertaken in conjunction with M.A., M.S., or Ph.D. programs.
Program of Study
The requirements for the certificate program consists of 18 credits of course work as follows:
1. Two core courses: Soc 551 Introduction to Demography and Soc 552 Demographic
2. Two courses (topics) from Soc 665 Special Topics in Demography (which may be repeated) or one from Soc 665 plus Soc 607 Demography Internships;
3. Two additional courses from either Soc 665 or other demography related courses (see brochure for a suggested list of courses.);
4. Additionally, students must have taken one graduate-level statistics course in a related field.