Special Programs

Combined M.A. Women's Studies/PhD Sociology Program

The combined M.A Women’s Studies /PhD Sociology program is the outcome of longstanding cooperation and overlapping strengths between the Departments of Sociology and Women’s Studies.  It allows Sociology PhD students with interests in Gender Studies and Women’s Studies students with sociological interests to combine their work in these two programs.  This is facilitated by the number of joint and affiliated faculty shared between the two departments, as well as by graduate-level cross-listed coursework.  It is also facilitated by the willingness of both departments to allow requirements for one program to be included as a portion of the coursework for the other program. 

Students in the Joint program will fulfill requirements for both degrees.  The Women’s Studies M.A. requires a total of 32 credits, including several core courses, a Master’s project, and elective courses forming a cohesive cluster.  The Sociology PhD program requires a total of 60 credits (plus the dissertation), including several core courses, a Teaching Tool, a Research Tool, and two comprehensive area exams.  Cooperative agreements between the Departments allow the Sociology comprehensive exam in Gender to meet the Women’s Studies Master’s project requirement.  The Women’s Studies core courses are allowed to count as credit toward the Sociology PhD, and the Women’s Studies Research Seminar (a core course) may count as the Research Tool for the PhD.  Electives, including courses that are cross-listed, listed in either department, or in other departments, may count toward both degrees as approved by the Graduate Directors. 

Applicants will be reviewed by the Graduate Directors and Committees of both departments.  In order to be considered for financial assistance, applications must be received by January 15.  Applications for the joint program can also be considered after entry into either program.

Certificate Program in Demography

The Certificate Program in Demography is a graduate-level program designed both for students already enrolled in graduate programs in social science and public policy areas and for members of the community, such as state employees. It will prepare students with theoretical, substantive, and methodological knowledge of how population processes operate in societies and how they interrelate with other social processes. The program is administered by the Graduate Committee in sociology.

The program consists of 18 credits of course work as follows:

  1. Required Courses - 6 crs
    • Soc 551 Introduction to Demography
    • Soc 552 Demographic Techniques
  2. Demography Topics/Internship - 6 crs,
    • Soc 665 Special Topics in Demography (6 crs), or
    • Soc 665 Special Topics in Demography (3 crs), and
    • Soc 607 Demography Internships (3 crs)
  3. Demography Related Courses - 6 crs (Suggested courses include:)
    • Soc 550 The American Community
    • Soc 560 Families
    • Soc 575 Ethnicity and Race
    • Soc 627 Urbanization
    • Soc 640 Gender Inequality
    • Soc 673 Human Ecology
    • Soc 662 Sociology of Aging
    • Ant 511 Human Population Biology
    • Ant 512 Human Population Genetics
    • Gog 556 Snowbelt/Sunbelt: Regional Change in the United States
    • Pln 502 Urban and Regional Structure
    • Pln 561 Comparative Urbanization and Spatial Development

Additionally, students must have taken one graduate-level statistics course in a related field.

Students who complete the program requirements for the Demography Certificate while pursuing the M.A. or Ph.D. degree in sociology may apply for the award of the certificate without formally applying for admission to the program.

Other Programs of Interest

Students admitted to the M.A. or Ph.D. in sociology may choose to complete the requirements of one of the programs described below while completing the sociology program. However, since these programs are housed in departments other than sociology, a student must seek formal admission to the program before applying for the certificate.

The Certificate Program in Planning and Policy Analysis is an interdisciplinary program designed to assist persons to work in various agencies and organizations at the national, state, and local levels by improving their skills to conduct planning, analysis, and evaluation of programs, projects, and the functioning of organizations.

The Certificate Program in Women and Public Policy is designed for graduate students and community members who wish to gain knowledge and skills to influence public policy affecting women. Courses include substantive, theoretical, and methodological approaches to the analysis and formation to public policy.

The Certificate Program in Urban Policy is 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 and local officials, who wish to improve their knowledge of urban policy.

Some sociology students also complete the requirements for an MA in Women's Studies since the comprehensive examination in gender fulfills the MA project (WSS 690) requirement. Students interested in pursuing this option should consult the Women's Studies department.