The Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida offers a vibrant learning community with 25 nationally recognized full-time faculty members and 64 graduate students pursuing M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.

We encourage our students to interact with our faculty, staff, and community partner network to elevate their learning and to develop new theories, methods, and skillsets for both academic and non-academic careers. We support full time and part-time graduate school options in our department. To help our students succeed, our department promotes collaboration, dialogue, professional development, mentoring networks, diverse and inclusive workspaces, community connections, and cutting-edge research and education opportunities for students to work with faculty, staff, and community stakeholders.

UCF Sociology graduate programs offer high-quality learning experiences, an award-winning faculty with strong national connections and grants from major federal institutes and regional agencies. Our programs also provide opportunities for students to engage with faculty on collaborative research projects, journal articles, and presentations at academic and non-academic conferences/meetings/workshops. Our current graduate students also are of great importance to our new students. The graduate student community supports the Sociology Graduate Student Organization and there are formal and informal opportunities for our students to connect and support each other in intellectual and professional development spaces. The student-to-student support in our department is a hallmark of our learning community.

UCF Sociology is an active department, housing a diverse faculty who conduct leading research in four thematic areas, including Crime and Deviance, Domestic Violence, Health, Families and Communities, and Social Inequalities. The department also includes strong interdisciplinary research and education opportunities for students, including connections with the UCF College of Sciences Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Cluster, the UCF Institute for Social and Behavioral Sciences, the UCF Puerto Rico Research Hub, the UCF Violence Against Women Cluster, the UCF Coastal Cluster, Citizen Science GIS, and GeoBus.

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Program Forms

Registration

Students wishing to enroll in an Independent Study, Directed Research, Thesis or Dissertation hours, Internship, etc. should complete a Restricted Registration Agreement Form. This form should be completed by both the student and advising faculty and returned to the Sociology Graduate Admissions Coordinator. Please note there are deadlines for submitting this request and students should check with the department for that terms dates.

Travel

The Department of Sociology encourages students to present their original research at related regional or national conferences. Students who have had a paper or poster presentation accepted can apply for department travel funds. Students must have attended the department’s mandatory travel workshop prior to applying for funding.

Graduate Program Contact

Students thinking about our graduate programs are encouraged to reach out to Dr. Timothy L. Hawthorne, UCF Sociology Graduate Director and Associate Professor of GIS.

Message from the Director: We’d love to learn more about your interests, how they might align with our department’s strengths, and how we could work together to create a learning path to support your career goals, your education, and your professional development. We are a diverse, inclusive, and vibrant learning community with students, faculty, and staff from all across the globe. We’re located in one of the fastest-growing metropolitan regions in the country (the Orlando MSA) and just 45 minutes from the Atlantic Coast and less than 2 hours from the Gulf Coast.

Please do reach out so we can get to know each other and discuss how UCF Sociology graduate programs can support your next steps. Thank you for visiting our website site and social media channels, and for considering an application to our program. Whether you choose to apply to our program or another program, we hope you find a supportive environment to support your efforts and to elevate your skillsets for the next step in your career.

About the Graduate Director: I am a tenured, associate professor of GIS in the Department of Sociology. I am a public scholar broadly trained in human geography with expertise in community geography and Geographic Information Systems, social and environmental inequalities, critical GIS, Participatory GIS (PGIS), mixed methods, STEAM education, Belize, and citizen science. I hold two associate editorships in the Journal of Geography and International Journal of Applied Geospatial Research and has several active federal grants to support students and community partners. I approach my scholarship and work with students and community partners in an intentionally positive, always aspirational manner and aim to remain student-centered in programmatic decision-making. I value being our graduate director and work to support an expansion of our supportive graduate learning community and to support the success of our students. Our program’s success is a direct result of the efforts of our innovative students, faculty, and staff.  We hope you will join us and show the world how we are all Uniquely UCF Sociology.

Office Hours:

Wednesdays 9:00 AM -11:00 AM EST, and by appointment