Ph.D. Program

Our program emphasizes methodological skills and academic scholarship creating a strong basis for a professional career as a sociologist in university and applied settings. Along with courses in theory, research methods, and statistical analysis, our program offers advanced coursework in the specialized area of applied sociology and substantive areas of crime and deviance, domestic violence, social inequalities (i.e. race, class, gender, age) and health, families and communities.


The Sociology PhD requires a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the master’s degree, with 15 credit hours coming from required core courses, three credit hours from a restricted elective in research methods and data analysis, and three credit hours from a restricted elective in theory. Students select a minimum of 12 elective credit hours in one of the department’s four areas of concentration, Sociology of Crime/Deviant Behavior, Domestic Violence, Social Inequalities, or Health, Families and Communities.

Before students can enter into candidacy the following are required:

1. Completion of all course work, except dissertation hours.

2. Successful completion of Qualifying examination comprised of three areas;                               Theory, Methods/Statistics, and Major Area of Concentration.

3. Successful completion of Candidacy examination.

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