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Graduate Programs

The Department of Sociology offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program and the Master of Arts (M.A.) degree program, providing students with both a broad exposure to the discipline of sociology as well as in-depth study in specialized areas of expertise.  Qualified students are accepted into the Ph.D. program after their completion of either a baccalaureate degree (the Joint M.A./Ph.D. program) or a master's degree (the PhD-Only Program). Students elect among three concentration areas: (1) Family, Health, and Life Course, (2) Gender and Sexuality, and (3) Race and Urban Studies. 

The goals of the Department are to provide: a general intellectual foundation that supports the student's analytic understanding of social life, a sound methodological background that prepares the student for social research and policy evaluation, and a rich and specialized body of knowledge that equips the student for the practice of sociology in both the public and private sectors. Therefore, applicants to the graduate program should be familiar with standard sociological research methods and theoretical traditions. (Applicants unfamiliar with sociological theory and research techniques are encouraged to take undergraduate courses in these areas prior to applying to the graduate program).

Dr. Erin Ruel, Director of Graduate Studies