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College of Arts & Sciences

Develop a thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the study of society with the doctoral program in sociology. You will also study the theory, methods and research in your specialized area(s).

You will select one of six specialized areas of study:

  • Crime, Law and Deviance
  • Culture
  • Demography
  • Organizational, Political and Economic Sociology
  • Race, Class and Gender
  • Social Psychology
Each area is supported by a diverse group of faculty members and graduate students who publish and conduct research in the area, providing doctoral students professional training and in-depth knowledge of the area.

Through the doctoral program, you will become proficient at:

  • Delivering conference presentations at professional meetings
  • Publishing articles in professional journals
  • Preparing grant proposals for research funding

You will develop these skills by conducting independent research in your selected area. You will work closely with one or more faculty members to produce co-authored and single-authored research publications.

Ph.D. in Sociology Program Requirements


Students who graduate with a doctoral degree in sociology have a wide spectrum of career fields from which to choose, including careers as professors, lecturers and researchers in the public and private spheres.

Earning a Doctoral Degree

The final basis for granting the degree will be your grasp of the subject matter in your specialized area and a demonstrated ability to do independent research with an impact on society. You also must have acquired the ability to express thoughts clearly and forcefully in both oral and written form.

The degree is not granted solely for the completion of coursework, residence and technical requirements, although these must be met.

Steps to Fulfill a Doctoral Program