The graduate program in sociology at Kansas State University offers work leading to the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. The primary objective of the program is to provide high quality graduate training for students seeking to become teachers and scholars in the field of sociology, or those seeking to enter careers in applied research in government or private industry. The program offers a small student/faculty ratio, and in 2014 it was ranked as No. 20 among sociology programs in the nation. In the past years the number of graduate students has been between 40 and 50, equally divided between the M.A. and Ph.D. programs. The sociology program has fifteen tenured and tenure track faculty, and about a dozen affiliated graduate faculty from other programs.
The sociology graduate program has passed the 50 year anniversary in 2011. The first master’s degrees in sociology were awarded in 1961, the year when JFK became president and Joseph Heller first published Catch-22 . Three international students from India were the first to receive their MA degrees from our program with the following thesis projects: “Testing a Culturally-Bound Model for Acceptance of Agricultural Practices” (Wasudeo Rahudkar); “The Community Development Program in India” (Bhopinder Bolaria); and “Child Rearing Patterns: Cultural and Class Differences and their Effects on Personality” (Chandra Emmanuel). The PhD program awarded the first two degrees in 1978, the year when Maoism officially ended and the comic strip Garfield started. Our first doctorates were Judith L. Conboy (Reverse Discrimination: The Study of a Protest Movement) and Arthur S. Evans, Jr (Black Sociologists as a Status Community). We have come a long way since then, and we continue looking forward to working with talented young scholars in the future.