Ph.D. Program

The Ph.D. program offers specialized training in six areas: International and Regional Development, Rural Development, The Sociology of Work and Labor Markets, The Sociology of Gender, Criminology, and Politics, States and Social Movements. All students take core courses in sociological theory and research methods. Graduates will be prepared for academic careers in teaching and research and careers in applied social research.

Program Requirements

A.) Students must complete a minimum of 60-63 credit hours of Ph.D. work beyond the Master's degree: 30-33 hours of course work and 30 hours of dissertation research.

B.) Students with a master's degree at another institution or in another field may have master's level courses evaluated to determine if they are equivalent to courses required in the Ph.D. curriculum. Students requesting a waiver from any requirement must supply the course syllabus or other supporting information to the graduate coordinator for evaluation by the appropriate faculty.

C.) Elective courses (beyond required hours in the core and two areas of concentration) may be taken to strengthen one's background in any core or concentration area, or to broaden one's training as determined by the student, the major professor, and the supervisory committee. Also included might be tool courses such as computer courses, language study, or support courses in other fields.

D.) All Ph.D. students must take preliminary examinations in two areas of concentration and may be required to take examinations in Theory and Methods.

Core Curriculum

All Ph.D. students must fulfill the 15 hour core curriculum requirement. The hours may be taken at either the Master's or Ph.D. level.  Students are required to take:

A.) Theory (6hrs.)

SOCIO 809 Classical Social Theory
SOCIO 810 Contemporary Sociological Theory

B.) Methods (9 hrs.)

SOCIO 823 Intermediate Methods of Social Research
SOCIO 825 Quantitative Methods

C.) One additional methods course must be taken from among the following:

SOCIO 822 Introduction to Social Analysis
SOCIO 824 Qualitative Methodology
SOCIO 923 Methods of Social Policy Research
SOCIO 925 Specialized Approaches to Sociological Research
SOCIO 931 Seminar in Demographic Methods

Areas of Concentration

Areas of concentration are organized under 3 clusters that reflect the broader intellectual foundations and paradigms underpinning areas of concentration.  Ph.D. students must select two areas of concentration.  Students will be required to take a minimum of 9 hours of course work in each area (or more, if recommended by the supervisory committee).

Cluster One: Social Change and Development
Areas of Concentration:

1. International and Regional Development (9 hour minimum)

SOCIO 633 Gender, Power, and Development
SOCIO 738 Inter-American Migration
SOCIO 830 Social Demography
SOCIO 832 Sociology of Community
SOCIO 835 Environment and Society
SOCIO 842 Technology and Social Development
SOCIO 851 Social Change
SOCIO 853 Political Sociology of Developing Societies
SOCIO 951 Sociology of Global Social Change
SOCIO 953 Political Sociology of Advanced Societies

2. Rural Development (9 hour minimum)

SOCIO 830 Social Demography
SOCIO 831 Sociology of Agriculture
SOCIO 832 Sociology of Community
SOCIO 842 Technology and Social Development
SOCIO 851 Social Change
SOCIO 853 Political Sociology of Developing Societies
SOCIO 934 Sociology of Rural Development

Cluster Two: Social Inequality
Areas of Concentration:

3. Sociology of Work and Labor Markets (9 hour minimum)

SOCIO 647 Sociology of Work
SOCIO 841 Social Stratification
SOCIO 842 Technology and Social Development
SOCIO 940 Seminar in Work & Organizations

4. Sociology of Gender (9 hour minimum)

SOCIO 633 Gender, Power, and Development
SOCIO 665 Women & Crime
SOCIO 833 Gender Differentiation and Inequality
SOCIO 841 Social Stratification
SOCIO 933 Gender and Society

Cluster Three: Social Control
Areas of Concentration:

5. Criminology (9 hour minimum)

SOCIO 665 Women & Crime
SOCIO 850 Social Control
SOCIO 861 Sociology of Deviance
SOCIO 862 Criminological Theory (required)
SOCIO 962 Topics in Criminology /Deviance

6. Politics, States, & Social Movements (9 hour minimum)

SOCIO 850 Social Control
SOCIO 853 Political Sociology of Developing Societies
SOCIO 880 Social Movements
SOCIO 951 Sociology of Global Social Change
SOCIO 953 Political Sociology of Advanced Societies

Additional Areas

With the permission of the major professor and supervisory committee, a student may take courses and an examination in another area of concentration in which the faculty teach and conduct research. This area would substitute for one of the areas of concentration listed above.  The student would be required to take a minimum of 9 hours in the approved area.  Such areas include (but are not limited to): Research Methods, Environmental Sociology, and  Social Theory.

Ph.D. Preliminary Examinations

Upon completing the required 30-33 hours of course work beyond the M.A. degree, Ph.D. students must take preliminary examinations in a minimum of two areas of concentration.  Preliminary examinations in the core areas of theory and methods may also be required if a student's performance in the core theory or methods courses is deemed to be substandard.

The Doctoral Dissertation

Once all preliminary examinations are completed, Ph.D. students must successfully complete a doctoral dissertation in order to complete degree requirements.

Typical Ph.D. Program of Study

The recommended program of study for Ph.D. students is as follows:

First Semester (10 hrs.):

-- SOCIO 809 Classical Theory
--A 3 hour course in an area of concentration
--(a) A second 3 hour course in an area of concentration; or (b) A 3 hr. methods course to meet methods requirement
--SOCIO 801 Graduate Proseminar (1 hr.)

Second Semester (9 hours):

--SOCIO 810 Contemporary Sociological Theory
--SOCIO 823 Intermediate Methods of Social Research
--(a) SOCIO 825 Quantitative Methods; or (b) a 3 hr. course in an area of concentration

Third Semester (9 hrs.):

--A 3 hr. course in an area of concentration
--A 3 hr. course in an area of concentration;
--(a) A 3 hr. course in an area of concentration; or (b) a methods course to meet methods requirement

Fourth Semester (3-6 hrs.):

--(a) A 3 hr. course in an area of concentration; or (b) SOCIO 825 Quantitative Methods to complete methods requirements.
--Prepare for, and complete, Ph.D. preliminary examinations

Optional:

--3 hrs. of SOCIO 999 Ph.D. Dissertation Research (Note: this may be necessary for students on assistant-ships who must be enrolled for a minimum of 6 hrs.)

Fifth and subsequent semesters (1-12 hrs. per semester) -  SOCIO 999 Ph.D. Dissertation Research

Students must take a total of 30 hrs. of SOCIO 999 while completing their dissertation research.