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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

The Doctor of Philosophy Program

The areas of specialization offered in the Ph.D. program include:

  • Criminology
  • Community, Agriculture, Food, and Environment 
  • Politics and Development
  • Structural Inequalities and Culture         

All students take core courses in sociological theory and research methods. Graduates are prepared for academic careers in teaching and research and careers in applied social research.

Students must complete 33 credit hours of regular coursework beyond their master’s degree (30 if the M.A. degree is from KSU), and complete 30 hours of dissertation research. Master’s degrees are accepted as a 30 hour unit toward a doctoral degree. Students must fulfill the 15 hour core curriculum (6 hrs. theory and 9 hrs. methods) and 18 hours of electives.

Upon finishing their coursework, students must take two preliminary examinations (please see the handbook for more information). A typical doctoral study takes five years (four if the master’s degree is from the same program), depending on the nature of the dissertation research.