Requirements for the PhD consist of a core curriculum, elective courses, research apprenticeship experience, a one-semester teaching assistantship, residence requirement, foreign language competency, and a dissertation with a departmental and university defense. Beyond these requirements, students are free to tailor their graduate training under the supervision of their advisors. Students are expected to complete all University and departmental requirements other than the dissertation by the end of the spring semester of their fourth year in the program (this includes the departmental defense of the dissertation proposal).
The Master’s degree is granted as part of the doctoral training sequence to students successfully completing the core curriculum and meeting the residence requirement.
The department also offers two certificate programs that allow students to concentrate their graduate course of study: The Program on Global Social Change (PGSC) and the Program on Social Inequality (PSI). Students may pursue certificates in either, both, or neither of the special programs, and credits earned while pursuing a certificate may also be used to fulfill PhD requirements.
Social Theory [Read More]
Sociological Analysis [Read More]
This seminar (230.643) is designed to acquaint the student with how sociologists deal with important theoretical issues, using a variety of methods and sources of data. It must be passed with a grade of B- or higher. This is the core methods course taken by all Sociology graduate students.
Methods and Statistics [Read More]
The student must pass an approved three-semester sequence in methods and statistics with a grade of B- or higher. The required courses are 230.600 Introduction to Social Statistics and 230.604 Linear Models for the Social Sciences. The third course should be selected from the following options. Additional courses from this list beyond the ‘required third course’ count toward the nine elective courses required for the PhD.
- 230.649 Qualitative Research Methods in the Social Sciences (biennial)
- 230.650 Macro-Comparative Research Methods (biennial)
- 230.605 Categorical Data Analysis and Selected Topics (annual)
- 230.636 Research Designs for Causal Inference and Mixed Methods (biennial)
- 230.6xx Quantitative Research Workshop (biennial – new course)
Courses for which 230.605 is a prerequisite:
Pro Seminar [Read More]
This course is designed to acquaint new students with the sociology faculty and their research interests. It is taken Pass/Fail in the student’s first semester.
Electives [Read More]
In addition to the core curriculum, graduate students must enroll in nine additional graduate-level courses, up to four of which may be taken outside of the department. All must be passed with a grade of B- or higher. While students are free to select these courses, the department strongly recommends that they be taken from diverse fields of specializations so as to maximize the breadth of exposure to core areas of sociology and other disciplines.
Research Apprenticeship [Read More]
Graduate students must serve as a research assistant on two research projects in the department. This requirement is satisfied by certification from two different faculty members of professional-level work in research projects under their direction for a period of no less than one semester.
Teaching Assistantship [Read More]
As part of their preparation for future academic work, graduate students are required to serve as teaching assistants for at least one semester.
Foreign Language [Read More]
Each student must demonstrate reading knowledge of a language other than English. For a language to be eligible the student must show that (1) a body of social scientific literature exists in the language, and the student needs to read this literature in connection with his or her research, or (2) the student must use this language to carry out dissertation field work or archival research for the dissertation. The language test will evaluate comprehension of a social science document.Students are encouraged to complete the language requirement as soon as possible, but no later than the end of their third year.
Trial Research Paper [Read More]
Dissertation [Read More]
The student must propose and conduct original research which is presented in a dissertation suitable for publication. The department administers an oral examination which must be passed before the student is allowed to defend before a university board. The dissertation must then be defended either at a Graduate Board preliminary oral examination, based on the dissertation proposal, or at a Graduate Board final oral examination, based on the completed dissertation.
Residence [Read More]
A minimum of two consecutive semesters of full-time residence is mandatory for all degrees. However, at least six semesters of full-time residence is recommended by the department for completion of the core curriculum, electives, and certifications in the two different research projects. By the end of the fourth year in the program, the student is expected to have written a dissertation proposal, and have defended it successfully before the appropriate examining committees.
Download the PhD Handbook (PDF) for more details.