PhD Concentrations | Department of Sociology

PhD Concentrations

The Sociology doctoral program requires students to choose major and minor areas of research concentration. For the major concentration area, 12 semester hours (4 courses) must be successfully completed, of which at least 6 hours are at the 6000-level. Doctoral students are required to take the core course in the concentration area they have chosen, although the core course is not a prerequisite for taking other concentration courses. Readings courses (SOC5900 or SOC6900) cannot be used to satisfy these requirements.

For the minor concentration area, students must successfully complete a minimum of 12 semester hours in a second sociology concentration or a related minor field. The second concentration may be one of the department's doctoral concentrations or a specialized concentration constructed by the student that is approved by all members of the student's advisory committee. The four courses taken for the secondary concentration must also be approved by the student's advisory committee. No more than one readings course (SOC5900 or SOC6900) may be taken to satisfy these requirements.

The department's three doctoral concentration areas include:

1. Comparative and Global Sociology Concentration

Chair: Dr. Gabe Ignatow

Core course that must be taken: Global and Comparative Sociology/SOCI 6401

Other courses that can be taken to satisfy the concentration:

  • Population and Society/SOCI 6402

  • Development and Social Change/SOCI 6504

  • Any of the following courses whenever required research paper takes a comparative and global approach: Sustainable Communities/SOCI 6701, Environmental Sociology/SOCI 6702; & Urbanization/SOCI 6703

  • Special Topics courses (5260 & 6500) with a comparative or global focus

2. Health and Aging Concentration

Chair: Dr. Cynthia Cready

Core course that must be taken: Health and Aging/SOCI 6601

Other courses that can be taken to satisfy the concentration:

  • Sociology of Health/SOCI 5410

  • Health Disparities/SOCI 6602

  • Medical Sociology/SOCI SOCI 6603

  • Environmental Sociology/SOCI 6702 and Sustainable Communities/SOCI 6701 whenever required research paper focuses on health and/or aging

  • Special Topics courses (5260 & 6500) focused on heath or aging

3. Social Stratification Concentration

Chair: Dr. Milan Zafirovski

Core course that must be taken: Social Stratification/SOCI 6501

Other courses that can be taken to satisfy the concentration:

  • Sociology of Gender: 5260/6500 (until it gets assigned a unique course #)

  • Race and Ethnicity/SOCI 6502

  • Sociology of Education/SOCI 6503

  • Any of the following courses whenever required research paper focuses on stratification: Sustainable Communities/SOCI 6701, Environmental Sociology/SOCI 6702, & Urbanization/SOCI 6703

  • Special Topics courses (5260 & 6500) focused on stratification

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