Sociology Graduate Program

The mission of the PhD program is to train doctoral students to become effective scholars and practitioners in sociology by building: (a) a comprehensive understanding of sociological theory, statistics, methods and selected specialization areas; and (b) professional competency in sociological research, instruction, and engagement. We primarily specialize in training students in the following sociological areas:

•    Crime, Law and Deviance

•    Global Work and Politics

•    Rural, Environmental, and Community Sociology

•    Health and Medical Sociology

•    Social Inequalities: Class, Race, Gender

Our students are actively engaged in research projects with faculty from the Department of Sociology, as well as others in the Colleges of Arts & Sciences, Agriculture, Education, and Medicine. They publish frequently in high quality journals, present at national and international conferences, work in applied research fields, and teach a broad range of sociology courses. Our students have been very successful on both the academic and non-academic job markets.


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