Department of Sociology
The Sociology Graduate Program
Social Problems & Social Change
The faculty of the
department span a broad spectrum of expertise that includes both
theoretical and applied areas, as well as the convergence of the two.
Students seeking a general background in the rudiments of sociological
analysis will be exposed to a systematic course of study including a
rigorous methods/ statistics sequence, theoretical foundations, and the
opportunity to pursue concentrated work in a number of substantive areas
of departmental strength such as deviance, health, globalization,
religion, social movements, and social stratification.
This general approach to
social problems and social change accommodates a wide array of specific
interest areas, such as race, health care, crime, economic inequality,
gender, family, education, and others.
Environment/ Global Context
Program Options: Thesis/Thesis-Practicum & Concentration Paper
The Thesis Track, which involves students in all phases of the research process, is designed for students who will pursue a Ph.D. degree or who plan a career involving research. Students in this track have two options. The first option enables the student to develop and carry out an independent research project in their area of interest. The second option engages students in all phases of the research process through the Practicum. In this collaborative option, research is driven by the needs and/or social problems addressed by various community organizations and agencies. The Concentration Track is intended for students who will not pursue a Ph.D. and who plan a career in which research skills will not be emphasized.
Comprehensive information on both tracks is available in the departmental Graduate Student Handbook.
of Sociology (J. Sherwood Williams, Chair)