3380 Sociology

Programs Offered:

  • Combined Master of Arts in Sociology and Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology
    • Concentration in Family, Health and Life Course
    • Concentration in Gender and Sexuality
    • Concentration in Race and Urban Studies
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology
    • Concentration in Family, Health and Life Course
    • Concentration in Gender and Sexuality
    • Concentration in Race and Urban Studies

Department of Sociology
1041 Langdale Hall
Tel: 404/413-6500
Fax: 404/413-6505
sociology.gsu.edu

Lesley Reid, Director of Graduate Studies
Jamie Hayes, Coordinator of Graduate Studies

The Department of Sociology offers the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program the Combined Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D)degree program, providing students with both a broad exposure to the discipline of sociology as well as in-depth study in special areas of expertise. Qualified students are accepted into the Combined M.A./Ph.D. Program after their completion of a baccalaureate degree or are accepted into the Ph.D.-Only Program after their completion of a master’s degree in sociology or a closely related field. The broad knowledge of sociology comes through coursework in a variety of substantive areas, as well as through training in research methodology, statistics, and theory. Most of the faculty’s interest and expertise lie in three broad areas: (1) Family, Health and the Life Course, (2) Gender and Sexuality, (3) and Race and Urban Studies. The department’s approach is to enable students to apply sociological principles in a real-world environment and to foster a close working relationship between faculty and graduate students.

The goals of the Department are to provide:  A general intellectual foundation that supports the student’s analytic understanding of social life; a sound methodological background that prepares the student for social research; and a rich and specialized body of knowledge that equips the student for the practice of sociology in both the public and private sectors.  Students are offered many opportunities to become actively involved in the discipline at the state, regional, or national levels.Applicants may obtain additional information about the Department of Sociology by contacting the Director of Graduate Studies at the addresses above.

Additional Admission Requirements

In addition to the general requirements of the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Sociology has the following requirements:

  1. Students applying for the Doctor of Philosophy program from a baccalaureate program (Combined M.A./Ph.D. Track):
    • Applicants must submit scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the GRE.
    • Applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty personally acquainted with the applicant’s academic achievements.
    • Applicants must submit a sample of their written scholarly work (e.g., their term/research paper).
  2. Students applying for the Doctor of Philosophy program from a master’s program (Ph.D.-Only Track):
    • Applicants must submit scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination.
    • Although a master’s degree in sociology is not required, only students who have an accredited master’s degree, in a closely related field, or who have nearly completed the master’s degree, will be considered for the Ph.D. program. Applicants should have completed master’s level coursework in research methods, statistics, and sociological theory. If they have not had these courses, they must complete them as additional courses prior to enrolling in Ph.D. courses in these areas.
    • Applicants must submit three (3) letters of recommendation from faculty personally acquainted with the applicant’s academic achievements.
    • Applicants must submit a sample of their written scholarly work (e.g., their Master’s thesis or term/research paper).

Degree Requirements

Combined M.A./Ph.D. Track

Ninety semester credit hours (52 semester hours of course work and 38 semester hours of non-course work) beyond the Baccalaureate degree, consisting of a Master’s Core (A), Master’s Electives (B), Other Master’s Requirements (C), Doctoral Core (D), Doctoral Specialty Core (E, F, or G), Doctoral Electives (H), and Other Doctoral Requirements (I).

  1. Master’s Core Required Course Work (12 hours):
  2. Master’s Elective Course Work (12 hours or 4 courses):
    • Students with post-Bachelor’s degree course work from other accredited institutions may petition to transfer up to 6 hours (2 courses) of course work towards the M.A. degree following petition to, and approval by, the departmental Director of Graduate Studies. With the approval of the departmental Director of Graduate Studies, up to 3 hours (1 course) may be taken in a related field or fields and/or up to 3 hours of SOCI 8970 Directed Readings may be taken.
  3. Other Master’s Requirements (6 hours of non-course work):
    • SOCI 8999 Thesis Research (6)
    • A thesis proposal, thesis, and oral defense.
  4. Doctoral Core Required Course Work (13 hours):
    • SOCI 8342 Qualitative Methods in Sociology (3)
    • SOCI 9010 Multivariate Sociological Data Analysis (4)
    • SOCI 9020 Advanced Research Methodology (3)
    • SOCI 9030 Sociological Theory II (3)
  5. Family, Health and Life Course (FHLC) Specialty Required Course Work. Select two (6 hours):
  6. Gender and Sexuality (GS) Specialty Required Course Work (6 hours):
  7. Race and Urban Studies (RUS) Specialty Required Course Work (6 hours):
  8. Doctoral Elective Course Work (9 hours or 3 courses):
    • With the approval of the departmental Director of Graduate Studies, up to 3 hours (1 course) may be taken in a related field and/or up to 3 hours of SOCI 8970: Directed Readings may be taken.
  9. Other Doctoral Requirements (32 hours of non-course work):
    • SOCI 9999 Dissertation Research (32)
    • Written doctorial exams, a dissertation proposal, dissertation, and oral defense.

NOTES:

  1. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) or better. Students may not earn two or more grades of “C” or lower in graduate Sociology courses. Students who fail to meet either of these requirements will be scholastically terminated from the Sociology graduate program.
  2. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) or higher and must receive a grade of B or higher in each of the required courses. If a student receives a grade below a B in a required course, the student must repeat the course the very next time the course is offered to rectify the grade.
  3. Students must register for SOCI 8990 Research Practicum and SOCI 8991 Teaching Practicum while they are appointed as a GRA, GTA, and/or GLA.
  4. Students who are appointed as a GTA Bmust successfully complete SOCI 9000 Teaching Sociology and SOCI 9001 Teaching Internship prior to their appointment.
  5. SOCI 9001 Teaching Internship hours cannot be applied to the Ph.D. degree.
  6. Students must take 3 hours of SOCI 8000 in the Fall semester of their first year in the combined M.A./Ph.D. Program.

Ph.D.-Only Track

Sixty-three semester credit hours (31 semester hours of course work and 32 semester hours of non-course work) beyond the Master’s degree, consisting of a Doctoral Core (A), Doctoral Specialty Core (B, C, or D), Doctoral Electives (E), and Other Doctoral Requirements (F).

  1. Doctoral Core Required Course Work (16 hours):
    • SOCI 8000 Proseminar in Sociology (3)
    • SOCI 8342 Qualitative Methods in Sociology (3)
    • SOCI 9010 Multivariate Sociological Data Analysis (4)
    • SOCI 9020 Advanced Research Methodology (3)
    • SOCI 9030 Sociological Theory II (3)
    • NOTE: If a student needs to take SOCI 8010 Intermediate Social Statistics, SOCI 8020 Research Methods, and/or SOCI 8030 Sociological Theory I (or their equivalents, as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies), these courses must be taken as non-credit prerequisites for SOCI 9010, SOCI 9020, and SOCI 9030.
  2. Family, Health and Life Course (FHLC) Specialty Required Course Work. Select two (6 hours):
  3. Gender and Sexuality (GS) Specialty Required Course Work (6 hours):
    • SOCI 8156 Sexuality and Society (3)
    • SOCI 8216 Gender and Society (3)
    • Race and Urban Studies (RUS) Specialty Required Course Work (6 hours):
    • SOCI 8212 Race and Ethnic Relations (3)
    • SOCI 8226 Urban Sociology (3)
  4. Doctoral Elective Course Work (9 hours or 3 courses):
    • With the approval of the departmental Director of Graduate Studies, up to 3 hours (1 course) may be taken in a related field and/or up to 3 hours of SOCI 8970: Directed Readings may be taken.
  5. Other Doctoral Requirements (32 hours of non-course work):
    • SOCI 9999 Dissertation Research (32)
    • Written doctoral exams, a dissertation proposal, a dissertation, and oral defense.

NOTES:

  1. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) or better. Students may not earn two or more grades of “C” or lower in graduate Sociology courses. Students who fail to meet either of these requirements will be scholastically terminated from the Sociology graduate program.
  2. Students must maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (“B”) or better and must receive a grade of B or better in each of the required courses. If a student receives a grade below a B in a required course, the student must repeat the course the very next time the course is offered to rectify the grade.
  3. Students must register for SOCI 8990 Research Practicum and SOCI 8991 Teaching Practicum while they are appointed as a GRA, GTA, and/or GLA.
  4. Students who are appointed as a GTA B must successfully complete SOCI 9000 Teaching Sociology and SOCI 9001 Teaching Internship prior to their appointment.
  5. SOCI 9001Teaching Internship hours cannot be applied to the Ph.D. degree.
  6. Students must take 3 hours of SOCI 8000 in the Fall semester of their first year in the Ph.D.-Only Program.