3380 Sociology

Programs Offered:

  • Master of Arts in Sociology
  • Joint Master of Arts in Sociology and Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology
    • Concentration in Urban Spaces and Geography

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

Eric Wright, Chair
Jim Ainsworth, Director of Graduate Studies
Reginald Butler, Graduate Coordinator

The Department of Sociology offers three programs, the MA only professional program, the Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree program for those who already have an M.A. degree, and the Joint Master of Arts (M.A.) and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degree program for those entering with a B.A. degree. These programs provide 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 Joint 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 six specialty areas: (1) Family; (2) Gender; (3) Health; (4) Life Course, (4) Race and Ethnic Relations; (5) Sexualities; and (6) Urban Studies. We have one interdisciplinary concentration in urban spaces and geography with the geosciences department for students who wish to specialize in urban sociology and geography. 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: (1) a general intellectual foundation that supports the student’s analytic understanding of social life; (2) a sound methodological background that prepares the student for social research; and (3) 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 address 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 M.A. only program from a baccalaureate program:
    • 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 baccalaureate program (Joint 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).
  3. 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).

M.A. in Sociology (without continuing to the Ph.D.)

Professional Specialization in Data Analysis

The M.A. Only Program is a 31 credit hour degree program beyond the Bachelor’s degree (25 credit hours of course work and 6 credit hours of internship and capstone paper). If a student needs to take SOCI 3010: Social Statistics, SOCI 3020: Research Methods, and/or SOCI 3030: Sociological Theory (or their equivalents, as determined by the Director of Graduate Studies), these courses must be taken as non-credit prerequisites for SOCI 8010, SOCI 8020, and SOCI 8030. The M.A.-Only Program consists of a Master’s Core (1), Master’s Electives (2), and Other Master’s Requirements (3).

  1. Master’s Core Course Work (16 hours):
  2. Master’s Elective Course Work (9 hours or 3 courses):
    Students will take an additional three substantive sociology courses or advanced data analysis courses as electives.

    1. One elective should be in a substantive area such as:
    2. One elective should be in an advanced data analysis or data collection method either in Sociology or another department with permission from the instructor such as:
      • SOCI 9050 Advanced Topics in Research Methods (3)
      • SOCI 8900 Domestic Field School (3)
      • GEOS 6520 Quantitative spatial analysis (4)
      • SOCI 8900 Applied Sociology and Evaluation Methods (3)
      • PH 7711 Epidemiological Methods (3)*
      • PH 8890 Special topics in Biostatistics (3)*
      • EPRS 9570 Hierarchical Linear Modeling (3)*
      • SOCI 8900/GERO 8700 Intervention Research Design (3)
        *Any other methods course that the student would like to take with permission from the graduate director and the course instructor.
    3. One additional substantive or methodological elective of your choice from either offerings (a) or (b).
  3. Other Master’s Requirements (6 hours):

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 6 hours (2 courses) of advanced data analysis may be taken in a related field or fields with approval of graduate director.

NOTES:

  1. 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 lower grade in a required course, the student must repeat the course the very next time the course is offered to rectify the grade.
  2. The total number of hours must include a minimum of 25 hours in sociology in the Department of Sociology at Georgia State University.

Joint M.A./Ph.D. in Sociology

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 (1), Master’s Electives (2), Other Master’s Requirements (3), Doctoral Core (4), Doctoral Specialty Core (5), Doctoral Electives (6), and Other Doctoral Requirements (7).

  1. Master’s Core Required Course Work (16 hours):
  2. Master’s Elective Course Work (9 hours or 3 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 (9 hours):
  5. Select at least two from the core areas (6 hours)
  6. Doctoral Elective Course Work (12 hours or 4 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.
  7. 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 8999 or SOCI 9999 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 9001 Teaching Internship hours cannot be applied to the Ph.D. degree.
  6. tudents must take 3 hours of SOCI 8000 in the Fall semester of their first year in the Joint M.A./Ph.D. Program.

Ph.D. in Sociology

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 (1), Doctoral Specialty Core (2), Doctoral Electives (3), and Other Doctoral Requirements (4).

  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. Select at least two from the core areas (6hours):
  3. 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.
  4. Other Doctoral Requirements (32)
    • 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 8999 or SOCI 9999 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.

Concentration in Urban Spaces and Geography

The Ph.D. in Sociology with a concentration in Urban Spaces an Geography consists of a minimum of sixty-three semester credit hours (31-33 semester hours of course work and 32 semester hours of non-course work) beyond the Master’s degree, consisting of a Doctoral Core (1), Doctoral Specialty Core (2), Doctoral Electives (3), and Other Doctoral Requirements (4).

  1. Doctoral Core Course Work for Urban Spaces and Geography concentration, taken in consultation with PhD advisor (17):
  2. Select at least two from the doctoral specialty core areas (7-8):
  3. Select two sociology electives (6-7)
  4. 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.