Sociology

http://www.sociology.illinois.edu

Head of the Department: Kevin Leicht
Director of Graduate Studies: Monica McDermott
3120 Lincoln Hall
702 S. Wright St.
Urbana, IL 61801
(217) 333-1950
Fax: (217) 333-5225
E-mail: soc@illinois.edu

Major: Sociology
Degrees Offered: M.A., Ph.D.
Graduate Concentration: African American Studies (available to all degrees)

Medical Scholars Program: Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Sociology and Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) through the Medical Scholars Program

Graduate Degree Programs

The Department of Sociology offers graduate programs leading to the Doctor of Philosophy degree.

Admission

The Graduate College admission requirements apply. Students applying for admission should have a background in one of the social sciences, preferably sociology. Applicants must submit Graduate Record Examination (GRE) scores on the tests of verbal ability, quantitative ability, and analytical ability. The advanced test in sociology is optional. A writing sample is required. Non-native English speakers must also submit Teaching of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) scores and the Test of Spoken English (TSE) scores. The department does not accept applications to the M.A. program.

Medical Scholars Program

Applications are not being accepted at this time.

The Medical Scholars Program permits highly qualified students to integrate the study of medicine with study for a graduate degree in a second discipline, including Sociology. Students may apply to the Medical Scholars Program prior to beginning graduate school or while in the graduate program. Applicants to the Medical Scholars Program must meet the admissions standards for and be accepted into both the doctoral graduate program and the College of Medicine.  Students in the dual degree program must meet the specific requirements for both the medical and graduate degrees. On average, students take eight years to complete both degrees.  Further information on this program is available by contacting the Medical Scholars Program, 125 Medical Sciences Building, (217) 333-8146 or at www.med.illinois.edu/msp.

Graduate Teaching Experience

Although teaching is not a general Graduate College requirement, experience in teaching is considered an important part of the graduate experience in this program.

Financial Aid

Financial support is provided for most graduate students through teaching assistantships, research assistantships, tuition and fee waivers, fellowships, and other University and external financial support.

Master of Arts in Sociology

The master's degree is granted as an intermediate step on the way to the Ph.D. Students should ordinarily complete the requirements during their second year of residence.

SOC 510Professionalization Seminar (2 semesters)4
SOC 500Classical Sociological Theory4
or SOC 501 Contemp Sociological Theory
SOC 485Intermediate Social Statistics (or equivalent)4
Select one of the following:4
Demography and Human Ecology
Survey Research Methods I
Qualitative Research Methods
Adv Social Statistics II
Individual Topics in Sociology
Six additional courses at 400 or 500 level (at least 4 in SOC and 4 at the 500 level)24
Total Hours40

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
At least two semesters in residence and 5 UIUC courses minimum are required.
A Master's paper is required.
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 32
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 28
Minimum GPA: 3.25
1

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's graduate handbook and the Graduate College Handbook.

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology

The graduate program is small and cohesive with a high faculty-student ratio. All students are required to take a small core of required courses in theory and methods. Each term that students are in residence, they participate in at least one of a series of professional development workshops. Doctoral candidates must pass specialty examinations and write and defend a dissertation proposal and final dissertation.

Entering with approved B.S./B.A. Degree

SOC 510Professionalization Seminar (2 semesters)4
SOC 500
SOC 501
Classical Sociological Theory
and Contemp Sociological Theory
8
SOC 485Intermediate Social Statistics (or equivalent)0-4
SOC 583Qualitative Research Methods4
SOC 586Adv Social Statistics I4
Select one of the following:4
Demography and Human Ecology
Survey Research Methods I
Qualitative Research Methods
Adv Social Statistics II
Individual Topics in Sociology
An additional 5 substantive courses at the 500 level12
Electives to bring coursework total to 7232-36
SOC 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)3-24
Total Hours96

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Students must earn a B or better in every required course.
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 43
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 43
Qualifying Exam Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.25
1

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's graduate handbook and the Graduate College Handbook.

Entering with approved M.S./M.A. Degree

SOC 510Professionalization Seminar (2 semesters)4
SOC 500
SOC 501
Classical Sociological Theory
and Contemp Sociological Theory
8
SOC 485Intermediate Social Statistics (or equivalent)0-4
SOC 583Qualitative Research Methods4
SOC 586Adv Social Statistics I4
Select one of the following:4
Demography and Human Ecology
Survey Research Methods I
Qualitative Research Methods
Adv Social Statistics II
Individual Topics in Sociology
An additional 5 substantive courses at the 500 level12
Electives to bring coursework total to 488-12
SOC 599Thesis Research (min/max applied toward degree)3-24
Total Hours64

Other Requirements1

Other requirements may overlap
Students must earn a B or better in every required course.
Minimum Hours Required Within the Unit: 43
Minimum 500-level Hours Required Overall: 43
Qualifying Exam Required Yes
Preliminary Exam Required Yes
Final Exam/Dissertation Defense Required Yes
Dissertation Deposit Required Yes
Minimum GPA: 3.25
1

For additional details and requirements refer to the department's graduate handbook and the Graduate College Handbook.