Sociology, PhD

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology


interim head of department: Brian Dill

director of graduate studies: Monica McDermott


department website: http://www.sociology.illinois.edu

college website: https://las.illinois.edu/


overview of graduate college admissions & requirements: Graduate Admissions

overview of college admissions & requirements:


department office: 3120 Lincoln Hall, 702 S. Wright St., Urbana, IL 61801

phone: (217) 333-1950

fax: (217) 333-5225

email: soc@illinois.edu


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.


Graduate Degree Programs in Sociology

Sociology, MA

concentration:

African American Studies

Sociology, PhD

concentration:

African American Studies


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.

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.

for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology


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
Survey Research Methods
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 Requirements

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

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
Survey Research Methods
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 Requirements

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