Sociology Designated Emphasis


Graduate students interested in pursuing the Designated Emphasis in Sociology should contact the Sociology graduate program coordinator.


To receive the Designated Emphasis (DE) in Sociology, a graduate student from another department must complete the following requirements in addition to the degree requirements for the doctorate in their degree-granting department. Students must initiate the request for the DE through their home departments. Then the student must meet with the Sociology graduate director who will: a) decide whether to approve the application; b) help find a Sociology faculty advisor; and c) oversee progress in the Designated Emphasis.

Committee Composition and Departmental Approvals

Advisor: In addition to the student’s advisor(s) in their home department, the student must have a faculty advisor from among the core faculty of the Sociology Department who commits to serve on the qualifying examination (QE) committee. Outside members of a QE committee must be tenured.

Course Requirements

The student must take five (5) Sociology graduate seminar courses:

Two (2) core courses:

SOCY 201The Making of Classical Theory


SOCY 202Contemporary Sociological Theory


One (1) methods course from the following:

SOCY 203Sociological Methods


SOCY 204Methods of Quantitative Analysis


SOCY 205Field Research Methods


SOCY 206Comparative Historical Methods


SOCY 209The Analysis of Cultural Forms


SOCY 241Cross-National and Cross-Cultural Research


SOCY 242Feminist Research Seminar


SOCY 282Social Policy Research


Two (2) other graduate seminar electives offered by the Sociology Department

*SOCY 208, SOCY 250, SOCY 293, SOCY 297, SOCY 299 cannot be counted toward the requirements for the Designated Emphasis.

All courses must be offered by the Sociology Department. Courses offered by other departments do not count towards the requirements for the Designated Emphasis in Sociology.

Writing, Research and/or Teaching Requirements

The student must prepare a significant piece of scholarly writing in the area of sociology. This may take the form of a substantial seminar paper, a master’s essay, a paper submitted for publication, or a chapter of the doctoral dissertation. The student’s Sociology faculty advisor will determine whether a particular piece of writing meets the requirement.