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  Oct 19, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Catalog

Sociology, Ph.D.


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          sociology.ucmerced.edu
          Contact: Mitch Ylarregui, Graduate Program Coordinator, mylarregui@ucmerced.edu

The graduate degree in Sociology offers individualized, research-based, substantive training in social inequality (race/ethnicity, social class, gender and sexuality), political sociology and social movements; and organizations and institutions (education, occupations and work). Students gain expertise in sociological theory and both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

The deadline for applications is December 15th. Normally applications are accepted for Fall semester only. Applicants are encouraged to contact Sociology faculty before applying as fit with existing research programs is integral for admission. Applicants must provide evidence of an undergraduate grade point average no lower than 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Additionally, GRE scores, letters of recommendation, and a statement of purpose will be evaluated by the admissions committee as determinants of an applicant’s potential for success in graduate education. Foreign students from non-English speaking counties must also take the TOEFL and TSE exams.

Ph.D. Program Learning Outcomes


  1. Synthesize, critique, apply, and extend major sociological theories.
  2. Critique and evaluate qualitative and quantitative sociological research methods.
  3. Design and conduct independent research that makes an original contribution to sociological knowledge.
  4. Synthesize, critique, and identify extensions to previous empirical and theoretical work in at least two substantive areas of the discipline.
  5. Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing, about sociological theories, arguments, methods, and concepts.
  6. Be socialized into the profession. This can include attending a conference, organizing a session, presenting research, reviewing a journal article, peer mentoring, and otherwise participating in the organizational life of the program.

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