Sociology PhD

Degree Requirements

The following requirements are in addition to, or further elaborate upon, those requirements outlined in The Graduate School Policy Guide.


The Department of Sociology does not offer a terminal MA degree. Sociology PhD students may apply for a master’s degree en route to their PhD. The Department of Sociology requires that all departmental required courses be completed, and second year paper be approved, as part of these 9 graded courses.


Total Units Required: 20 Units (plus 2 quarters of SOCIOL 480-0 Introduction to the Discipline)

For detailed information on The Sociology Department’s PhD Program requirements please see the Sociology Graduate Student Handbook (The Whole Hooey). The general requirements are for students to take the following:

Course Title
Required Coursework (8 Units)
Statistics Courses (2 Units)
Statistical Analysis of Social Data: Applied Regression Methods I (Required)
Statistical Analysis of Social Data: Applied Regression Methods II (Required)
Theory Courses (2 Units)
Classical Theory in Sociological Analysis (Required)
One additional theory course
Methods Courses (2 Units)
Field Methods (Required)
One additional methods course
Teaching Seminar (1 Unit)
Seminar on College Teaching (Required)
Non-credit Proseminar
Introduction to the Discipline (Fall and Winter Quarters Required)
Second-Year Paper Seminar (1 Unit)
Research: Second Year Paper (Fall Quarter Required)
Electives (12 Units)
Sociology Department Electives (9 Units)
Outside Department Electives (3 Units)

Other PhD Degree Requirements

  • Research/Projects: Second-year paper suitable for publication that must be completed by the end of 2nd year (may be used as master's thesis; see Master's above).
  • Examinations: Qualifying examination for admission to candidacy is the Special Fields Paper that must be completed at the end of 3rd year.
  • PhD Dissertation: Based on original, independent research
  • Final Evaluations: Defense of dissertation