Suggested PhD Timeline

Our goal is for PhD students to graduate within 5 years with publications and research experience needed to succeed on either the academic or applied job market. 

First Year (18 credits)

Fall Semester

SOC 504: Introductory Statistics for Social Sciences (required)

SOC 567: Classical Sociological Theory (required)

SOC 606: Social Research Methods (required)

TA responsibilities

Weekly Sociology proseminars

Spring Semester

SOC 568: Contemporary Sociological Theory (required)

SOC 607: Multiple Linear Regression (required)

Advanced methods course or elective

Select Faculty Advisor (dept form required)

Select MA project topic and begin MA research (in coordination with Faculty Advisor)

TA responsibilities

Weekly Sociology proseminars

Research hours (in collaboration with faculty)

Second Year (18 credits, total of 36 by year’s end)

Fall Semester

3 electives

MA research and writing

TA responsibilities

Weekly Sociology proseminars

Research hours (in collaboration with faculty)

Spring Semester

3 electives

Complete MA project

Present MA project to department

Submit an abstract or manuscript for conference presentation

TA responsibilities

Weekly Sociology proseminars

Research hours (in collaboration with faculty)

Third Year (18 credits, total of 54 by year’s end)

Fall Semester

3 electives

Submit MA paper for publication

TA responsibilities

Weekly Sociology proseminars

Research hours (in collaboration with faculty)

Spring Semester

3 electives

First qualifying exam

Submit an abstract or manuscript for conference presentation

TA responsibilities

Weekly Sociology proseminars

Research hours (in collaboration with faculty)

Fourth Year (12 credits, total of 66 by year’s end)

Fall Semester

2 electives

SOC 700: Thesis Guidance (3 credits)

Second qualifying exam

Dissertation proposal defense

Work on independent research paper to submit for publication by year’s end

TA responsibilities

Weekly Sociology proseminars

Research hours (in collaboration with faculty)

Spring Semester

SOC 700: Thesis Guidance (3 credits)

Dissertation research

Submit an abstract or manuscript for conference presentation

Work on independent research paper to submit for publication by year’s end

TA responsibilities

Weekly Sociology proseminars

Research hours (in collaboration with faculty)

Fifth Year (6 credits, 72 by year’s end)

Fall Semester

SOC 700: Thesis Guidance (3 credits)

Dissertation research and writing

Academic or applied job market

TA responsibilities

Weekly Sociology proseminars

Spring Semester

SOC 700: Thesis Guidance (3 credits)

Dissertation writing

Dissertation defense

TA responsibilities

Weekly Sociology proseminars