Department Head

Bandana Purkayastha


Mary Bernstein, Noel Cazenave, Davita Silfen Glasberg, Lynne Goodstein, Nancy Naples, Bandana Purkayastha, Richard Rockwell, Michael Wallace, David Weakliem

Associate Professors

Maya Beasley, Simon Cheng, Andrew Deener, Manisha Desai, Mary Fischer, Matthew Hughey, Ralph McNeal, Kim Price-Glynn (Hartford), Bradley Wright

Assistant Professors

Ruth Braunstein, Susan Eisenhandler (Waterbury), Elizabeth Holzer, Christin Munsch, Jeremy Pais, Kathryn Ratcliff, Daisy Reyes

The Department of Sociology offers study leading to the M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology. Available areas of study include political sociology and social movements, gender and sexualities, racism and ethnic group relations, stratification and inequality, deviance, social structure and personality, and theory. Members of the Department also are associated with Women’s Gender and Sexuality Studies, Judaic Studies, African Studies, African-American Studies, Asian American Studies, El Instituto, and Human Rights programs.

The Department regards a basic understanding of research methods and statistics to be an essential part of graduate training in sociology. Accordingly, students are required to pass a basic statistics course as a prerequisite to the quantitative methods course.

Requirements for the M.A.

The purpose of all courses, residence, exams, and dissertation requirements is training and education for scholarly work and research in either an academic or applied setting.

Students should complete the M.A. degree in two years or less. Students may (1) write a master’s thesis (required for admission to the Ph.D. program) or (2) submit a portfolio of their scholarly work in four areas: social structure and personality, social theory, social organization, and methods (for a terminal M.A. degree). Portfolios may be submitted at any time.

The Master’s degree in Sociology requires a minimum of 37 credits, including Sociology 5001 (Proseminar, 1 credit), Sociology 5251 (Core Theorists, 3 credits), Sociology 5201 (The Logic of Social Research, 3 credits), Sociology 5203 (Quantitative Research I, 3 credits), and Sociology 5231 (Qualitative Research I, 3 credits).

Students with master’s degrees in fields other than Sociology. Students with master’s degrees in fields other than sociology may be admitted into the regular Master’s program even if their goal is the Ph.D. Applicants will remain in the Master’s program until they have satisfied the equivalency requirements as determined by the advisory committee and the graduate admissions committee.

Requirements for the Ph.D.

The Ph.D. in Sociology requires a minimum 30 credits beyond the Master’s degree, including Sociology 6251 (Contemporary Social Theory, 3 credits), Sociology 6203 (Quantitative Research II, 3 credits), and Sociology 6231 (Qualitative Research II, 3 credits).

Candidates for the Ph.D. are required to have a master’s degree in Sociology or its equivalent as determined by the admissions committee. Students who have been admitted to the Ph.D. Program by the departmental admissions committee are eligible to take the General Examination for the Ph.D. degree after fulfilling residence and course requirements, including the foreign language requirement (or six to nine credits in a related area).

The General Examination consists of one or more areas in Sociology (as defined by American Sociological Association sections), chosen by the student with the advice and consent of the advisory committee. The exam assesses substantive and theoretical knowledge of the area, critical thinking and assessment skills, an understanding of the implications of this knowledge for general sociology and the methodological skills appropriate to the area.

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