Director of Graduate Studies
The Sociology Department provides a challenging and engaging environment for students entering into our program. Entering cohorts typically range from 5-12 students per year. We provide competitive funding packages for all students we admit who need funding. The funding package includes a stipend for a 20-hour per week appointment as a graduate teaching assistant or research assistant, a waiver of tuition, and highly subsidized health insurance.
The department has a diverse faculty who offer a wide range of substantive areas, methodological approaches, and theoretical orientations. Areas of particular strength include inequality, poverty, and mobility; political sociology; social movements; gender and sexualities; ethnicity, race and racism; sociology of culture; sociology of education; work and labor markets; social demography; urban and community; globalization and immigration; human rights; and sociology of religion. All of our students receive rigorous training in sociological theory, quantitative methods and qualitative methods. For a list of faculty research areas, please see the Faculty Overview page.
Recent PhDs from our Department have obtained tenure-track positions at a variety of colleges and universities including Emory University, Georgia Tech, UCONN WGSS, Eastern CT State University, University of Northern Iowa, International Islamic University, Shih Hsin University, Naugatuck Valley Community College, Clark University, and Skidmore College. Some other have obtained applied research positions including Inspector General of the Department of Health and Human Services, National Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Census Bureau. Others have gained postdoctoral fellowships at schools like Rutgers University, and Ohio State University.
For more detailed information about the program, see the links on the right, the Graduate Handbook, or contact Professor Nancy Naples, Director of Graduate Studies in Sociology, at email@example.com, or our Program Assistant Katherine Covey, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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