A minimum of 51 credit hours beyond the master's degree is required for the PhD degree. These hours include 24 hours of Doctoral Research and Dissertation and a minimum of 27 hours in graduate course work (9 courses). Students must also pass two qualifying exams in theory and methods no later than the beginning of the third year of study and a comprehensive examination in one of the three areas of concentration (criminology, environmental sociology, and political economy), write a dissertation based on original research, and pass a final oral examination on the dissertation.
The following requirements must also be met:
The criminology concentration includes SOCI 505 , SOCI 652 , SOCI 654 , and SOCI 655 .
The environmental sociology concentration includes SOCI 503 , SOCI 661 , and SOCI 665 .
The political economy concentration includes SOCI 504 , SOCI 541 , SOCI 543 , SOCI 644 and SOCI 645 .
- 9 hours in second area (another concentration in Sociology, a foreign language, interdisciplinary social theory graduate certificate, statistics minor, or an additional area proposed by the student in consultation with their advisor and approved by the graduate committee).
- At least 12 hours (4 courses) must be completed at the 600-level.
- At least 24 hours of SOCI 600 Doctoral Research and Dissertation.
- If not completed at the MA level, SOCI 506 , SOCI 511 , SOCI 521 and SOCI 531 (hours will not count toward the minimum number of hours required for the PhD).