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    University of Tennessee, Knoxville
    May 26, 2022  
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog 
2016-2017 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Jon Shefner, Head
Stephanie Bohon,
Director of Graduate Studies

Cable, S., PhD – Penn State
Frey, R.S., PhD – Colorado State
Jalata, A., PhD – State University of New York (Binghamton)
Jones, R.E., PhD – Washington State
Presser, L., PhD – Cincinnati
Shefner, J., PhD – California (Davis)

Associate Professors
Bohon, S.A., PhD – Penn State
Brown, M., PhD – Indiana
Bui, H.N., PhD – Michigan State
Dahms, H.F., PhD – New School for Social Research
Gellert, P.K., PhD – Wisconsin

Assistant Professors
Christian, M., PhD – Duke
Duran, R., PhD – Colorado
Ray, PhD – Duke

Benedict, R., PhD – Tennessee
Chumakov, Y., PhD – Notre Dame
Morelock, J., PhD – Penn State
Talley, J., PhD – Tennessee

Adjunct Faculty
Chen, C., PhD – Washington State


Sociology MA, PhD
     Criminology concentration  
  Environmental sociology concentration  
  Political economy concentration  

The Sociology Department offers graduate study leading to the Master of Arts and the Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The MA program includes a thesis and non-thesis option.


  • Acceptable scores on the general Graduate Record Examination (verbal, quantitative, and analytical) are required.
  • Overall undergraduate grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 or higher.
  • Three letters of recommendation.
  • Completion of the appropriate previous degree (baccalaureate, preferably with a major in one of the social sciences, for the MA program; master’s degree in one of the social sciences for the doctoral program).

Both the master’s and the doctoral program allow for the construction of individualized programs of study. Detailed information may be obtained from the Sociology Department’s Graduate Student Handbook. New students are admitted in fall semester only. Applications must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions and the Department of Sociology by February 1.


Environmental Policy Minor

The department participates in a program designed to give graduate students an opportunity to develop an interdisciplinary specialization in environmental policy. See Department of Political Science  for program description.

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