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2011-2012 Graduate Catalog 
2011-2012 Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


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Jon Shefner, Head
Paul Gellert,
Director of Graduate Studies

Cable, S., PhD - Penn State
Frey, R.S., PhD - Colorado State
Jalata, A., PhD - State University of New York (Binghamton)
Shefner, J., PhD - California (Davis)
Shover, N.E., PhD - Illinois
Associate Professors
Bohon, S.A., PhD - Penn State
Bui, H.N., PhD - Michigan State
Dahms, H.F., PhD - New School for Social Research
Dandaneau, S.P. (Associate Vice Provost, Director of Chancellor’s Honors Program), PhD - Brandeis
Gellert, P.K., PhD - Wisconsin
Jones, R.E., PhD - Washington State
Kurth, S.B., PhD - Illinois (Chicago)
Presser, L., PhD - Cincinnati
Assistant Professors
Banerjee, D., PhD - Wisconsin
Brown, M., PhD - Indiana
Feldmeyer, B., PhD - Penn State
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.

The criminology concentration includes SOCI 505 , SOCI 551 , SOCI 653  and SOCI 655 . The environmental sociology concentration includes SOCI 560 , SOCI 661  and SOCI 665 . The political economy concentration includes SOCI 504 , SOCI 541 , SOCI 543 , SOCI 644  and SOCI 645 .

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 requesting consideration for funding must be received by the Office of Graduate Admissions and the Department of Sociology by February 15.


  • 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 (forms may be obtained from the department).
  • 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).



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.


Intercollegiate/Interdisciplinary Gerontology Minor
Graduate students in the Department of Sociology may pursue an intercollegiate/interdisciplinary minor in gerontology. The gerontology minor gives the student an opportunity for combining knowledge about aging in American society with his/her major concentration.

Core courses and a practicum are offered by the College of Social Work and selected departments within the Colleges of Education, Health, and Human Sciences and Arts and Sciences. A cross-listed seminar between contributing programs is designed to integrate experiences from different sources and to demonstrate the multi-faceted nature of working within an aging society. Please refer to the College of Nursing  for specific requirements.


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