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Graduate Programs

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M.A. in Sociology

The Sociology Department at the University of South Florida offers a M.A. degree in Sociology. Typically requiring two years (four semesters) of full time study, students complete core requirements (Sociological Theory, Research Methods, Statistics) and electives, some of which can be graduate-level classes taken from departments other than Sociology. The capstone experience is a thesis which is an independent empirical research project designed, conducted, and written by the student with the assistance of faculty who are thesis committee members.

Recent thesis research has examined a wide variety of questions such as: What is the relationship between the events of 9/11 and hate crimes against Arabs and Muslims? How do teens attending an elite high school understand the meaning of money? How do child protective service workers help one another manage the overwhelming emotions from their work? How do college students in Taiwan understand the meaning of “anorexia”?

Recent graduates have continued their education in Ph.D. programs including those at University of Massachusetts, University of Illinois, University of Colorado, University of Missouri, University of Florida, University at Albany, Boston College, Rutgers, and Vanderbilt. Others have embarked on professional careers in teaching, research, and administration.

Ph.D Program in Sociology

Ph.D. Intro

From left: David Zeller, Jennifer Earles, Hilary Dotson,
Sean Currie, Brenda Mason.

The Sociology Ph.D. offers an integrated series of graduate courses that focus on Sustainable Communities in Global and Urban Environments. This program is unique in that it emphasizes multi-disciplinary research, teaching, and scholarship related to the study of identity, community and sustainability. Building upon faculty strengths, the program is designed to prepare students to engage in research and teaching that focus on post-industrial global and urban environments. In addition to broad theoretical and methodological training, there is specialized study in areas such as:

  • Urban development and culture
  • Social inequalities
  • Identities and communities
  • Social problems and social movements
  • Globalization, power, and politics
  • Immigration and migration
  • Community, networks, and wellbeing

For applications of these concepts see faculty vitas:

The program will assist students in developing the skills to:

  • become productive faculty members, skilled researchers and/or teachers in
    graduate and undergraduate Sociology and Community/Urban studies
  • engage in scholarly and community-based research and policymaking to enhance
    quality of life and promote cultural diversity;
  • develop and promote community policies that will encourage social, economic, and
    environmental wellbeing;
  • assume leadership positions to strengthen the relationship between the university
    and the local, regional, and global communities.

The program is a minimum of 60 credit hours beyond the M.A. and includes an interdisciplinary Prosem, disciplinary core requirements (Advanced Research Methods and Study Design, Advanced Sociological Theory), disciplinary and interdisciplinary electives, a capstone interdisciplinary seminar, and a dissertation. In addition, rather than typical comprehensive examinations, faculty work with students to build a portfolio designed to demonstrate their competencies in participating in the ongoing scholarly dialogue, reviewing and evaluating the work of others, and teaching.

Further information can be found on the Sociology Department website:
Or contact: Sara Crawley, Associate Professor and Graduate Director: