The Ph.D. program in Sociology is designed to prepare students for professional careers in teaching, research and creative activity or applied or practice-related sociology in academic, government and related areas. Students are encouraged to identify areas of interest that connect with faculty areas of expertise and interest. Students seeking admission must have an approved Master’s degree (thesis option), not necessarily in Sociology. If a thesis in a closely related field is not in evidence, Ph.D. students will be required to complete SOC 501 and SOC 504 in their first year of coursework Ph.D. program credits. A student guide to the program is located at: www.sdstate.edu/sociology-rural-studies/graduate-programs.
Course Delivery Format
Courses are generally delivered face-to-face in small seminar settings. A limited number of courses may be offered via DDN or on-line.
Doctor of Philosophy students seeking entrance must have an approved Bachelor’s and Master’s degree (thesis option), not necessarily in Sociology. Each applicant should have 2 signed letters of recommendation from individuals familiar with the student’s academic record.
It is required that applicants also include a writing sample and personal statement. The personal statement should identify the student’s academic goals and describe how those goals fit with the faculty expertise and interests.
Graduate students must consult with their advisor before registering for graduate work.