The PhD Program in Sociology at NC State
We are a department of outstanding accomplishments and great potential. Faculty and graduate students work hard, contribute a lot, and enjoy the camaraderie of a closely knit culture. The graduate program trains excellent researchers and teachers and places them in superlative jobs, both academic and non-academic.
But don't just take our word for it. Our 2007 external review praised the department and said we have "established a strong national reputation for scholarship in critical race, class, and gender studies which has been further strengthened by excellent placement of students who studied in that area", that "the graduate program in sociology has done a fine job of recruiting students, as evidenced by the substantial growth (in numbers) of applicants and in the quality of enrolled students" and that the program has "developed an expectation for publication among students as can be seen in the number of publications of students while in the program and of graduates in the first few years after graduation."
Our faculty have a wide range of research interests (check out the word cloud below, which was created from a list of faculty research interests). Students develop their dissertation research on diverse topics (click here for a list of dissertation and thesis titles of our graduates). Our program currently offers coursework and doctoral preliminary examinations in
- Crime, Deviance and Social Control
- Family and Life Course
- Food and Environment (new area)
- Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender
- Work and the Global Economy
We proudly point to
- an excellent awards package including stipends, health insurance, tuition remission, and office space
- an outstanding faculty, trained at leading universities and deeply involved in their scholarship, teaching, and outreach
- a broad range of research projects, quantitative and qualitative, domestic and international, collaborative and independent
- prominent publications by faculty, graduate students, and faculty-student collaborations
- excellent computing support with access to SAS 9.3, AMOS 19, STATA 11, HLM 7, SPSS 19, LISREL 8.8, Atlas.ti, Endnote X4, Microsoft Office 2010, and more
- our selection by the American Sociological Association as a model preparing future faculty (PFF) program
- our commitment to training first-generation college students and graduate students of color
- our solid and innovative teaching, from teacher training for our graduate students to distance education
- the great jobs our graduates get, and
- the awards our graduate students win.
Beginning Fall 2012 students in sociology have the opportunity to participate in the Genetic Engineering and Society program. For more information go to http://geneticengsoc.ncsu.edu/prospective-students/.
Find out more about why you should continue your career as a sociologist at NC State by browsing through this website or contact us at SocGradProgram@ncsu.edu.