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Graduate Program

The Department of Sociology at the University of California, Davis, offers a Ph.D. graduate program. Currently 29 faculty are affiliated with the department, which enrolls an average of 50-70 graduate students in any given quarter.

Theoretical, methodological, and substantive pluralism characterize faculty research interests and departmental course offerings. The graduate program emphasizes rigorous preparation in sociological theory and research methodologies as the basis of sound scholarship. Students are encouraged to begin active research early in their graduate careers.

The multiplicity of specializations of faculty allows students the opportunity to design individualized degree programs. Some of these include complex organizations; culture, religion, and ideology; demography and ecology; family and kinship; law, deviance, criminology and social control; political economy/development/economic sociology; political sociology; race and ethnic relations; sex and gender; social movements and collective behavior; social psychology; social stratification; work, occupations and professions. In addition, students may pursue a designated emphasis in one of the following areas: critical theory, feminist theory, Native American studies, social theory and comparative history, and economy, justice and society.

The Graduate Sociology Students Association (GSSA) represents graduate student interests in areas of departmental policy-making. The department provide students with facilities necessary for study, work, and social interaction. Currently, limited office space is available as are individual mail boxes and a computer lab, in addition to extensive campus facilities.

Applicants accepted into the sociology graduate program are admitted directly to the Ph.D. program. The Masters degree is awarded to students in the course of working toward the Ph.D. Continuation in the Ph.D. program is contingent upon satisfactory completion of all MA degree requirements.

The mission to cultivate multiculturalism and diversity is a critical component of contemporary academic training. An important element of the educational experience of students in our Sociology Ph.D. program is the diverse environment in which we work, teach, and interact.  Diversity presents itself in many different forms: socioeconomic status, race or ethnicity, religion, gender, age, sexuality, nationality or place of origin, disability, unique work or life experience, etc.   Exposure to a broad range of experiences, perspective and values is key to fostering both breadth and depth in intellectual growth.  The Sociology Program is committed to maintaining an inclusive work environment that values diverse backgrounds, approaches, and perspectives to inspire collaboration, discovery, and innovation. Our graduate students work with an extremely diverse undergraduate population when they teach (as Teaching Assistants or Acting Instructors) and this has provided rich and meaningful professional development. Through research and teaching, our Ph.D. students are enabled and encouraged to become highly attentive to the importance of difference and diversity in higher education and in our society.

The larger graduate community at UC Davis values a diversity of viewpoints, backgrounds, and experiences among its students, knowing that a diverse student body strengthens the research, scholarship, and teaching of all members of our community. As a part of our commitment to diversity there are numerous resources, mentjoring workshops, events, and professional staff positioned to meet the needs of our graduate students as they achieve their professional, educational, and career goals. Please feel free to contact Dr. Josephine Moreno at, UC Davis’ Graduate Diversity Officer for Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education, with any questions or concerns regarding diversity in Graduate Studies. For the latest on Grad Diversity initiatives please visit our homepage at The UC Davis campus-wide Principles of Community can be accessed at

For more information about the graduate program, use the links to the left or send email inquiries to the Graduate Program Coordinator.


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