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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 40-50 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 community/urban sociology; 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 department is home for Theory and Society: Renewal and Critique of Social Theory, an international journal of interdisciplinary social science.

Departmental administration and decision processes are characterized by decentralization and openness. The Graduate Sociology Students Association (GSSA) represents graduate student interests in areas of departmental policy-making. The department attempts to provide students with facilities necessary for study, work, and social interaction. Currently, limited office space is available as well as access to telephones, individual mail boxes, and a computer room, 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.

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

Research Spotlight

Article Reference Aggression, exclusivity, and status attainment in interpersonal networks (Social forces, 90(4):1207--1235. 2012) Faris, R

Article Reference Parents' testosterone and children's perception of parent–child relationship quality (Hormones and behavior, 60(5):512--519. 2011) Dorius, C, Booth, A, Hibel, J, Granger, DA, and Johnson, D

Book Reference Doctors and Demonstrators: How Political Institutions Shape Abortion Law in the United States, Britain, and Canada (University of Chicago Press. (ISBN: 0226313441). 2011) Halfmann, D

Article Reference The peer context and the development of the perpetration of adolescent dating violence (Journal of youth and adolescence, 42(4):471--486. 2013) Foshee, VA, Benefield, TS, Reyes, HLM, Ennett, ST, Faris, R, Chang, L, Hussong, A, and Suchindran, CM