“Sociology… because we investigate the institutions and social processes that shape human behavior, histories, and opportunities.”

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Since all human behavior is social, few fields have such broad scope and relevance for research, theory, and the application of knowledge.

Join the graduate program for Fall 2017!

Some of the features of the graduate program include:

~Training in both quantitative and qualitative methods. Faculty areas of concentration include:

Culture, Demography,
Environmental sociology,
Gender, Globalization,
Life course, Medicine/health,
Migration, Political & economic sociology,
Race & ethnicity, Religion,
and Social inequality/stratification.

Click here for the full list of faculty in each area! 

~A dual-title doctoral degree program with the Gerontology Center. This option is designed to appeal to students who are strong in both disciplines. Upon the successful completion of the Ph.D. requirements of both areas, the student is awarded a single degree with both titles identified on the diploma: Ph.D. in Sociology & Gerontology.

Doctoral Placement

The Sociology Department has a strong record of placing students who graduate from our doctoral program. The current data from the National Research Council's assessment of the PhD program's Time-To-Degree can be found here and KU's Sociology Doctoral Program Profile can be found here.

Recent Dissertation Titles:

  • Kevin McCannon, Sept. 30, 2016: "Challenges of Health Care Devolution: Problems of Legitimacy, Consumer Knowledge, and Work Transfer in Kansas Medicaid"
  • Brock Ternes, Nov. 28, 2016: "Sustainable Practices in the High Plains: A Study of Water Conservation Efforts and Well Ownership"
  • Rachel Craft, Dec. 2, 2016: "Making the Choice to Use Herbs: Pathways to the Practice of Herbalism"


Doctoral students on the job market!

Some of our current graduates and lecturers on the job market!

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