The sociology program has offered the MS degree since 1927 and a doctorate degree since 1957. Over the last two decades, the program has graduated an average of 5 to 6 MS and 2 to 3 PhD students each year. Our students have gone on to become community planners, statisticians, analysts, monitoring and evaluation specialists, program directors, teachers, researchers, counselors, and professors. Recent graduates have secured jobs at the Utah Department of Health, NYC Department of Health, the Department of Fisheries and Wildlife, international monitoring agencies, and colleges and universities such as Colorado State University, Tennessee State University, and University of North Carolina at Pembroke. See a list of our current graduate students to read more about their research interests.
A hallmark of our graduate training includes deep training in social theory and sociological research methods (both qualitative and quantitative), an overarching focus on issues of social change and inequality, sustained personal interaction between faculty and students, and substantive in-depth graduate training in three specific specialty areas.
Environment and Community Social Inequality
E. (Eddy) Helen Berry
The program houses two active research units including the Population Research Laboratory and Institute for Social Science Research on Natural Resources which offer opportunities for students to participate in ongoing research projects, learn valuable applied research skills, and gather data for their theses and dissertations.
Our program in environmental and community is one of the top programs in the U.S. for these areas. The Department collaborates with faculty in natural resources, water engineering, and other physical and social sciences. There is also a strong emphasis on teacher development, with a required teaching seminar for doctoral students, opportunities for students to teach their own courses, and teaching mentoring from faculty.
Master's of Science (M.S)This degree is focused on foundation courses in sociological theory, research methods and statistics, and a set of electives consistent with a student's career goals. The program requires a minimum of 30 credit hours, at least half of which are taken in Sociology. Successful defense of a research-based master's thesis is required for graduation.
M.S. Degree Requirements
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)The Ph.D. is available to students who have already completed a master's degree in sociology or a related field. Doctoral students take general coursework in sociological methods and seminars in theory & research in inequality and social change. A single written comprehensive exam is required in one of the three department specialty areas. Graduation requires 48-51 credits of post-master's coursework (up to 24 of which can be dissertation credits) and successful defense of a research-based doctoral dissertation.
Ph.D. Degree Requirements
Bachelor to Ph.D.The B.A. to Ph.D. is available on a selective basis to highly qualified students with a strong sociology background who have completed the bachelor's degree. Students are required to complete 69 credits of post-bachelor's degree coursework, which will include general coursework in sociological methods and seminars in theory & research in inequality and social change. They will be expected to complete a written comprehensive exam in one of three department specialty areas.
B.A. to Ph.D Degree Requirements