Graduate students pursuing the Ph.D. degree choose two areas of specialization, one of which must be within the discipline of sociology. The other specialization may be within sociology or a related substantive area. Current areas of faculty expertise include Criminology and Deviance; Families, Aging, and Health; Rural Sociology; Social Inequalities; Social Movements and Political Sociology; and Work, Organizations, and the Economy. In addition to the two specialization areas, doctoral students must demonstrate competence in theory and methods on the qualifying examination.
To aid in financing graduate education, a number of assistantships are available to qualified students. Outstanding students may compete for fellowships.
Sociologists at the University of Kentucky in the Departments of Sociology, Community and Leadership Development (in the College of Agriculture), and Behavioral Science (in the College of Medicine) carry on a substantial variety of research projects, consultative activities, extension education programs, and community services. Specialized experience and training are available to graduate students in rural sociology at the Agricultural Experiment Station and opportunities for applied sociology experience are available in the Cooperative Extension Service. Assistantships and traineeships in health-related areas are available to graduate students in Behavioral Science in the College of Medicine .
Opportunities for multidisciplinary work exist in conjunction with Centers and Programs at the University of Kentucky including the African-American Research and Studies Program, Appalachian Center, Center on Aging, Center for Prevention Research, Center on Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Environmental Studies, Poverty Research Center, Social Theory, and Women's Studies. Assistantships and traineeships are available to qualified sociology graduate students through these Centers and Programs.
A minimum combined score of 1500 on the three components of the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is expected (calculated by multiplying the score of the new analytical portion of the exam by 100). The following additional materials are required to apply for admission to the graduate program in Sociology, and should be sent directly to the Director of Graduate Studies, Department of Sociology, 1515 Patterson Office Tower, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY 40506-0027:
A statement of goals and reasons for pursuing an advanced degree in sociology. It is helpful if applicants also address the field(s) of interest within sociology they may wish to pursue in their graduate studies.
A sample of writing, preferably in the form of a term paper, an extensive essay, or a draft of a senior thesis. If the applicant has completed a master's degree, she or he may submit one or two chapters from the master's thesis. Please do not submit a copy of the entire master's thesis.
Three letters of recommendation. The recommendation form is available on the Sociology Department's Web site.
Application form for fellowships and assistantships, if the applicant wishes to be considered for a teaching assistantship, research assistantship, traineeship, or fellowship. This application form is available on the Sociology Department's Web site: <www.uky.edu/AS/Sociology/welcome.html>.
SOC 442G SOCIOLOGY OF WORK AND OCCUPATIONS (3)
SOC 451G FOUNDATIONS OF SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY (3)
SOC 452G CONTEMPORARY SOCIAL THEORY (3)
SOC 501 POPULATION ANALYSIS (3)
SOC 509 THE U.S. FAMILY IN HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVE (SAME AS FAM 509/HIS 596) (3)
SOC 517 RURAL SOCIOLOGY (3)
SOC 527 SOCIETY AND HEALTH (SAME AS BSC 527) (3)
SOC 533 SOCIAL ORGANIZATION (3)
SOC 534 THE SOUTHERN APPALACHIANS: A SOCIOLOGICAL INTERPRETATION (SAME AS ANT 534) (3)
SOC 535 STUDIES IN SOCIAL INEQUALITIES (SUBTITLE REQUIRED) (3)
SOC 542 HUMAN RELATIONS IN ADMINISTRATION OF ORGANIZATIONS (3)
SOC 547 SOCIAL AND PSYCHOLOGICAL ASPECTS OF APPAREL (SAME AS DMT 547) (3)
SOC 555 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS (SAME AS LA 855/NRC 555) (3)
SOC 556 ADVANCED GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS AND LANDSCAPE ANALYSIS (SAME AS LA 956/NRC 556) (3)
SOC 565 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN SOCIOLOGY (1-3)
SOC 603 SEMINAR IN TEACHING SOCIOLOGY (3)
SOC 610 PROSEMINAR IN COMPLEX ORGANIZATION (3)
SOC 622 TOPICS AND METHODS OF EVALUATION (SAME AS ANT/EPE/EDP 620) (3)
SOC 630 PROSEMINAR IN DEVIANT BEHAVIOR (3)
SOC 635 SEMINAR IN SOCIAL INEQUALITIES (3)
SOC 636 STRATIFICATION AND MOBILITY (3)
SOC 637 SOCIOCULTURAL DIMENSIONS OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT (SAME AS ANT 637) (3)
SOC 640 SCIENCE, AGRICULTURE, AND DEVELOPMENT (SAME AS ANT 640) (3)
SOC 641 GENDER ISSUES IN DEVELOPMENT (SAME AS ANT 641) (3)
SOC 642 THE SOCIOLOGY OF WORK, OCCUPATIONS AND LABOR MARKETS (3)
SOC 645 TOPICS IN POLITICAL SOCIOLOGY (3)
SOC 646 SOCIAL MOVEMENTS AND SOCIAL CHANGE (3)
SOC 650 CONCEPTS AND THEORIES IN SOCIOLOGY (3)
SOC 651 SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY IN TRANSITION (3)
SOC 661 SOCIOLOGY OF EDUCATION (SAME AS EPE 661) (3)
SOC 680 METHODS OF SOCIAL INVESTIGATION (4)
SOC 681 RESEARCH DESIGN AND ANALYSIS (3)
SOC 682 SPECIAL TOPICS IN ADVANCED SOCIOLOGICAL METHODS (1-3)
SOC 691 STRUCTURE OF U.S. AGRICULTURE (SAME AS AEC 691) (3)
SOC 730 SPECIAL TOPICS IN DEVIANT BEHAVIOR (1-3)
SOC 735 TOPICAL SEMINAR IN SOCIAL INEQUALITIES (3)
SOC 737 CULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND DEVELOPMENT (SAME AS ANT 736) (3)
SOC 748 MASTER'S THESIS RESEARCH (0)
SOC 749 DISSERTATION RESEARCH (0)
SOC 750 SPECIAL TOPICS IN SOCIAL CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT (1-3)
SOC 751 SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGICAL THEORY (3)
SOC 752 SEMINAR IN FAMILY THEORY CONSTRUCTION (SAME AS FAM 752) (3)
SOC 766 CONCEPTS IN MEDICAL SOCIOLOGY (SAME AS BSC 766) (3)
SOC 768 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE MASTER'S DEGREE (1-6)
SOC 769 RESIDENCE CREDIT FOR THE DOCTOR'S DEGREE (0-12)
SOC 772 TOPICAL SEMINAR IN SOCIOLOGY (3)
SOC 773 TOPICAL SEMINAR (3)
SOC 776 SEMINAR IN DEPENDENCY BEHAVIOR (SAME AS BSC/ANT/PSY 776) (3)
SOC 777 SEMINAR IN MENTAL ILLNESS CONCEPTS, RESEARCH AND POLICY (SAME AS BSC 777) (3)
SOC 779 TOPICAL SEMINAR IN SOCIAL PSYCHOLOGY (SAME AS PSY 779) (3)
SOC 780 SPECIAL PROBLEMS IN SOCIOLOGY (1-6)
SOC 785 COMPARATIVE HEALTH CARE SYSTEMS (SAME AS BSC 785) (3)
SOC 790 RESEARCH IN RURAL SOCIOLOGY (1-3)
SOC 792 RESEARCH IN SOCIOLOGY (1-6)
SOC 797 COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT PRACTICUM (1-9)