Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology

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Graduate Students in Program:
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Priority Deadlines:

  • Fall January 10


  • Pullman

International Student English Proficiency Exams

International students may need to surpass the Graduate School’s minimum English language proficiency exam scores for this program. If the graduate program has unique score requirements, they will be detailed below. Otherwise, please refer to the Graduate School’s minimum score guidelines.

Degree Description:

The Sociology Program at Washington State is designed to integrate research and teaching in the training of students. Students have the opportunity for involvement in collaborative and independent research activities, facilitated by faculty led seminars and research programs. In addition to offering yearly teaching workshops for students who teach their own courses, students participate in a teaching seminar in their second year. The goal of the Program, and focus of graduate curriculum, is to train highly competent sociologists who will make constructive contributions to the field of sociology in academic, research, governmental, and community settings.

Admission Requirements:

Applicants must submit a statement of purpose, a writing sample and obtain three letters of recommendation.

Student Opportunities:

Opportunities include ability to work on federal grants with faculty members and develop your own courses.

Career Opportunities:

Academic appointments at colleges and universities, research positions with government agencies or private research organizations.

Career Placements:

Research positions in the following organizations:
Anchorage Justice Center, Anchorage, Alaska
International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan
Edith Cowan University, Perth, Australia
Pew Research Center, Washington, DC
Research-Into-Action, Portland, OR
Tennessee Environmental Protection Agency
University of Utah, Salt Lake City
U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC
Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund, Montpelier, VT

Tenure-track positions in the following institutions:
Albright College
Buena Vista University
California State University, Channel Islands
California State University, Fresno
California State University, Fullerton
California State University, San Bernardino
Central Washington University
College of Charleston
Eastern Connecticut State University
Eastern Washington University
Fresno Pacific University
Hashemite University
Humboldt State University
Iowa State University
Luther College
Michigan State University
Minnesota State University
New Mexico State University
North Dakota State University
Ohio University
Oregon State University
Pittsburg State University
Radford University
Royal Roads University
Southern Methodist University
St. Edward’s University
Texas Christian University
Texas State University, San Marcos
University of Alabama – Huntsville
University of Colorado, Colorado Springs
University of Idaho
University of Montana
University of Nebraska
University of Nevada Las Vegas
University of North Dakota
University of North Texas-Dallas
University of Oregon
University of Portland
University of Richmond
University of Tennessee
University of Texas, El Paso
University of Western Alabama
Upper Iowa University
Wayne State University

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