Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology

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Priority deadline:

  • Fall January 10


  • Pullman

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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 Learning Outcomes:

All graduates will be able to:


  1. To enable students to conduct original, empirical research the program aims to provide a variety of experiences, inside and outside of the classroom, that help students to:
    • Formulate an important, viable sociological research question within their field of expertise, including situating that research question within the relevant literature.
    • Collect or identify data from which to draw conclusions about the research question.
    • Apply appropriate research methods to sociological questions and describe the research methods accurately.
    • Appropriately analyze research data and present results in a clear, concise manner.
    • Draw conclusions about the research questions in a way that effectively locates the conclusions in the larger body of knowledge.
    • Draw implications about sociological knowledge from research findings.
  2. To prepare students to contribute to scholarly dialogue about their area of expertise, the program aims to provide a variety of experiences that help students to:
    • Present their research at local, regional, national, and international professional conferences and symposia.
    • Present research to broader audiences through publication in professional, peer-reviewed journals.
    • Develop a comprehensive knowledge of past and current research in their field of expertise and demonstrate that knowledge in a timed writing situation.
  3. To train students to communicate sociological knowledge to relevant audiences, the program aims to provide a variety of experiences that help students to:
    • Broaden their professional foundation through undergraduate teaching.
    • Place students in positions in academia, government, and the private sector (job placement statistics).

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

Contact Information:

Sydney Davies