Graduate Program

The graduate program in sociology is intended to prepare students to become researchers, scholars and teachers.  The program offers students a well-balanced curriculum comprising theory and methods to enable them conduct sociological research at the forefront of the field.  Students also have opportunities to develop teaching skills.

In addition to the core curriculum, graduate students can select substantive course offerings in the six specialization areas: Family and Gender; Health, Aging, and the Life Course; Law and Society; Sociology of Religion; Social Inequality; and Social Movements and Political Sociology.

The program provides competitive financial support for graduate students. All admitted students receive funding in the form of a teaching assistantship, research assistantship, or fellowship. For more information, see Financial Assistance

As of fall 2017, there are about forty graduate students at various stages in the program. A small student-faculty ratio facilitates the working of graduate students closely with faculty members in their research, teaching, and publication activities. The department sponsors travel to professional meetings and a colloquium series featuring outstanding sociologists. The Graduate Committee organizes informal professional seminars and meetings to assist students in developing their plans for conducting research and teaching. The department maintains up-to-date computer hardware and software to assist the research process.

Faculty members in Sociology maintain ties with a number of interdisciplinary programs and centers, including:

To see the accomplishments of our graduate students go to Graduate Students Awards and Accomplishments and Graduate Students Publications.

Graduate students have a representative student body called the Sociology Graduate Organization.

For more information, please contact Nicole Remley at or (765) 494-4673 or the Graduate Director, Prof. Dan Olson at Professor Olson has also designed a custom web page answering frequently asked questions relevant for students interested in applying for Fall 2018 enrollment.


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