Sociology : Program Requirements
In addition, normally students must complete at least one of the following: SOCI 520, 525, 535, 545, 608. 616. CSPT 500 or CSPT 501 may be substituted for these courses if the CPST section is taught by a member of the Sociology department. These courses are designed to reflect the current research interests of department faculty members and to give students exposure to the latest research in these areas.
CSPT Master’s students must complete 7.5 units of course work and a 7.5-unit thesis (SOCI 599) whose topic must be within the field of CSPT. Within or in addition to the 7.5 units of course work, they must complete two CSPT graduate seminars (3.0 units). At least 12 of the 15 units must be drawn from Sociology graduate course listings in the calendar (CSPT 500 and CSPT 501 are considered Sociology courses if taught by a member of the Sociology department). CSPT Master’s students are required to demonstrate competence in both sociological theory (SOCI 503 or 504) and method (SOCI 507 and SOCI 515).
This program involves 10.5 units of course work and a 4.5-unit Major Research Paper, with at least 12 of the 15 units drawn from Sociology graduate course listings in the Calendar. 3 units may be selected from graduate courses outside of Sociology. In this program, students write a Major Research Paper (SOCI 598) for which they receive 4.5 units of credit. Students are required to demonstrate competence in both sociological theory (SOCI 503 or 504) and method (SOCI 507 and 515). In addition, students must complete at least two of the following: SOCI 520, 525, 535, 545, 608, 616. CSPT 500 or CSPT 501 may be substituted for these courses if taught by a member of the Sociology department.
In this program, students write a Major Research Paper (SOCI 598) for which they receive 4.5units of credit. This is a piece of independent research work that involves substantial analytical engagement with a defined area of sociology guided by one or more research questions. Typically, the Major Research Paper is between 40 and 60 pages long.
All students are required to complete a minimum of five 1.5 unit graduate courses beyond the MA degree. Unless equivalent courses have been taken as part of a previous graduate program in Sociology, students will, by the end of their doctoral program, be required to complete two graduate-level social theory courses (SOCI 503 and 504) as well as graduate-level courses in qualitative (SOCI 515) and quantitative (SOCI 507) method. To ensure mastery of theory and method, students with grades below B+ in any of the four designated courses must pass a written supplementary examination before the theory/method requirements will be deemed to have been met. Students deficient in basic social theory and methods may be asked to complete undergraduate prerequisite courses (additional to the 7.5 required graduate-level units) before taking SOCI 503, 504, 507 and 515.
In addition to meeting the basic requirements above, all PhD students (except those taking the CSPT option - see below) are required to take one advanced course in social methods (SOCI 608 or SOCI 616) and one substantive area course (chosen from SOCI 520, SOCI 525, SOCI 535, SOCI 545). Sociology doctoral students are encouraged though not required to take graduate courses from other disciplines to enhance their studies. They may take 3.0 units from other departments.
CSPT doctoral students must meet the core requirements of their own department as well as the specific requirements of the CSPT program. A CSPT PhD student must complete a minimum of 7.5 units of course work, subject to the same basic requirements that apply to other Sociology doctoral students (see ‘Course Requirements’ above). CSPT doctoral students are required to take one section of CSPT 601 plus one section of either CSPT 600 or CSPT 690. In addition, the first component of the candidacy exam is replaced by a CSPT exam, set by the CSPT program. Students taking the CSPT doctoral option will have as their supervisor a CSPT faculty member who is also a member of the Sociology department. The student’s dissertation must meet the requirements of both the CSPT Program and the Department of Sociology. The topic must be within the broad field of cultural, social and political thought. Students wishing to take the CSPT option must receive approval from the CSPT program.