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Preparation for Doctoral Studies/Thesis Option (30 credits)
The Preparation for Doctoral Studies/Thesis Option supplies students with a strong foundation in which to pursue a Ph.D. in Sociology. The requirements for the Preparation for Doctoral Studies Option are:
Course Number and Title:                                                      
1. SOCI 6459-Modern Sociological Theory 3 credit hours                                            
2. SOCI 6488-Research Methods and Design 3 credit hours                                        
3. SOCI 6212, 6213-Social Statistics 3 credit hours                                                                                
4. SOCI 6312, 6313-Multivariate Techniques and Analysis 3 credit hours                   
5. Graduate Level Sociology Electives (5000 or above)* 6 credit hours                      
6. Graduate Level Sociology or Other Electives (5000 or above)* 6 credit hours       
7. SOCI 7000-Thesis (two semesters) ** 6 credit hours                                               
8. SOCI 8000-Comprehensive Exam (Theory, Methods, Stats) ***      
Total 30 Credit Hours                           

*-All courses taken outside of department must be approved by the Graduate Director.  A minimum of six elective credits must be taken in Sociology, and a maximum of six credits may be taken outside of the department. Students may have this requirement waived by the Graduate Director, if they are enrolled in an official second graduate degree or certificate. However, students must have completed 18 course credits in Sociology, (not including thesis hours), along with a Teaching Mentorship, if they wish to teach an undergraduate course in the department (Student Teaching is subject to approval of the Department of Sociology’s Chair, Graduate Director, and Undergraduate Director, See Appendix J).

** Subject to Graduate Director Approval. See the discussion of the Thesis/Thesis Committee.

*** Students do not enroll in this course, but fulfill this requirement after passing all three content area sections

   The following is a typical class schedule for a student beginning in the Fall Semester under the Preparation for Doctoral Studies Track: