Tianji Cai, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., University of North Carolina. Quantitative methods; gene-environment interactions.
Cynthia M. Cready, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Texas A& University. Quantitative methods; long-term care of the aged; inequality; migration; marriage and family.
Nicole Dash, Associate Professor and Associate Dean of the College of Public Affairs and Community Service; Ph.D., Florida International University. Disasters; natural and technological hazards; social vulnerability and inequality.
Gabe Ignatow, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Stanford University. Globalization; cultural sociology; theory; new media; history of sociology.
Stanley R. Ingman, Professor; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Gerontology; sociology of health; health care services for the aged.
Erma Jean Lawson, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Kentucky. Medical sociology.
Ami R. Moore, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University. Social demography; HIV/AIDS related issues; family; African immigrants in the U.S.
Michelle Poulin, Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Boston University. Population studies; gender and family; culture; social change; research methods; Southern Africa; United States.
Daniel G. Rodeheaver, Associate Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., University of Georgia. Environmental sociology; disasters; development and social change; developing societies; criminology and criminal justice.
James H. Swan, Professor; Ph.D., Northwestern University. Racial and ethnic relations; aging and social gerontology; disabilities.
Keith W. Turner, Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Cincinnati. Aging and disabilities policy; advocacy.
David A. Williamson, Associate Professor; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. Medical sociology; traditional medicine in Sub- Saharan Africa; developing societies.
George Yancey, Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Interracial unions; multiracial Christian churches; race relations; religion; sociology of knowledge; sociology of science.
Dale E. Yeatts, Professor; Ph.D., University of Virginia. Sustainable community development; social gerontology; self- managed work teams.
Milan Zafirovski, Professor; Ph.D., Florida International University. Economic sociology; political sociology; social stratification and change; terrorism.
In the Department of Sociology, we teach more than theories, facts and figures. Our aim is to develop independent thinkers who are capable of conducting quality, innovative research in a particular area of interest.
Pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sociology at the University of North Texas prepares you to become an independent researcher and/or instructor in higher education. Youíll learn how to apply social science perspectives and tools to social problems and improve the quality of life. You can concentrate your studies into one of four areas: globalization, health and illness, sociology of aging, or social stratification. We also offer a Specialist in Aging certificate.
While enrolled in our doctoral program, youíll have opportunities to work closely with faculty members in educational and research activities in areas such as:
Additional resources are available through our participation in the Federation of North Texas Area Universities with Texas Womanís University and Texas A&M University-Commerce. This collaborative effort allows you to take sociology courses at these institutions, apply them to your degree program, and gain different viewpoints and expertise in substantive areas of study in sociology.
The admission process to the doctoral program is a highly competitive, two-step process. First, you will need to be admitted to the Toulouse Graduate School. Admission requirements are outlined at tsgs.unt.edu. Second, you will need to complete the sociology departmental application process, which requires a statement of purpose and four completed recommendation forms and/or letters of recommendation.
Students with a masterís degree may be considered for either unconditional or conditional admission based on the following requirements. (Conditional admission requires filing an appeal with the graduate school.)
Additional course work is typically required if you have fewer than the required semester hours and courses needed for unconditional admission. Outstanding undergraduates without a masterís degree who meet all possible unconditional requirements may be considered for admission to the doctoral program.
The graduate school dean will notify you of the admission decision to our program. We recommend completing the admission process by the last Monday in November in the year prior to the requested admission year. Selected candidates will be invited to attend a retreat on the final weekend of January where they learn more about the program and meet some of the professors. Accepted applicants should consult with our Director of Graduate Studies for recommended courses before their first semester.
The doctoral program requires a minimum of 90 semester hours beyond the bachelorís degree or 60 semester hours beyond the masterís degree.
You may earn limited credit in cooperative education or in an internship as part of your Ph.D. course work.
You will also need to carry a full load of 9 semester hours for any two consecutive semesters to fulfill the doctoral residence requirement.
The primary forms of financial support are assistantships in the Department of Sociology, scholarships or financial aid. To be considered for assistantships, you should submit all required admission materials to our department and the Toulouse Graduate School by the last Monday in November of the year prior to the requested admission year. Assistantships are announced at the January informational retreat.