In the Department of Sociology, we teach more than theories, facts and figures. Our aim is to develop independent, critical thinkers who are capable of conducting high quality and innovative research in a specific area.
Pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sociology at the University of North Texas prepares you to be an independent researcher or instructor in higher education. You'll learn to apply social science perspectives and tools to problems and improve the quality of life. You can concentrate your studies in the areas of comparative and global sociology, social stratification or health, illness and aging.
While in our doctoral program, you'll have opportunities to work closely with faculty members in educational and research activities focusing on:
Additional resources are available through our participation in the Federation of North Texas Area Universities. This collaboration allows you to take sociology courses that offer different viewpoints and expertise in substantive areas of study in sociology.
Admission to the doctoral program is a competitive, two-step process. First, you'll need to meet the graduate school's admission requirements, which are outlined at our website.
Second, you'll need to complete the Department of Sociology's application process that requires a statement of purpose and three completed recommendation forms or letters.
Students with a master's 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 may be required if you have fewer than the required credit hours and courses needed for unconditional admission.
Outstanding undergraduates without a master's degree who meet all possible unconditional requirements may be considered for admission to the doctoral program.
The graduate school dean will notify you about being admitted to our program. We recommend completing the admission process by the last Monday in November the year prior to the requested admission year.
Selected candidates are invited to a retreat in early spring to learn more about the program and meet professors. Accepted applicants should consult with our Director of Graduate Studies before registering for their first semester of course work.
You may earn credit for an internship as part of your Ph.D. course work. You'll also need to enroll in 9 credit hours for two consecutive long semesters or 6 credit hours for three consecutive semesters to fulfill the doctoral residence requirement.
The primary forms of financial support are assistantships in the department, scholarships or financial aid. To be considered for assistantships, you should submit all admission materials to our department and the graduate school by the last Monday in November the year before you want to enroll.
Assistantships are announced shortly after the spring informational retreat.
Cynthia M. Cready , Associate Professor, Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Department Chair; Ph.D., Texas A&M University. Quantitative methodology; elder health and care; inequality; marriage and family.
Nicole Dash , Associate Professor and Associate Dean for the College of Public Affairs and Community Service; Ph.D., Florida International University. Sociology of disaster; applied sociology.
Gabe Ignatow , Associate Professor; Ph.D., Stanford University. Text analytics; theory; new media.
Erma Jean Lawson , Associate Professor; Ph.D., University of Kentucky. Medical sociology; qualitative research methods.
Ami R. Moore , Associate Professor; Ph.D., Bowling Green State University. Demography; medical sociology; migration and immigration.
Daniel G. Rodeheaver , Associate Professor and Department Chair; Ph.D., University of Georgia. Sociopolitical ecology; development and social change; crime and terrorism.
Gul Seckin , Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University. Medical sociology; aging/social gerontology; mental health; quantitative methodology.
Michael F. Thompson , Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Indiana University. Economic sociology.
David A. Williamson , Associate Professor; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. Development; medical sociology; religion.
George Yancey , Professor; Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin. Racial and ethnic relations; religion; sociology of science.
Dale E. Yeatts , Professor; Ph.D., University of Virginia. Environmental sociology; aging/social gerontology; organizations; Chinese culture/society; self-managed work teams.
Milan Zafirovski , Professor; Ph.D., Florida International University. Stratification/mobility; theory; economy and society.
Elizabeth M. Esterchild (Almquist) , Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., University of Kansas. Sex and gender; stratification/mobility.
Susan Brown Eve , Professor; Ph.D., University of North Carolina. Aging/social gerontology; medical sociology; quantitative methodology.
Jessica Gullion , Assistant Professor; Ph.D., Texas Woman's University. Medical sociology; environmental sociology; social representations of health threats.
Stanley R. Ingman , Professor; Ph.D., University of Pittsburgh. Gerontology; sociology of health; health care services for the aged.
Celia Lo , Professor; Ph.D., University of Alabama. Alcohol and drugs; disparities in health-risk behaviors and health; drugs and crime; criminology; scholarship of teaching and learning.
Mahmoud Sadri , Professor; Ph.D., New School University. Comparative sociology of religion; sociology of culture; theoretical sociology; Middle Eastern and Iranian studies; Islamic reformation.
Rudy Ray Seward , Professor Emeritus; Ph.D., Southern Illinois University. Family; quantitative methodology; social change.
James H. Swan , Professor; Ph.D., Northwestern University. Racial and ethnic relations; aging/social gerontology; disabilities.
Mark Wardell , Professor; Ph.D., University of Missouri. Theory; sociology of work and organizations.
James Williams , Professor; Ph.D., University of Georgia. Homicide; criminal justice in Russia; development of criminology theory.
Philip Yang , Professor; Ph.D., University of California- Los Angeles. Immigration; citizenship acquisition; transnationalism; Chinese immigration and immigrants; Asian Americans/immigrants; demography.