Graduate Program.

Welcome! Thank you for your interest in the doctoral program in sociology at the University of California, Riverside. Training graduate students for successful careers as scholars and teachers of sociology is a core part of the Department of Sociology’s mission.

Admitted students take required courses in sociological theory and methods (both qualitative and quantitative), as well as in any two of the department’s seven areas of specialization:

  1. Criminology & Socio-Legal Studies
  2. Gender Studies
  3. Medical Sociology
  4. Organizations & Institutions
  5. Political Economy & Global Social Change
  6. Race & Class Inequality
  7. Social Psychology.

Students normally complete the core program in theory and methods during the first year of study, finish all requirements for the MA by the end of the second year, and pass their qualifying exams in two areas of specialization and commence work on the doctoral dissertation by the end of their fourth year. Students are encouraged to present papers at professional conferences and publish scholarly articles both independently and with faculty.

Graduate students typically work as teaching assistants for one or more quarters during their time in the program. They also work as instructors, either during summer session or the normal academic year, in the later stages of the program.

Current Faculty Research Projects involving graduate students.


Recent Papers published by graduate students and/or conference presentations by graduate students.