Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology

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Total Semester Credit Hours Required

91 semester credit hours, including up to 30 semester credit hours from Master's degree (either taken at TWU or transferred from another accredited institution, and approved by department.)

Required Sociology Courses

16 semester credit hours. The required sociology courses must be completed within the first 27 hours of doctoral coursework. Requests for exception must be made in writing prior to the completion of 18 semester hours and approved by the Graduate Advisor, Doctoral Advisory Committee chair, and Department Chair. Independent studies may not be counted toward the required sociology classes. Required sociology courses may be taken at TWU and/or UNT.


  • Qualifying Exam: Given after the completion of the required courses (16 hours).
  • Major/First Area Exam: Developed and administered by the student's advisory committee.
  • Minor/Second Area Exam: Developed and administered by the student's advisory committee.

Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology Program of Study (91 semester credit hours)

Master's degree (up to 30 semester credit hours, with committee approval)30
Required Courses16
Proseminar in Sociology (1 semester hour)
Classical Theory: Doctoral Level
Contemporary Theory: Doctoral Level
Intermediate Statistics (or Multivariate Analysis)
Quantitative Methods and Design
Qualitative Methods in Sociology
Major/First Area12
Students must select one of the following three areas of concentration: Global and Comparative Sociology, Social Stratification/Inequality, Sociology of Health and Illness. Independent study courses may not be counted toward this area.
Minor/Second Area12
May be in sociology, another academic discipline, or a certificate program. No more than three hours of independent study may contribute to this area.
Electives must have a SOCI prefix.
Research Tools12
All 12 hours may be "double dipped" from the above required methods/statistics courses or area methods/statistics courses.
Six of these 12 hours must be in one of the following areas: statistics, research methods, pedagogy, information retrieval, or foreign language, and the other six hours may be across two other areas.
Dissertaion (12 SCH)
SOCI 6983Dissertation (to be taken twice)6
SOCI 6993Dissertation (to be taken twice)6