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. Required sociology courses may be taken at TWU and/or UNT.


  • 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 Courses: 16 semester hours16
Proseminar in Sociology (1 semester hour)
Classical Theory: Doctoral Level
Contemporary Theory: Doctoral Level
Intermediate Social Statistics (or Regression Analysis and Techniques)
Quantitative Methods and Design
Qualitative Methods in Sociology
Major/First Area: 12 semester hours12
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 Area: 12 semester hours12
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: 9 semester hours9
Electives must have a SOCI prefix.
Research Tools: 12 semester hours12
All 12 hours may be "double dipped" from the above required 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.
Dissertation (12 SCH)
SOCI 6983Dissertation (to be taken twice)3
SOCI 6993Dissertation (to be taken twice)3