Sociology, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D845

Program Requirements

Required Courses (20 hours)
SOC 5283Fundamentals of Sociological Statistics3
SOC 5293Advanced Methods of Social Research3
SOC 5483Advanced Regression Analysis3
SOC 5683Categorical, Panel, and Advanced Statistical Analyses3
SOC 5821Professionalization Seminar1
SOC 5831Teaching Seminar1
SOC 5933Sociological Theory3
SOC 6903Issues in Sociological Theory3
Dissertation Research (2 hour minimum, 24 hour maximum)
SOC 6980Research for Doctoral Dissertation2-24
Additional Coursework
Additional graduate credit hours as needed to reach 90 post-baccalaureate hours, with approval by doctoral advisory committee 146-68
Total Credit Hours90

Minimum of 46 hours, at least 33 hours must be housed in the Department of Sociology at the 5000-level or above. 12 hours of electives may be Directed Readings (5960), cross-listed courses housed outside the department, or other courses outside the department.

A maximum of 34 credit hours may be transferred from other universities with the permission of a student’s advisory committee and the dean of the Graduate College.

General Requirements for Doctoral Degrees

A student should expect to spend at least the equivalent of three full academic years beyond the bachelor’s degree to obtain the doctoral degree. During this period the student will take appropriate graduate coursework, successfully complete the general examination, and successfully defend and submit the final dissertation.

All coursework applied to the doctoral degree must carry graduate credit.

The doctoral degree requires at least 90 post-baccalaureate hours, including both formal coursework and hours of research.

The minimum hour requirement for a specific doctoral degree program cannot be waived.

No more than one-half of the credit hours, both OU and overall, excluding Research for Doctoral Dissertation (6980), may be S/U-graded coursework.

The student must be in residence at OU for at least two consecutive 16-week semesters during the pursuit of the doctoral degree while enrolled and engaged in coursework or research activities as prescribed by the major academic unit.

For more detailed regulations and requirements for Doctoral degrees, please consult the Graduate College Bulletin: