Sociology, Ph.D.

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Minimum Total Hours: 90

Program Code: D845

Program Requirements

Required Courses (18 hours)
SOC 5293Advanced Methods of Social Research3
SOC 5283Fundamentals of Sociological Statistics3
SOC 5933Sociological Theory3
SOC 62333
SOC 5313Qualitative Research Methods 13
or SOC 6243
SOC 6903Issues in Sociological Theory3
Coursework in social sciences18
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 committee30-52
Total Credit Hours90

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: