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The PhD program is designed to attract students who wish to develop a broad base of sociological knowledge, such as would equip students to embark on academic careers in leading institutions of higher education. The PhD program boasts a wide array of curricular strengths and diverse methodological offerings, all of which draw upon the department’s emphasis on the study of social inequalities along lines of race, class, and gender. Faculty expertise ranges widely from domestic U.S. concerns to issues that affect groups, regions, and societies on a global scale.
The Ph.D. program is organized around four key areas of concentration.
In addition to the graduate courses offered in the areas of concentration, the program provides a strong foundation in both theory (classical and contemporary) and methods (quantitative and qualitative). Reflecting the program’s distinctive emphasis on social inequalities, students are required to select a core elective in this field. As students complete their core requirements, they also work closely with individual faculty members to advance their work within one of the department’s standing areas of concentration. Students also have the right to petition to construct their own areas of concentration (pending departmental approval), and have completed area examinations in a host of subfields. Among these are: environmental justice, political economy of global capitalism, theoretical criminology, feminist theory, political sociology, social psychology, sociology of violence and immigration, among many others. Learn more about the PhD program>>
All currently enrolled Northeastern CSSH graduate students can opt to complete any graduate certificate while concurrently enrolled in a degree program. Masters and doctoral students seeking a graduate certificate must (1) apply and be admitted to the certificate program and (2) must complete the course requirements of the certificate prior to meeting coursework requirements for the primary degree program. Certificate coursework cannot extend beyond the point in time when degree requirements are met.
Learn more about CSSH Certificate Programs: https://cssh.northeastern.edu/graduate/programs/certificate-programs
Graduate Director: Associate Professor Liza Weinstein, 617.373.2686