The Department of Sociology and Anthropology offers four specializations in the PhD program. Each specialization offers an array of courses that train students to conduct original research in their chosen field.
The urban specialization focuses on the sociological analysis of cities, their social and spatial organization, and the populations that inhabit them. Topics of inquiry include, but are not limited to: the distinct characteristics of urban settings; residential patterns and their effects on individuals, families, and communities; socioeconomic, behavioral, and racial/ethnic trends and their consequences; the dynamics of urban neighborhoods and communities; mechanisms of social control; the growth and decline of cities; urban labor markets; and the impacts of globalization. Special emphasis is given to the analysis of urban policy. Read more
Sociology of Gender
The gender specialization explores the social and cultural construction of gender as a fundamental basis of social relations and institutions. The guiding intellectual mission for this specialization is to consider the intersections of gender, race, ethnicity, social class, age, disability, and sexuality in a transnational and historical context. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with faculty, examining gender relations in the United States and globally; as well as how ideas about gender shapes ideologies and economic, political and cultural processes. Read more
The globalization specialization is designed to advance theoretical and empirical knowledge of globalization, its underlying structures and processes, and its myriad social consequences. The specialization offers a critical and praxis-oriented approach to globalization, emphasizing political economy, transnational social movements, and grassroots responses to global inequities. Read more
Environment and Health
The Environment and Health specialization focuses on issues ranging from climate change and environmental justice to issues centering on racial and ethnic disparities in health, societal responses to mental health problems, and the relation between health problems and toxic chemicals. Following requisite coursework, students in this area can elect to take field statements in Environmental Sociology or the Sociology of Health and Illness. The specialization adopts a broadly critical approach toward social, political and cultural sources of illness and environmental crises. As such, courses address issues relating to policy and social movements (especially as they bear on conceptions of illness and health care regimes). Read more