Sociology

2014-15 Tuition

$29,500

Application deadlines

Fall, Jan. 15

Requirements summary

  • all Graduate School Requirements, including the TOEFL Exam for Non-Native English Applicants
  • two recommendations
  • GRE general test
  • writing sample

Degrees

  • M.A.
  • Ph.D.

Subjects

  • Sociology (M.A., Ph.D.)

Major concentrations

  • economy and society
  • gender and life course
  • organizations
  • political sociology/social movements
  • racial and ethnic relations
  • social networks
  • social psychology
  • social stratification

Minor concentrations

  • methodology
  • policy analysis

Master's degree candidates major in general sociology. Students in either degree program are expected to prepare themselves to undertake research both through formal course work and through apprenticeships in the ongoing research activities of the faculty.

Ph.D. degree candidates may register in general sociology initially but must select one of the eight areas of concentration before taking the Admission to Candidacy examination. Candidates also choose two minors from sociology or related fields. Students normally take a sequence of core courses in theory and methods but may substitute a general examination in these subjects.

Ph.D. students in full-time residence are normally expected to earn the Ph.D. degree within four years. The written and oral Admission to Candidacy examination is usually taken early in the third year, followed by the dissertation and oral defense. One year of directed teaching experience at Cornell is required unless the student is specifically exempted.

Application:
Applicants are required to submit GRE general test scores. A field brochure is available on request from the graduate field office.

Steven Alvarado -- Concentrations: social stratification; methodology; Research interests:
Mabel Berezin -- Concentrations: political sociology/social movements; economy and society; Research interests: culture; qualitative methods; comparative/historical sociology; theory; economy and society; political sociology
Kendra Bischoff -- Concentrations: political sociology/social movements; social stratification; Research interests:
Francine Blau -- Concentrations: economy and society; gender and life course; Research interests: labor economics; economics of gender; demographic economics
Matthew Brashears -- Concentrations: political sociology/social movements; social networks; social psychology; gender and life course; Research interests: social psychology; political sociology; social networks
M. Diane Burton -- Concentrations: organizations; social stratification; methodology; Research interests: organizations
Benjamin Cornwell -- Concentrations: social stratification; economy and society; social networks; Research interests: social networks; social stratification; economy and society
Erin Cornwell -- Concentrations: social stratification; social networks; Research interests: urban sociology; sociology of law; health, aging, and social inequality
Rachel Dunifon -- Concentrations: Research interests: policy analysis; gender and life
Elias Friedman -- Concentrations: political sociology/social movements; Research interests:
Matthew Hall -- Concentrations: racial and ethnic relations; Research interests:
Anna Haskins -- Concentrations: social stratification; racial and ethnic relations; Research interests:
Douglas Heckathorn -- Concentrations: social networks; social psychology; Research interests: formal theory; collective action/social dilemmas; organizational behavior
Jon Kleinberg -- Concentrations: methodology; social networks; Research interests: link analysis and modeling of large-scale information networks; discrete optimization and network algorithms; and algorithmic approaches to clustering, indexing, and data mining
Edward Lawler -- Concentrations: organizations; social psychology; Research interests: social psychology; organizations
Daniel Lichter -- Concentrations: social stratification; racial and ethnic relations; policy analysis; Research interests: social demography; inequality; family and children
Michael Lynch -- Concentrations: social psychology; Research interests: sociology of science; ethnomethodological studies of laboratory practices; visualization in science; the interaction between legal and scientific discourses
Michael Macy -- Concentrations: organizations; political sociology/social movements; methodology; social networks; social psychology; Research interests: computational modeling; online social networks; collective action; emergence of norms; opinion dynamics
Stephen Morgan -- Concentrations: social stratification; methodology; racial and ethnic relations; social networks; Research interests: social stratification; sociology of education; economic sociology; quantitative methodology
Kelly Musick -- Concentrations: social stratification; gender and life course; Research interests: family demography; social aspects of fertility; social stratification and inequality
Victor Nee -- Concentrations: organizations; social stratification; economy and society; racial and ethnic relations; Research interests: economy and society; racial and ethnic relations; social stratification
Karl Pillemer -- Concentrations: social networks; gender and life course; Research interests: family; life course
Trevor Pinch -- Concentrations: economy and society; Research interests: sociology of science; sociology of technology; reputation systems; sociology of sound and music
Brian Rubineau -- Concentrations: organizations; social networks; Research interests: organizations; social networks
Paromita Sanyal -- Concentrations: methodology; economy and society; gender and life course; Research interests:
Sharon Sassler -- Concentrations: social stratification; Research interests: gender and the life course; young adult transition; cohabitation; marriage
David Strang -- Concentrations: organizations; political sociology/social movements; Research interests: diffusion, imitation and learning processes; organizations; comparative political structures; event history methods
Richard Swedberg -- Concentrations: economy and society; Research interests: economic sociology
Laura Tach -- Concentrations: social stratification; methodology; Research interests:
Pamela Tolbert -- Concentrations: organizations; political sociology/social movements; social stratification; Research interests: organizations; economy and society; policy analysis
Maureen Waller -- Concentrations: social stratification; methodology; policy analysis; Research interests: poverty and inequality; social policy; family; qualitative and mixed methods
Kim Weeden -- Concentrations: social stratification; economy and society; gender and life course; Research interests: social stratification and inequality; gender inequality; labor markets; social demography; gender and life course; economy and society
Elaine Wethington -- Concentrations: social networks; gender and life course; Research interests: gender, and the life course; sociology of health and illness; sociology of aging

Learning Outcomes for the Graduate Field of Sociology

Goals

When students complete the Ph.D. in sociology, they should be able to

  1.  Conduct original, publishable research.
  2. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of theory and research in two sub-fields within the discipline.
  3. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge at the research frontier of one area of specialization.
  4. Write and speak effectively to professional and general audiences about issues in the field.
  5. Teach effectively: design a course, grade and comment on student work, lead discussion and lecture.

Indicators

Progress Milestones (calculated as percentages completing within relevant time frames, i.e., % completing by end of 2nd year of residence, 3rd year of residence, …)

  • Time to completion of 2 area exams
  • Time to completion of qualifying paper
  • Time to completion of A exam including dissertation prospectus
  • Completion of B exam

Placement

Post-graduation placement: tenure track appointment, post-doctoral appointment, other research/teaching appointment

Scholarly achievements

  • External fellowships and grants
  • Internal fellowships and grants