The Graduate Program offers comprehensive training in sociological theory, research methodology and statistics. In the Department, the Master of Arts (M.A.) program serves primarily as the first graduate degree for students seeking academic careers and high level social science positions in the public, non-profit, and private sectors. Such students usually undertake a course of study that leads to the Ph.D. degree. Students seeking careers in middle level social science positions in the government, non-profit,or private sectors may pursue the M.A. program as a terminal degree. At the Ph.D. level, there are three areas of academic concentration: I. Social Inequality, II. Criminology, and III. Medical Sociology. Other areas of growing strength include Climate and Environmental Justice and Urban Sociology.

Graduate students in the program gain from the resources of both the Department and Washington, DC. The assets available in the nation's capital to enhance graduate students' education in Sociology are unrivaled. Graduate students benefit from working with professors in their ongoing research and other professional activities that often involve the federal agencies and some of the nation's most prominent nongovernmental organizations and think tanks as well as engaging community-based organizations.

Members of the faculty, students, and administrative staff seek to create an atmosphere of collegiality, both in and out of the classroom. Students are expected to present papers at professional meetings, submit grant proposals, submit authored and coauthored manuscripts for publication, and to work with faculty on research and engagement projects.

The graduate program reflects the historical context and today's globalized world by examining the macrostructures and their influence on social institutions and everyday realities. A major focus of the program is the application of this analysis to issues of social inequality, race, and gender and to African Americans in particular.

Marie Jipguep-Akhtar, PhD
Associate Professor
Douglass Hall, Rm B-23C