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The Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech is a premier, research-oriented program, with 30 full-time faculty members and 4 affiliated faculty. Additional sociologists are faculty members in other departments and programs in the University. Our faculty earned degrees from some of the finest doctoral programs in their fields. They have authored or edited over 60 books on such topics as workplace relations, delinquent behavior, drug use, research methods, environmental justice, social movements, Appalachian development, culture, deviance, professional ethics, gender, aging, sociology of knowledge, world systems, hip hop, household crowding, and the mass media. Departmental faculty have published nearly 650 professional articles and chapters, written over 180 technical reports related to applied sociological issues, and participated in more than 80 externally funded projects. In addition, sociology faculty have received numerous college, university, and national awards for outstanding teaching.

Our top-flight education and research focus on critical issues in the United States and the increasingly inter-connected world. A solid grounding in theory and methods constitute the core of our graduate programs. Under our broad umbrella of interests having to do with quality of life, inequality, and work and technology, students specialize in such areas as health, crime/deviance, gender, race, aging, sexuality, and culture. In addition, students may specialize in interdisciplinary Africana Studies or Women's and Gender Studies. Doctoral students establish their own programs of study, engage in their own independent research, teach their own undergraduate classes, present papers at professional meetings, and publish.

The PhD has three options: PhD in Sociology, PhD in Sociology with a Concentration in Africana Studies , and a PhD in Sociology with a Concentration in Women's and Gender Studies.
PhD students must complete 48 hours of coursework and 30 hours of research. If a student has a MS or MA in Sociology or a related discipline up to 12 hours of coursework may be transferred and counted toward the 48-hour requirement. Students are required to complete classes in classical and contemporary sociological theory and an advanced theory course in one of our interdisciplinary programs. They are also required to complete a course in research methods, two graduate-level statistics classes, a qualitative methods course, an advanced methods course, and an academic writing class.

PhD Students must also successfully pass a preliminary examination. The examination is to be taken after the student has completed approximately 45 hours of coursework. The preliminary exam is comprehensive in nature and tests a student's ability to integrate, synthesize, and apply sociological concepts in one area of concentration selected by the student. The exam may also test any aspect of theoretical sociology or research methodology. The student should meet with his or her exam area committee prior to preparing for the exam to discuss the exam and evaluation procedures.

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College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences

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Okul ücreti
USD $13,807 for 9 or more credit hours

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Başlangıç tarihi

24 Ağustos 2020


Virginia Tech

925 Prices Fork Road,



24061, United States

Giriş koşulları

Türkiye gelen öğrenciler için

Regular Admission to a graduate degree is open to an applicant whose grade point average (GPA) meets or exceeds the 3.00 required by the Graduate School for the last half of the credits earned for the undergraduate (bachelors) degree, and whose academic background meets the requirements of the admitting academic unit. A graduate degree, or at least 12 credits of graduate coursework taken post-baccalaureate, while in graduate status, will supersede the undergraduate record in evaluating credentials for admission. International English Language Testing System (IELTS): A minimum TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test (PBT) or 90 on the internet-based test (iBT) is required for consideration of the application. A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Uluslararası öğrenciler için

A Bachelor's degree or a master's degree from an accredited institution

A "B" overall grade point average (3.0 on a 4 point system) in all Sociology courses previously taken

Minimum GPA: 3.25

Testing Requirements:

TOEFL Paper 550.0

Computer 213.0

iBT 80.0


General Test

Verbal : 153.0
Quantitative : 146.0
Analytical : 5.0

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required for admission.

Application Deadlines: Fall: Aug 01.

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Üniversite hakkında

Kurum, 1.000 hektarı aşkın bir arazi üzerinde kurulu 200’den fazla binası ile kampüs genelinde 110’ün üzerinde lisans programı sunar.

  • ABD’de üniversite araştırmalarında 46. sırada
  • Eğitim ve keşif adına yenilikçi katkılarda bulunur
  • 14:1’lik öğrenci-akademisyen oranı
  • Ana kampüs yakınında 720 hektarlık tarım araştırma sahası