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Doctoral Curriculum for Students Beginning In Fall 2013 or After

Total Semester Hours: 91

Master's Hours: 30 semester hours, either taken at TWU or transferred from another accredited institution

Doctoral Program hour requirements beyond the master's degree: 61 hours

Core Sociology Courses (16 hours)

  • Proseminar in Sociology (1 semester hour)
  • Classical Theory: Doctoral Level
  • Contemporary Theory: Doctoral Level
  • Intermediate Statistics (or Multivariate Analysis)
  • Quantitative Methods and Design
  • Qualitative Methods in Sociology

 [Note: The core courses must be completed within the first 27 hours of doctoral coursework. Requests for exception must be made in writing prior to the completion of 18 semester hours and approved by the Graduate Advisor, Doctoral Advisory Committee chair, and Department Chair. Independent studies may not be counted toward the core sociology classes. Core sociology courses may be taken at TWU and/or UNT]

Major/First Area (12 semester hours with SOCI prefix, taken at TWU or UNT)

  • Students must select one of the following three areas of concentration: Global and Comparative Sociology, Social Stratification/Inequality, Sociology of Health and Illness. Independent study courses may not be counted toward this area.
Minor/Second Area (12 semester hours)
  • The 12 hours may be in sociology, another academic discipline, or a certificate program. No more than three hours of independent study may contribute to this area.
Electives (9 semester hours)
  • The electives must have an SOCI prefix.
Dissertation (12 semester hours)

Research Tools (12 semester hours)
  • All 12 hours may be "double dipped" from the above core methods/statistics courses or area methods/statistics courses.
  • Six of these 12 hours must be in one of the following areas: statistics, research methods, pedagogy, information retrieval, or foreign language, and the other six hours may be across two other areas.
Exams
  • Qualifying Exam: Given after the completion of the core courses (16 hours).
  • Major/First Area Exam: Developed and administered by the student's advisory committee.
  • Minor/Second Area Exam: Developed and administered by the student's advisory committee.

  • Prerequisites
  • If a student with a provisional admission status is required to take one or more prerequisite courses in sociological theory, social statistics, and social science research methods, the prerequisite courses do not count toward the total doctoral program hours. The prerequisites must be completed within the first 18 hours of doctoral coursework.
Transferred Hours
  • Upon approval of their advisory committee, students can transfer up to half (45 hours) of the required credit hours from accredited institutions for their Ph.D degree. Transfer normally takes place when a student files his or her degree plan upon the completion of 18 credit hours.

Doctoral Curriculum For Students Beginning Between Fall 2009 and Spring 2013

PREREQUISITE COURSES (9 hours)

(does not count toward the total doctoral program hours)
• Masters level sociological theory or equivalent
• Masters level social statistics or equivalent
• Masters level social science research methods and design or equivalent

[Note: The prerequisite courses do not count on the degree plan and may be taken during the master’s program or as a doctoral student with provisional admission. The prerequisites must be completed within the first 18 hours of doctoral coursework.)

CORE SOCIOLOGY COURSES (16 hours)

• Proseminar in Sociology (1 semester hour)
• Doctoral Level Classical Theory
• Doctoral level Contemporary Theory
• Intermediate Level Statistics (Survey Research Methods or Multivariate Analysis)
• Advanced Social Statistics
• Qualitative Methods in Sociology

(Qualifying Exam:Taken at the completion of core coursework.)

[Note: The core courses must be completed within first 25 hours of doctoral coursework. Requests for exception must be made in writing prior to the completion of 18 hours and approved by the Department Graduate Advisor, Doctoral Advisory Committee Chair, and Department Chair. Independent study courses cannot count toward the core sociology classes.]
* These classes can be taken at TWU and/or UNT.

FIRST AREA (18 semester hours with SOCI prefix, taken at TWU or UNT)

[Note: No more than 3 hours of independent study may contribute to this area]

SECOND AREA (15 Semester hours)

(May be in sociology, another academic discipline, or a certificate program) (15 hours)

• 3 hours in second area must be in methods or statistics appropriate to the discipline
• 12 hours in second area substantive courses

[Note: No more than 3 hours of independent study may contribute to this area]

• Must take a minimum of 12 hours, with consecutive long-semester enrollment

Total doctoral program hour requirements beyond the master’s degree:70 hours

TOOLS (12 SEMESTER HOURS)

• Up to 3 hours may be ‘double-dipped” from above core methods/stats courses
• If second area is not in sociology, 3 hours from the second area discipline should contribute as a “tool” appropriate to the discipline
• Could include Teaching Sociology and similar courses

EXAMS

COMPREHENSIVE EXAM: Gven after the completion of the core courses (16 hours)
FIRST AREA EXAM: Developed and administered by the student's advisory committee.
SECOND AREA EXAM: Developed and administered by the student's advisory committee.


 Doctoral Curriculum For Students Beginning Prior to Fall 2009

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