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2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog 
  Jun 18, 2024
2016-2017 Graduate & Professional Studies Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Sociology

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The Department of Sociology offers the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy. However, a terminal Master’s degree is infrequently awarded, as students awarded Master’s Degrees usually continue in the Department to receive PhD Degrees.

The faculty conduct research and offer courses within two broadly defined areas: 1) social movements and 2) politics and culture. Within each of these areas, graduate students are able to pursue a variety of theoretical, substantive, and methodological interests.

For descriptions of these areas, see:

Politics and Culture
Social Movements

Graduate students are encouraged to combine their work in sociology with multidisciplinary study in a particular area by enrolling in any of the following certificate programs: African Studies, Asian Studies, European Studies, Global Studies, Latin American Studies , Russian and Eastern European Studies , Cultural Studies, or Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies.

Contact Information

Department Chair: Suzanne Staggenborg
Main Office: 2406 Posvar Hall
Fax: 412-648-2799

Additional information concerning the department’s graduate program may be obtained from the University of Pittsburgh, Department of Sociology, Graduate Administrator, 2404 WWPH, Pittsburgh, PA 15260. Phone: 412-648-7585. E-mail:


Qualified students from any discipline are considered for admission. Qualifications include preparation for graduate-level work in sociological theory and both qualitative and quantitative research methods, including a required course in social science applications of multivariable regression models. Applicants must submit to the departmental director of graduate studies transcripts of all college-level work, three letters of recommendation, a career statement, a brief writing sample, and scores on the verbal, quantitative, and analytical sections of the Graduate Record Examination. International applicants are also required to submit TOEFL scores, unless they hold an undergraduate or graduate degree from an accredited U.S. college or university. All applications and application fees must be submitted on-line. Applications are accepted for fall term admission until March 15. To be considered for financial awards, applications must be completed by January 15. The department admits students only for the fall term.

Financial Assistance

Teaching assistantships and fellowships, Andrew W. Mellon Predoctoral Fellowships, Foreign Language and Area Studies Fellowships (administered by the University Center for International Studies), Provost Development Fellowships, and graduate student research assistantships are available.






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