Department of Sociology
539 Cabell Hall
University of Virginia
P.O. Box 400766
Charlottesville, VA. 22904-4766
Graduate Program Students are expected to complete requirements
for the M.A. degree before beginning course work toward the Ph.D. For those
entering with advanced graduate standing, the department may require additional
course work to make up deficiencies.
Master of Arts A master's thesis is required to demonstrate the student's ability to complete a sustained scholarly project in a professional way. Prior to the completion of coursework, each student will have a Thesis Committee of not less than two faculty members. In consultation with the Thesis Committee, students will write a research paper, developed from an already completed seminar paper or another piece of independent research, with the aim of produjcing a publishable article. The final version should be presented to the committee in the format of a journal article. (See ASR, AJS, Social Forces, Sociological Theory, or other scholarly journals for examples of this format. Publishable papers are generally 25-40 pages in length, including the bibliography.) By the end of the fourth semester in the master's program, the thesis will be submitted to the Thesis Committee for approval. The student will then present their thesis to faculty and graduate students at a Master's Colloquium usually held at the end of the Spring term.
A more detailed statement of the requirements for the M.A. and Ph.D. is available on the department website: http://www.virginia.edu/sociology/home/html.
SOC 503 - (3) (Y)
Classical Sociological Theory
A seminar focusing on the writings of Marx, Weber, Durkheim
and other social theorists. Open to students in related disciplines.
SOC 506 - (3) (Y)
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Considers the nature and purpose of sociological theory. Includes
a survey of the most important contemporary theories and theorists.
SOC 507 - (3) (IR)
Max Weber: Theoretical Considerations
A critical examination of Webers
writings and his influence on social science.
SOC 510 - (3) (Y)
Research Design and Methods
Studies the steps necessary to design a research project, including
searching the literature, formulating the problem, deriving propositions, operationalizing
concepts, constructing explanations, and testing hypotheses.
SOC 511 - (3) (Y)
Survey Research Methods
Prerequisite: SOC 312 or graduate standing,
six credits of sociology or health evaluation sciences, or instructor permission.
Covers the theory and practice of survey research. Topics include surveys as
a scientific method; applied sampling of survey populations; the construction,
testing, and improvement of survey instruments; interviewer training; the organization
of field work; coding and data quality control; data analysis; and the preparation
of survey reports.
SOC 512 - (3) (Y)
Studies the social science applications of analysis of variance,
correlation, and regression; and consideration of causal models.
SOC 514 - (3) (E)
Qualitative Research Methods
Studies the procedures and techniques of documentary analysis,
historical sociology, detached and participant observation, sociological experimentation,
and action research.
SOC 542 - (3) (Y)
Prerequisite: SOC 503, SOC 711 or their equivalent,
and instructor permission.
Studies the distribution of rewards and punishments
and the resulting social inequalities in cross-cultural and historical perspective.
Analyzes negative liabilities such as arrest, imprisonment, unemployment, and
stigmatization, and positive assets such as education, occupation, income, and
honor. Draws on the literature of both stratification and deviance/criminology.
Focuses on the distributive aspects of power and the resulting social formations
such as classes, and status groups.
SOC 556 - (3) (Y)
Sociology of Culture
Examines the most recent theoretical and methodological developments
in the sociology of culture. Examines the influence of structuralism, phenomenology,
critical theory, and cultural anthropology on contemporary sociological theory
and practice. Considers the ways cultural analysis can be applied to a variety
of pressing empirical problems.
SOC 559 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of Science
Prerequisite: SOC 512 or instructor permission.
Topics include science
as a major institution in modern society; interrelations of science and society;
social organization of science; the scientific
career (socialization and professionalization); status, roles, and characteristics
of science; science policy studies as an emerging discipline; and technological
SOC 562 - (3) (SI)
International study of population structures, emphasizing comparison
of developed and developing societies, and the way in which differing rates
of population growth effect the patterns of social and economic change in these
SOC 595, 596 - (3) (Y)
Special Topics in Sociology
Topics are announced and vary each semester.
SOC 738 - (3) (IR)
India and South Asia
Analyzes the key structural features of South Asian societies
from a sociological perspective. Focuses on the caste system and its relationship
to various religions of South Asia.
SOC 773 - (3) (IR)
Computers and Society
Studies the impact of electronic data processing
technologies on social structure and the social constraints on the development
of these technologies. Reviews how computers are changingand failing to
changefundamental institutions. Aims to understand computers in the context
of societal needs, organizational imperatives, and human values.
SOC 780 - (3) (IR)
Analyzes the social change of entire societies and cultures
with a focus on contemporary America. Includes an introduction to the classical
theories of Marx and Weber, their relationship to contemporary critiques of
the U.S., study of selected social movements, and an analysis of the theoretical
roots and practical consequences of recent strategies of change.
SOC 801, 802 - (3) (SI)
Issues in Social Theory
SOC 803 - (3) (S)
Studies contemporary issues effecting sociology as a science,
as an academic discipline, and as a profession. Frequent guest lecturers.
SOC 811 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Multivariate Analysis-Discrete Outcomes
Prerequisite: SOC 512 or instructor permission.
for cross-classified categorical data in social science. Includes logistic regression,
log-linear models, latent class
models, and event history analysis. Features discussion of published sociological
applications. A major paper involving original research design and/or data analysis
SOC 813 - (3) (SI)
Advanced Multivariate Analysis-Continuous Outcomes
Prerequisite: SOC 512 or instructor permission.
techniques for continuous variables. Includes matrix algebra, error diagnostics,
complex causal models, latent variables
(LISREL) models, time-series, and panel-data analysis. Features discussion
of published sociological applications. A major paper involving original research
design and/or data analysis is required.
SOC 822 - (3) (IR)
Teaching of Sociology
SOC 823 - (3) (IR)
Deviance and Social Control
Examines a variety of deviant behaviors in American society
and sociological theories explaining societal reactions and attempts at social
control. Focuses on enduring conditions such as drug addiction, alcoholism,
mental illness, emphasizing historical social change as a function of contemporary
ideology and larger societal issues.
SOC 831, 832, 841, 842, 862, 872, 881, 882 - (3) (Y)
Selected Topics in Sociology
Advanced graduate seminars. Offerings are given in a semester
determined by faculty and student interest.
SOC 847 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of Knowledge
Studies the social foundations of knowledge, including formal
systems of knowledge to the realities of everyday life. Includes classical and
contemporary literature on the subject.
SOC 848 - (3) (IR)
SOC 851 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of Work
Studies the division of labor, occupational classification,
labor force trends, career patterns and mobility, occupational cultures and
life-styles, and the sociology of the labor market.
SOC 852 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of Religious Behavior
Classical and contemporary theories and empirical research
are examined to illuminate the changing role of religious belief and religious
institutions in the Western World. Emphasizes the methodological problems of
SOC 853 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of Education
Analyzes education as a social institution and its relationship
to other institutions, e.g., the economy, the stratification system, the family.
Emphasizes the role of education in the status attainment process.
SOC 854 - (3) (IR)
Studies the relationships between social structure and political
institutions. Discusses competing theories on power structures, political participation,
ideology, party affiliation, voting behavior, and social movements in the context
of recent research on national and local politics in the United States.
SOC 857 - (3) (IR)
Family Research Seminar
Studies the relationship between family and society as expressed
in policy and law. Looks at the effects of formal policy on the structure of,
and interactions within, families. Examines changes in the American family system
in response to laws, policies, and social issues.
SOC 859 - (3) (IR)
Examines how people express and handle grievances. Analyzes
the social conditions associated with self-help, avoidance, negotiation, mediation,
adjudication, and toleration.
SOC 861 - (3) (IR)
Studies the methods, theories, and principles of demographic
analysis, with special applications to problems in the study of U.S. and international
fertility, mortality, and migration.
SOC 871 - (3) (IR)
Sociology of Organizations
Examines formal organizations in government,
industry, education, health care, religion, the arts, and voluntary associations.
topics as power and authority, communication, "informal" relations,
commitment, and alienation.
SOC 897 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Research
For masters research,
taken before a thesis director has been selected.
SOC 898 - (3-12) (S)
For masters thesis, taken under the supervision
of a thesis director.
SOC 901, 902 - (Credit to be arranged) (S)|
SOC 905, 906 - (Credit to be arranged) (SI)
SOC 997 - (3-12) (S)
Non-Topical Research, Preparation for Doctoral Research
For doctoral research, taken before a dissertation director
has been selected.
SOC 999 - (3-12) (S)
For doctoral dissertation, taken under the supervision of a