Sociology

Graduate Degree Program Summary

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Areas of Study

These informal areas of focus may help to shape your course of study but they will not appear on transcripts.

Areas of Strength
  • Family and the Life Course
  • Social Inequality (Race, Class and Gender)
  • Mental and Physical Health
  • Survey and Quantitative Methodologies
Additional Areas of Study
  • Criminology
  • Network Theory and Methods
  • Sexuality and Culture
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Social Psychology

Online and Distance Opportunities

Some online coursework may be available for your program; contact dept. for details.

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Graduate Chair
Dr. Bridget Goosby
bgoosby2@unl.edu
402-472-3820

Campus Address
711 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0324


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Application checklist and deadlines

1. Required by Graduate Studies

Submit these items as part of the standard steps to admission.

2. Required by Sociology

After you apply, allow one business day for us to set up your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these requirements.

  • Entrance exam(s): GRE
  • Minimum English proficiency: Paper TOEFL 550, Internet TOEFL 79, IELTS 6.5
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Letter of intent
  • Writing sample

When sending GRE or TOEFL scores, UNL's institution code is 6877 and a department code is not needed.


Application Deadlines for Sociology
  • January 15 for Fall.

Application/admission is for entry in a specific term and year. UNL's academic year is divided into 3 terms: Fall (August-December), Spring (January-May), and Summer (multiple sessions May-August). Some UNL programs accept new students only in certain terms and/or years; if your desired entry term isn't mentioned here, you may want to consult the department for clarification.

Description

The Department of Sociology provides a unique opportunity to work with a strong group of active research scholars in the following areas: family and the life course; inequality (race, class and gender); physical and mental health.

UNL sociology has a strong culture of graduate student mentoring. Graduate students work with faculty in the classroom and on individual research projects. Additional research resources include: major data sets that provide students with opportunities to do independent or collaborative research; outstanding survey research and statistics training; excellent computer facilities; strong ties to the Bureau of Sociological Research (BOSR) and the Survey Research and Methods Program (SRAM); and a long history of substantial grant support from a range of federal research agencies (currently NIH, NSF, NIMH, NIDA). Graduate students also receive formal teacher training and have opportunities to obtain considerable teaching experience. Our supportive and cooperative environment helps students to fully develop as research scholars and educators.

UNL sociology promotes a sense of collegiality and community with a colloquium series (i.e., several research presentations throughout the academic year). We also strive for a diverse group of faculty and students. We have earned the national "SWS Seal of Excellence" for department climate that is welcoming to women and gender scholars, the UNL Chancellor's Commission on People of Color Department Award of Excellence, and the Chancellor's Commission on the Status of Women Award as well, for our outreach and achievement in these arenas. Eight of our faculty members teach courses affiliated with Women's and Gender Studies and the Ethnic Studies Department.

Cost of attendance

Cost differs from one student to another. For details see Tuition, Fees, and Funding or try our Cost Estimator.

Courses and More

Admitted students will choose courses from the Course Catalog, typically in: During the first half of their coursework, students will work with an advisor to create a plan of study — one of the essential Steps to Degree Completion.

Faculty and research

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Brandon Bosch

Sociology of Mass Media; Political Sociology

Jacob Cheadle

Family; Quantitative Methods; Social Network Analysis

L. Janelle (Tomni) Dance

Race & Ethnicity; Urban Education; Immigration; Ethnography

Kirk Dombrowski

Social Network Analysis; Public Health; Community-Based Participatory Research

Christina Falci

Mental Health; Social Psychology; Gender & Work; Social Network Analysis

Bridget Goosby

Mental & Physical Health; Stratification; Family; Race & Ethnicity

Dan Hoyt

Quantitative Methods; Mental Health; Crime & Deviance; FamilyGraduate Chair

Emily Kazyak

Sexuality & Culture; Social Psychology; Law

Lisa Kort-Butler

Criminology and Deviance; Mental Health; Gender

Julia McQuillan

Gender; Family; Mental Health; Quantitative Methods

Helen Moore

Inequality (Race, Class & Gender) and Education

Kristen Olson

Survey Methodology; Non-Response Error, Measurement Error, Interviewer Effects

Philip Schwadel

Religion; Stratification; Politics; Social Change

Jeffrey Smith

Social Network Analysis; Quantitative Methods; Class Inequality

Jolene Smyth

Nonresponse; Questionnaire Design; Gender; Family

Kimberly Tyler

Family; Crime & Deviance; Mental Health; Child Abuse & Neglect

David Warner

Physical & Mental Health; Family & Life Course; Quantitative Methods

Tara Warner

Class Inequality; Family & Life Course; Physical Health; Crime & Deviance

Regina Werum

Education; Stratification; Inequality

This summary page is maintained by Graduate Studies.
For additional details check out the dept./program website: Sociology.

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