Graduate Degree Program Summary

Graduate degrees offered


  • M.A.; Ph.D.


Areas of Strength
  • Family and Demography
  • Social Inequality (Race, Class and Gender)
  • Mental and Physical Health
  • Survey and Quantitative Methodologies
Additional Areas of Study
  • Criminology
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociological Theory
  • Social Networks
Specializations - what's a specialization?
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Contacts for Sociology

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Graduate Chair

Dr. Christine Falci

Campus Address

711 Oldfather Hall
Lincoln NE 68588-0324

Application checklist and deadlines

Required by the Office of Graduate Studies

See also: steps to admission.

Required by Sociology in GAMES

After you apply, allow one business day for us to establish your access to GAMES, where you'll complete these departmental requirements:

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

Application Deadlines for Sociology
Fall: January 15


The Department of Sociology provides a unique opportunity to work with a strong group of active research scholars in the following areas: sociology of the family; inequalities: race, ethnicity, class and gender; and health, mental health, and substance abuse.

Resources and training opportunities include: major data sets that provide students with opportunities to do independent or collaborative research; outstanding survey research and statistics and methods training; excellent computer facilities; and a department library.

Regular colloquia are scheduled to consider issues and discuss research in the department's main areas of concentration and students are encouraged to do independent and collaborative research projects. Students also obtain significant teaching experience and participate in a series of formal seminars on professional development issues.

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. In addition, we have strong ties with Environmental Studies and the Survey Research and Methodology program, and we have a long history of substantial grant support from a range of federal research agencies (currently NIH, NSF, NIMH, NIDA).

Courses and More

Students in Sociology are most likely to take courses in: See also: Course Catalog in the Graduate Bulletin.

Students will work with an advisor to create a Program of Studies or Memorandum of Courses during the first half of their coursework.

Faculty and research

Brandon Bosch
David Brinkerhoff
Family; Education
Miguel Carranza
Jacob Cheadle
Family; Statistical Methodology; Education
L. Janelle (Tomni) Dance
Sociology of Education; Race and Ethnic Studies; Inequality; International Migration; Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods
Mary Jo Deegan
Classical and Contemporary Theory; History of Sociology; Race Relations; Disability
Kirk Dombrowski
Health; Social Networks; Culture
Christina Falci
Mental Health; Social Psychology; Gender; Family and Adolescence
Graduate Chair
Bridget Goosby
Mental Health; Race and Ethnicity; Family; Poverty and Inequality
Dan Hoyt
Mental Health; Research Methods; Deviance; Family
Emily Kazyak
Sexuality; Social Psychology; Law and Society
James Kimberly
Theory; Small Groups; Social Psychology
Lisa Kort-Butler
Criminology and Deviance; Mental Health; Gender
Julia McQuillan
Quantitative Methods; Gender; Family; Health; Stratification
Helen Moore
Race, Class, and Gender Inequalities
Kristen Olson
Survey Methodology, Interviewer Effects, Nonresponse and Measurement Errors
Philip Schwadel
Religion; Politics; Social Movements; Contextual Analysis
Jack Siegman
Political Sociology; Race, Ethnicity and Minority Relations
Jeffrey Smith
Social Networks; Quantitative Methods; Stratification
Jolene Smyth
Nonresponse; Questionnaire Design; Gender; Family
Kimberly Tyler
Mental Health; Child Abuse and Neglect; Victimization; Foster and Homeless Youth; Adolescent High Risk Behaviors
David Warner
How social structures and practices create and reinforce inequality
Tara Warner
How human development, health, and well-being unfold in and are affected by, the various contexts in which individuals are embedded across the life course
Regina Werum
Education; Stratification; Inequality
Les Whitbeck
Family; Drug and Alcohol Prevention; High Risk Children and Adolescents
Lynn White
Family; Demography
Hugh Whitt
Religion; Deviance; Quantitative Methods
J. Allen Williams, Jr.
Environmental Sociology; Family; Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity Inequalities

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