Graduate Degree Program Summary

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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?


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:

Application Deadline

   Fall: January 15

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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

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Family; Education
Miguel Carranza vCard icon

Family; Statistical Methodology; Education
Sociology of Education; Race and Ethnic Studies; Inequality; International Migration; Qualitative and Ethnographic Methods
Classical and Contemporary Theory; History of Sociology; Race Relations; Disability
Kirk Dombrowski vCard icon
Health; Social Networks; Culture
Mental Health; Social Psychology; Gender; Family and Adolescence
     Graduate Chair
Mental Health; Race and Ethnicity; Family; Poverty and Inequality
Mental Health; Research Methods; Deviance; Family
Sexuality; Social Psychology; Law and Society
James Kimberly vCard icon
Theory; Small Groups; Social Psychology
Criminology and Deviance; Mental Health; Gender
Quantitative Methods; Gender; Family; Health; Stratification
Race, Class, and Gender Inequalities
Survey Methodology, Interviewer Effects, Nonresponse and Measurement Errors
Religion; Politics; Social Movements; Contextual Analysis
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Political Sociology; Race, Ethnicity and Minority Relations
Jeffrey Smith No vCard available
Social Networks; Quantitative Methods; Stratification
Nonresponse; Questionnaire Design; Gender; Family
Mental Health; Child Abuse and Neglect; Victimization; Foster and Homeless Youth; Adolescent High Risk Behaviors
How social structures and practices create and reinforce inequality
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
Education; Stratification; Inequality
Family; Drug and Alcohol Prevention; High Risk Children and Adolescents
Lynn White vCard icon
Family; Demography
Religion; Deviance; Quantitative Methods
Environmental Sociology; Family; Race, Class, Gender, and Ethnicity Inequalities

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