Designated Emphasis

To receive the Designated Emphasis (DE) in Sociology, a graduate student from another department must complete the following requirements in addition to the degree requirements for the doctorate in their degree-granting department.

Designated Emphasis requirements

  • A Sociology faculty advisor from the core faculty who will serve on the Qualifying Exam committee.
  • Piece of scholarly writing in the area of sociologyA seminar paper, a master’s essay, paper submitted for publication or a chapter of the doctoral dissertation.
  • Coursework (5 courses total):
    • 2 core courses
      • Socy 201: The Making of Classical Theory
      • Socy 202: Contemporary Sociological Theory
    • 1 methods course
      • Socy 203: Sociological Methods
      • Socy 204: Methods of Quantitative Analysis
      • Socy 205: Field Research Methods
      • Socy 206: Comparative Historical Analysis
      • Socy 209: The Analysis of Cultural Forms
      • Socy 241: Cross-National and Cross Cultural Research
      • Socy 242: Feminist Research Seminar
      • Socy 282: Social Policy Research
    • 2 Socy graduate seminar electives
      • Socy 208, 250, 293, 297, 299 do not count as electives

Designated Emphasis application and completion process

Students should submit the Sociology Designated Emphasis application to the Graduate Coordinator. The application will be reviewed by the Graduate Director. If accepted, the student should complete all requirements. After all requirements are completed, submit the Sociology Designated Emphasis completion form.


Contact the Graduate Program Coordinator at or by phone at 831-459-3168.