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Department of Sociology

  • Gates to the Horseshoe at the University of South Carolina, Columbia.


With a rigorous curriculum, state-of-the-art research labs and opportunities to be recognized for your work, you'll find your time in our department both productive and challenging. 

Graduate Student Handbook 

Our Graduate Student Handbook [pdf] helps guide you through the department-specific requirements for your degree. It's meant to be a complement to the Graduate Studies Bulletin, not to replace it. 



We offer two graduate programs in our department. 

  • Sociology, M.A.
  • Sociology, Ph.D.

Applicants need not have an M.A. to apply for the Ph.D. program. Students accepted into the Ph.D. program without an M.A. in sociology will also work towards an M.A. during the course of their Ph.D. work. The average time to complete a Ph.D. degree is about six and a half years for students with a bachelor's degree. Students entering with an M.A. in sociology will finish in less time.


Department Awards

We recognize our graduate students annually with various awards for academic and teaching excellence.

  • The Graduate Student Teaching Award recognizes outstanding teaching and excellence in the classroom for a student who is an instructor-of-record.
  • The Graduate Student Publication Award for both sole-authored and co-authored publications.  

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