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  UCI sociologist Jennifer Buher Kane studies how a woman’s health, education & marital status pre-pregnancy affect the birth weight of her daughters and granddaughters. [Read Story]

 

CONSIDERING A GRADUATE DEGREE IN SOCIOLOGY? Consider UCI!

Ranked #12 among all public sociology programs in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report), the UCI graduate program in sociology offers students six years of guaranteed funding. Scholars in the department have a proven record of earning competitive research funding from national agencies including the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health; from private foundations including the Russell Sage Foundation and Grant Foundation; and from campus-level fellowships, such as the Public Impact, Fletcher Jones and Chancellor’s Club fellowships.

 

QUICK FACTS

 


 
DEGREE

Ph.D.; a master's degree is earned
while in pursuit of the Ph.D.
 


 
ENROLLMENT

Full-time, on-campus with housing.
 

RANKINGS

08

best place to earn a sociology degree
- USA Today College

12

best public sociology program in the country
- U.S. News & World Report

01

university doing most for the American dream
- New York Times College Access Index

07

public university in the U.S.
- U.S. News & World Report

 

RECENT PLACEMENTS

  • Harvard University
  • Princeton University
  • University College London
  • UCLA
  • University of Chicago
  • USC
  • University of Tokyo
  • University of Washington
  • U.S. Census Bureau

SPECIALTIES

  • Education
  • Family, life course & sexualities
  • Global inequality & change
  • Labor, organizations & occupations
  • Social inequality
  • Population
  • Race/ethnicity, gender & class
  • Social movements
  • Political sociology
  • Social networks
  • Democracy
  • Immigration

 

a woman's eyes
  Sociologists [UCI alumna] Jaclyn Wong and [UCI Associate Professor of sociology] Andrew Penner collected data from more than 14,000 employees and found that there is a link between income and effort-based attractiveness. [Read Story]

 

This past year, UCI sociologists brought in more than $1 million in external grant funding. Faculty in the department publish regularly in the field’s top academic journals, and graduate students have incredible opportunities to publish alongside them.

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And if that wasn’t enough, the UCI campus is located less than 10 miles from Newport Beach, is the #1 university doing the most for the American dream (New York Times College Access Index), and the #7 ranked public university in the U.S. (U.S. News & World Report). And USA Today College ranked UCI the #8 place to earn a sociology degree.

 

WHAT MAKES THE PROGRAM UNIQUE?

 

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UCI sociology is internationally recognized for research and training that supports studies across the spectrum of quantitative, qualitative and multi-method approaches to social issues.

Sociology faculty contribute not only to the department and the wider field but also to the campus’s interdisciplinary units, providing leadership and core faculty to the institutes and centers. Students have an opportunity to earn a master’s degree while in pursuit of their Ph.D., and are encouraged to enroll in interdisciplinary coursework. In short, graduate students in sociology at UCI join a vibrant, collegial, rigorous academic program, with instruction from leading experts in the field, and a collaborative atmosphere that fosters success.

Alumni have entered tenure-track positions at top research universities, highly competitive post-doctoral positions, and research-oriented jobs in both the public and private sectors.
 

"A top 10-ranked program with research strengths
in population, family, immigration, and inequality."
 

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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT - Why UCI Sociology?

 

"The sociology department's research interests are incredibly diverse, from internationally known scholars working on quantitative and qualitative methodology to social movements, gender and race and immigration - it's because of that pluralism that you really get a full understanding of how your research can impact wider audiences than you ever thought possible," Connor says.

"Life as a graduate student at UCI is what you'd expect from being in Orange County - sunny, energizing, dynamic; the campus is always bubbling and churning with smiles and passion," Connor says. "We go to the beach, Los Angeles, San Diego, Joshua Tree National Park - we're situated in this nexus of culture and dynamism, diversity and nature and you see that in the ways in which people interact in the classroom and discussions, and also in the way that students and faculty work together."

Scholars in the department - like Connor - have a proven record of earning competitive research funding from national agencies including the National Science Foundation and National Institutes of Health; from private foundations including the Russell Sage Foundation and Grant Foundation; and from campus-level fellowships, such as the Public Impact, Fletcher Jones and Chancellor's Club fellowships.

 

FURTHER PROGRAM INFORMATION

If full funding, opportunities to publish, and a proven track record of excellence in the field are what you’re looking for in a graduate program, contact us today to learn more about UCI sociology.

 

 

DEPARTMENT CHAIR
Matt Huffman
 mhuffman@uci.edu
 949.824.6460

GRADUATE DIRECTOR
Katie Faust
 kfaust@uci.edu
 949.824.9383

GRADUATE DIRECTOR
David Smith
 dasmith@uci.edu
 949.824.7292

GRADUATE ADVISOR
John Sommerhauser
 jdsommer@uci.edu
 949.824.4074

 

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