The Department of Sociology provides a unique opportunity to work with a strong group of active research scholars in the following areas: sociology of family and demography, social inequailty (race, class, gender), mental and physical health, survey and quantitative methodologies including social networks.  We also have a faculty with strong records in religion, social psychology, social networks, crime and deviance.

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; and excellent computer facilities. We have several fellowships and summer funding opportunities.

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 including teaching and publishing. We encourage students to publish on their own or with faculty before finishing their degree. We have a strong track record of our Ph.D. graduates  obtaining employment in academic and non-academic (applied) settings.

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. Seven 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).

Major Areas: A major area of study entails subjects within sociology where many of the faculty members in UNL's sociology department concentrate their research in tthe area.  Graduate classes are offered on a routine basis (at least one and often two a year).  The major areas of study include:

Minor Areas: A minor area of study entails subjects within sociology where at least one faculty member in UNL's sociology department concentrates their research in the area.  Graduate classes are offered in these areas on a routine basis (about once a year or every other year).  Although, classes in these areas are offered less frequently - students often integrate their own interests into core areas of coresewoork (e.g., write a paper on gender and crime or mental health and religion).

  • Criminology
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociological Theory
  • Social Networks

Interdisciplinary Program Specializations: The University of Nebraska-Lincoln offers many specializations  ( i.e., degree minors) that can accompany a Sociology MA or PhD degree. The specialization will appear on your official transcript listed with your major area of study (i.e., sociology). Specialization programs will connect graduate students to faculty outside of the UNL sociology department. Students who wish to earn a specialization apply  to these programs after they have been admitted to the sociology graduate program at UNL. Many of UNL’s sociology graduate students apply to the following interdisciplinary programs:

The department offers especially strong programs in the sociology of the family; social inequalities; race, ethnicity, class and gender; and sociology of health/mental health. Biweekly student-faculty study groups meet to consider issues and discuss research in these areas. Graduate students in the department also obtain significant teaching experience and participate in a formal seminar on college teaching issues.


Graduate Progam Guidelines

The guide describes the procedures of the Graduate Program in the Department of Sociology. These Guidelines supplement the requirements published in the Graduate Studies Bulletin of the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Although some sections of the Bulletin are reproduced here for easy reference, students are advised to study the requirements set forth in that document as well as the Sociology Guidelines. Keep in mind that the final responsibility for following all policies and meeting all requirements and deadlines for graduate programs rests with the student.

Students are subject to the Guidelines in force at the time they begin course work. Procedures may be changed or modified during the year. Consequently, careful attention should be given to the minutes of the faculty meetings and other departmental memos as they are circulated. If the Guidelines change during their program, students may elect to follow subsequent revisions or modifications of the Guidelines.

2013-2014 Guide to the Sociology Graduate Program