Graduate Study in Sociology at the University of Illinois

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Graduate study in the Department of Sociology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign prepares students for the degree of doctor of philosophy. Our graduates gain skills and expertise that enable them to excel in a variety of different lines of work, including as faculty at research universities and liberal arts colleges and as researchers in public policy, government, and private industry.

Our faculty are accomplished scholars who are committed teachers and researchers with notable strengths in the areas of

  • Population, Health and the Life Course
  • Race, Class and Gender
  • Transnational Studies

Our department is a vital intellectual community. It continues to grow, with five new faculty joining us in the last three years: Keera Allendorf, Asaf Bayat, Cynthia Buckley, Monica McDermott and Rebecca Sandefur. One of the premier methods journals in sociology, Sociological Methodology, is edited here in the department by Professor Tim Liao.

Our department reaches out across the university, with connections to the Asian American Studies Program, the Latino/Latina Studies Program, the Gender and Women Studies Program, the Department of History, the College of Law, the Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory, theCenter for African Studies, the Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies, the Center for Global Studies, and the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center.

Our students come from diverse personal and educational backgrounds and, like our faculty, from around the world. As part of our individualized approach to guiding students to become producers of knowledge, PhD students engage in lively discussion and debate with faculty and peers in small seminars where they engage critically with cutting-edge scholarship.

Most of our incoming PhD students receive a funding package of full tuition plus a stipend for living expenses for at least four years, contingent upon making satisfactory progress in the program. Funding is usually provided through fellowships, teaching assistantships, or research assistantships.

Advanced students are also given opportunities to teach their own courses.

We support our graduate students’ professional development in many ways. The department provides a series of workshops for students to support key professional activities: seeking outside grants, publishing scholarly research, developing skills in teaching, and navigating the job market. The department also has a professional development fund to assist with expenses such as those of attending academic conferences.

For general inquires about the program, please contact Shari Day.

Interested in joining us? Apply here.