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Africana Studies Concentration

Ph.D. in Sociology

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Campus:  Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus, Instructions: Residential/On Campus

Concentration Overview

The Department of Sociology is home to Africana Studies, an interdisciplinary program with faculty expertise in race and social policy, Black Feminisms, ethnic health disparities, racial identification, Hip-Hop music, African-American and multi-racial social movements, mass incarceration, criminal justice, race and racism, race and sport, and food studies. Students completing the PhD in Sociology have the opportunity to complete a concentration in Africana Studies alongside their doctoral degree. Students who pursue this concentration will learn to critically assess the present cultural forces, structural forces, and historical conditions affecting the economic, legal, educational, social, and moral status of people African descent. 


Why choose this program?

  • We support the research of scholar-activists, who connect with communities in need and provide research that can help them to shape policies and solve problems.
  • The research and scholarly interests of our faculty cross a wide range of disciplinary boundaries.
  • Best fit for students interested in full-time graduate study on the campus of Virginia’s largest research university. 
  • The graduate program in Sociology at Virginia Tech prepares students to be productive and publicly-engaged scholars, advancing research. 
  • Our doctoral graduates have gone on to become professors of sociology and related fields in universities around the world, and to direct and coordinate social research in such organizations as the U.S. Census, the Mt. Sinai medical school, the University of Virginia’s Cancer Center, the California’s Department of Social Services.
  • All of our classes are taught in small seminars and offer personal interaction with faculty and peers. 

What You'll Study

You will complete 48 hours of coursework and 30 hours of research. 

Students work with a large, interdisciplinary faculty that includes about 30 tenure-track professors with PhDs in Sociology, Anthropology, English, History, and Foreign Languages. Students can also study with professors and instructors from other departments on campus who are affiliated with our department.

  • A master's degree with minimum GPA 3.25 (4 Scale)
  • Overall GPA 3.0 (4 Scale) in all Sociology Courses
  • GRE Required 
  • TOEFL /IELTS Required  (If Applicable)

Learn more 

The Department of Sociology has a limited number of graduate assistantships and fellowships available for students applying for full time study on the Blacksburg campus. Entering students can apply for such funding as part of their admissions application.  No separate application required.

Find out what loans are available as a graduate student and other opportunities.

Domestic Application

  • *Fall: April 15

International Application

  • *Fall: April 1

*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding: January 15

Ellington Graves, Director of Africana Studies
562 McBryde Hall

Sarah Ovink, Director of Graduate Studies
675A McBryde Hall

Micah Roos, Director of Graduate Studies
656 McBryde Hall

Sam Schaller, Graduate Coordinator
560 McBryde Hall


Ellington Graves, Director of Africana Studies
562 McBryde Hall

Shannon Bell, Director of Graduate Studies 
Sociology Department
674 McBryde Hall

Faculty Experts In Africana Studies

Sociology Faculty 

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