Doctoral and master’s degree students in Sociology benefit from advanced training in research design and methods, as well as such areas as inequalities of gender, race, age, class, and sexuality; crime; culture; global political economy; and health.

60 Hours of Coursework for PhD
Qualifying exams in two areas, chosen from fifteen specialties
2:1 Student-to-Faculty ratio
intensive research opportunities
Our Doctoral Program in Sociology

Areas of high expertise include: criminology (e.g., studies of radicalization on the internet and bullying in high schools), inequality: (interdisciplinary programs in Africana studies, American Indian studies, and women’s & gender studies), health (focus on racial disparities and mental health).

Why Study Sociology Here?

In addition to providing students an interdisciplinary environment, 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.

Faculty Research Interests

- Crime

- Deviance

- Social Media

- Drugs

- Social Policy


- Environment

- Indigenous Politics

- Social Movements

- Violence


- Sexual violence

- Social psychology

- Mental health

- Identity


- Production of Culture

- Aging

- Recovery from Violence


- Gender

- Environments

- Social Movements

- Climate Change Science and Public Debate


- Gender

- Higher education

- Immigration

- Race

- Latino Sociology


- Education

- Race

- Juvenile Justice

- Violence


Sociology Research Highlights

As one example of research in our department involving collaborations between faculty and doctoral students, consider our laboratory for the study of youth, inequality, and justice investigates disparities, their consequences, and policies that can aid underserved and underrepresented youth.

Anthony A. Peguero, Jennifer M. Bondy, and Jun Sung Hong. 2017. “Social Bonds Across Immigrant Generations: Bonding to School and Examining the Relevance of Assimilation.” Youth & Society, 49 (6): 733-754.

Laura E. Agnich, Lindsay L. Kahle, Anthony A. Peguero, Jennifer L. Murphy, Olivia Foroughi, and Jennifer N. Nester. 2017. “Does Breaking Gender Stereotypes Contribute to Victimization at School?” Criminal Justice Studies, 30(3): 257–275.

Xin Jiang and Anthony A. Peguero. 2017. “Immigrant Generations and Delinquency: Assessing the Relative Effects of Family, School, and Delinquent Peers.” Race and Justice, 7(3): 199–225.

Jennifer M., Bondy, Anthony A. Peguero, and Brent E. Johnson. 2017. “The Children of Immigrants’ Academic Self-Efficacy: The Significance of Gender, Race, Ethnicity, and Segmented Assimilation.” Education and Urban Society, 49(5): 486–517.

Related Programs

Students interested in applying to the Sociology (Ph.D.) degree should contact the program director, Neal King, by email at or by phone at 540-231-8174.

Visit our office at 560 McBryde Hall, 225 Stanger Street, Blacksburg, VA 24061

Domestic Application

*Fall: August 1

International Application

*Fall: April 1

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


Contact Us

Neal King

Director of Graduate Studies
642 McBryde Hall

Tish Glosh

Graduate Coordinator
560 McBryde Hall

Department of Sociology
560 McBryde Hall (0137)
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061
Phone: 540-231-8971