(Ph.D. in Sociology)
Virginia Tech Blacksburg Campus
Virginia Tech’s PhD program in Sociology provides students with comprehensive training in research design, quantitative and qualitative methods, sociological theory, and a wide range of substantive areas. The common thread that connects much of the research we do in VT Sociology is a focus on the causes, consequences, and interactions of social inequalities within a variety of focal areas including gender, race, class, sexuality, criminology, health, aging, the environment, education, popular culture, and the global political economy. Our department is also home to interdisciplinary programs in Women’s and Gender Studies, Africana Studies, and American Indian Studies, and our Ph.D. students have the opportunity to receive training in these interdisciplinary fields during the course of their studies.
Many our students work with faculty members on grant-funded research projects that focus on a wide range of topics, such as the radicalization of the internet, bullying in high schools, collective memory and racial prejudice, underrepresented minorities in STEM fields, the effects of gender and sexual orientation on partner caregiving in later life, the socio-environmental effects of energy projects, and sustainable agriculture in Guatemala, among others. Our department also houses the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention, the Race and Social Policy Research Center, and the Laboratory for the Study of Youth Inequality and Justice, which are engaged in multiple research and public scholarship endeavors.
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.
- *Fall: April 15
- *Fall: April 1
*Deadline for admission with full consideration for funding: January 15