Marcus Shaw, 2017

Sociology Ph.D.

About

SOCIOLOGY M.A. | PH.D.

Sociology is the scientific study of society, social institutions, social relationships, and human organization.

Sociology faculty members at UC Merced have rapidly built a vibrant and collegial intellectual community, marked by outstanding research, engagement in important public discourse in California’s Central Valley and across the globe, and dynamic teaching and training at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. The goal of our graduate program is to foster scholarly excellence in sociology, with a specific focus on several core areas of the discipline, including race and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, politics, immigration, health, and education, among others. Our program is nationally and internationally recognized for its high-quality scholarship, graduate training, and contributions to the university and community. Students master a diverse toolkit of research methods and conceptual approaches for carrying out independent research, while also learning in depth about two core research areas that they select. Doctoral students have the option to obtain master’s degrees in sociology en route to their Ph.Ds.

CORE research areas

  • Education
  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Health
  • Immigration
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Social Movements and Political Sociology

Our 17 faculty members are recognized as experts in their areas of study, producing award-winning scholarship that is shaping the field of sociology along with other interdisciplinary areas of inquiry. Sociology faculty frequently involve graduate and undergraduate students in ongoing research projects. We also provide an array of professional development opportunities to set our graduates up for successful careers

The priority application deadline for Fall 2023 admission to the Sociology graduate program is December 15, 2022. The general application deadline is January 15, 2023.

sociology at uc merced

PROVIDES intensive mentoring to graduate students, with personalized attention given to small cohorts of entering students. Each student is matched with a faculty mentor immediately upon starting the program, and the curriculum includes small core classes and substantive seminars, a professionalization class, and an intensive writing course to facilitate independent research and scholarly writing.

OFFERS a unique and highly relevant set of substantive foci at the cutting edge of the discipline within an interdisciplinary campus environment. Sociology faculty members study a combination of topics that are especially important for California's Central Valley, the state and the nation, such as race, education, social movements, and health disparities.

INCLUDES opportunities to participate in collaborative research projects with faculty and students, as well as informal and formal seminars in Sociology and across the university. Our program is designed to train students for research and teaching careers in higher education as faculty members, as well as for careers in public and private agencies outside of academia.

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Class of 2015

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alumni name

Class of 2015

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FUNDING SUPPORT

Students in good standing are eligible for year-round financial support, including payment of fees and tuition. Students are typically supported by teaching and research assistantships, which can be supplemented by fellowships, faculty research grants, awards and other forms of financial assistance.

GRADUATE STUDIES | SOCIOLOGY