USF Sociology has grown rapidly over the last ten years to include over 20 faculty and over 40 graduate students. Our Ph.D. program, established as recently as 2009, now has over 18 graduates, many of whom have acquired tenure-track academic positions. Our M.A. program, originally established in the late 1960, now has close to 250 graduates who hold a variety of academic and non-academic jobs. Many of the graduates of our M.A. program have gone on to receive doctoral degrees from various prestigious universities (Rutgers, Emory, Stony Brook, Missouri, Vanderbilt, UIC, Washington State, UConn, SUNY-Albany, among others), and many now hold tenured or tenure-track faculty positions across the country.
Our graduate programs offer our graduate students several distinctive advantages:
- An award-winning faculty, whose achievements include distinguished university professorships,
lifetime achievement awards, best book awards, Fulbright fellowships, and millions
of dollars in research grants.
- Faculty who have served as presidents, chairs, and executive officers of various national
and international academic associations, as well as current or recent editors, associate
editors, and board members of major journals in sociology.
- Global engagement including Fulbright fellows (Norway, Berlin, Ukraine, Belarus) and
transnational research collaborations (Brazil, post-Soviet countries).
- An award-winning teacher training program, which provides our M.A. and Ph.D. students
with the skills and experiences necessary to bolster their applications to Ph.D. programs
and academic jobs across the country.
- Professional socialization through professional development seminars and the composition
of a dossier (including curriculum vitae, course syllabi, conference presentations,
and publishable manuscripts), which is used instead of traditional qualifying exams
as the basis of evaluation.
- An epistemological training that integrates theory and methods into a dynamic, two-semester
- Financial support packages for our graduate students including stipends, tuition waiver,
and health insurance.
- McKnight Fellowship opportunities for African American and Hispanic Ph.D. students
among other local fellowships.
- Focus on interdisciplinary research opportunities, public sociology, community engagement,
and service learning.
- Caring, hands-on mentoring, and intensive job market preparation.