Doctor of Philosophy


The Ph.D. program provides a foundation in a broad range of sociological theories and research methods, and an opportunity for pursuing specialized interests in elective Sociology courses, courses in other departments, and dissertation research. In addition to broad theoretical and methodological training, we offer specialized study in the following areas:

  • identities and communities
  • social inequalities and social justice
  • social movements and globalization
  • urban problems and culture
  • immigration and migration
  • race, ethnicity, and religion
  • networks, health and wellbeing
  • gender, sexualities, and families
  • childhood, youth, and education

The Ph.D. program requires completion of a minimum of 60 credit hours. Core requirements include the completion of an Interdisciplinary Pro-Seminar, two (2) courses in Advanced Sociological Theory and Methods, two (2) Specialty Methods courses, a Capstone course, a series of elective courses, a Comprehensive Portfolio of Competencies, and a dissertation. Students typically can expect to complete their Ph.D. degree within four to five academic years.

None of the courses in the USF Sociology Ph.D. program is offered online or during summers; all require in person attendance throughout the regular academic year. The program, therefore, cannot be completed by students who live out of state or far from the Tampa Bay area. Note that completing the Ph.D. degree requires a full-time effort and cannot be combined with any other full-time or part-time employment.