Graduate Catalog
2017-2018
 
Policies, Procedures, Academic Programs
Sociology
College of Liberal Arts & Human Sciences
Construction begun 1970; major work completed December 1971 (except auditorium). Cost $2,714,514; 123,000 sq. ft. (approx.). Named after John McLaren McBryde (1841-1923) was President from 1891 to 1907. Known as the "Father of VPI," McBryde laid the foundation for modern Virginia Tech. He increased bachelor's degree offerings, added graduate programs, created an infirmary, and christened the motto Ut Prosim.
560 McBryde Hall, Mail Code: 0137 225 Stanger Street Blacksburg VA 24061
McBryde Hall
Degree(s) Offered:
• MS
MS Degree in Sociology
Minimum GPA: 3.25
Offered In:
Blacksburg
• PhD
PhD Degree in Sociology
Minimum GPA: 3.25
Offered In:
Blacksburg
Email Contact(s):
Web Resource(s):
Phone Number(s):
540/231-8972
Application Deadlines:
Fall: Aug 01
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Department Chair : John Ryan
Graduate Program Director : Shannon Bell (Graduate Director)
Emeriti Faculty: Theodore Fuller; Barbara Smith
Professors: Onwubiko Agozino; David Brunsma; Toni Calasanti; James Hawdon; Michael Hughes; K Kiecolt; Neal King; Wornie Reed; John Ryan; Donald Shoemaker
Associate Professors: Samuel Cook; Anthony Harrison; Sarah Ovink; Anthony Peguero; Paulo Polanah; Paula Seniors; Anastasia Vogt Yuan; Dale Wimberley
Assistant Professors: Kaitlin Boyle; Nicholas Copeland; Suchitra Samanta; Donna Sedgwick
Affiliated Faculty: Karen DePauw; Ellington Graves; Sharon Johnson; Karl Precoda
Gloria D. Smith Professorship: Anthony Harrison

Sociology Introduction

The Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech is a premier, research-oriented program, with 25 full-time faculty members and 6 affiliated faculty. Additional sociologists are faculty members in other departments and programs in the University.  Our faculty earned degrees from some of the finest doctoral programs in their fields. They have authored or edited over 60 books on such topics as workplace relations, delinquent behavior, drug use, research methods, Appalachian development, deviance, professional ethics, gender, aging, sociology of knowledge, world systems, household crowding, and the mass media. Departmental faculty have published nearly 650 professional articles and chapters, written over 180 technical reports related to applied sociological issues, and participated in more than 80 externally funded projects. In addition, sociology faculty have received numerous college, university, and national awards for outstanding teaching.

Our top-flight education and research focus on critical issues in the United States and the increasingly inter-connected world. A solid grounding in theory and methods constitute the core of our graduate programs. Under our broad umbrella of interests having to do with quality of life, inequality, and work and technology, students specialize in such areas as health, crime/deviance, gender, race, aging, sexuality, and culture. In addition, students may specialize in interdisciplinary Africana Studies or Women's and Gender Studies. Master's students gain the necessary background for doctoral work or careers in applied settings such as business, federal or state government, and social services. Doctoral students establish their own programs of study, engage in their own independent research, teach their own undergraduate classes, present papers at professional meetings, and publish. 

Centers and Research

The Department of Sociology at Virginia Tech is committed to interdisciplinary research and education. The department includes the programs of Africana Studies, Women's and Gender Studies, and American Indian Studies. Courses offered in these programs allow our students to pursue programs specifically tailored to their interests while maintaining a strong central grounding in sociology. In addition, the Center for Race and Social Policy and the Center for Peace Studies and Violence Prevention are housed in the department. We also share courses and faculty with Science and Technology Studies and Gerontology.

Admission Policies

Students may request application materials or apply online through the Graduate School website. In addition to the admission standards prescribed by the Graduate School, students requesting admittance to an advanced degree programs in sociology must meet the following requirements:

1. A Bachelor's degree or a master's degree from an accredited institution;2. Three letters of recommendation, preferably from former professors;
3. A "B" overall grade point average (3.0 on a 4 point system) in all Sociology courses previously taken;
4. Graduate Record Examination;
5. Applicants for the master's program are also expected to have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.25 (out of 4.0) for the last two (2) years of undergraduate study;
6. Applicants to the Ph.D. program with fewer than 15 hours of Sociology course work will be required to take enough hours at the 4000 level or above in Sociology to equal 15 semester hours; these hours must be taken in addition to the minimum of 30 hours of course work in Sociology.

All admitted students must begin their graduate studies at Virginia Tech during the fall semester.

Graduate Assistantships

Each year the department awards assistantships on a competitive basis. Currently, teaching assistantships for students entering with a B.S. degree are $1,732 per month ($15,588 per academic year). Assistantships are slightly higher for students entering with an M.S. degree. In addition, students on assistantship receive full tuition remission ($6,233.50) per semester in state. The out of state differential is waived for graduate assistants). Graduate students are responsible for paying the Comprehensive Student Fee of $955.50 (in state) per fall and spring semester. The University will commit to cover approximately 90% of students' health insurance care costs if they choose the University's medical insurance plan and agree to pay the premiums through payroll deduction.

Graduate Student Organizations

In addition to the university's Graduate Student Association, our graduate students operate a departmental Graduate Student Association. The Department of Sociology is also a member of the national sociological honor society, AKD.
Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.25
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 153.0
      • Quantitative : 146.0
      • Analytical : 5.0
The Master's Degree has three options: Master's Degree, Master's Degree Option with Africana Studies, and a Master's Degree Option with Women's and Gender Studies.

Master's students must complete 24 hours of coursework, 6 hours of research, and write a thesis. All M.S. students must pass a final exam. Procedures and requirements for the exam are discussed in the Graduate Catalog and the departmental Graduate Handbook. The examination will be a defense of the thesis and an assessment of the student's understanding of appropriate sociological subjects.


Offered In (Blacksburg)

Degree Requirements

Minimum GPA: 3.25
Institution code: 5859
Testing Requirements:
  • TOEFL
    • Paper
      • 550.0
    • Computer
      • 213.0
    • iBT
      • 80.0
  • GRE
    • General Test
      • Verbal : 153.0
      • Quantitative : 146.0
      • Analytical : 5.0
The PhD has three options: PhD in Sociology, PhD in Sociology Africana Studies Option, and the PhD in Sociology Women's and Gender Studies Option.

PhD students must complete 60 hours of coursework and 30 hours of research. If the student has a MS or MA degree from another university, up to 24 hours of coursework taken at another university can transferred in and counted toward the 60-hour requirement. Students are required to have classes in classical and contemporary sociological theory and an advanced theory course. They are also required to have a course in research methods, two graduate-level statistics courses, and an advanced methods or statistics course.

Ph.D. Students must also successfully pass a preliminary examination. The examination is to be taken after the student has completed approximately 45 hours of coursework. The preliminary exam is comprehensive in nature and tests a student's ability to integrate, synthesize, and apply sociological concepts in two areas of concentration selected by the student. The exam may also test any aspect of theoretical sociology or research methodology. The student should meet with his or her advisory committee prior to preparing for the exam to discuss the exam and evaluation procedures. The departmental Graduate Handbook discusses these exams in detail.

Sociology Facilities Introduction

Virginia Tech's Department of Sociology is located in McBryde Hall. McBryde Hall houses exceptional teaching classrooms, and the department provides access to computer labs, faculty and graduate student offices, and administration resources
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