Ph. D. Program

Ph. D. Program

Doctoral Program

  Our doctoral program stresses both theory and empirical research in order to build a basis for advanced study and independent research for future sociology instructors and researchers. Other than basic theoretical and methodological training, the Ph.D. program also requires optional courses in special fields. Students are required to specialize in two subfields: “Globalization and Social Innovation,” and “Population, Family and Social Stratification.”

  The education of Ph.D. students closely reflects the specialties of our faculty. The research ability and academic edge of our doctoral students is enhanced by visiting scholars from internationally renowned universities and academic institutions. To prepare our Ph.D. students to be qualified instructors, we provide the opportunity for Ph.D. students to gain teaching experience by serving as teaching assistant and instructors (Ph.D. candidates) in elective undergraduate courses.

   B. Courses

Basic required courses: Qualitative Research Methods,  Quantitative Research Methods, Social Theory, and Contemporary Social Studies and Critique.

Students are also required to take at least 12 credits from two subfields:

“Globalization and Social Innovation,” and “Population, Family and Social Stratification.”


Applicable for students registered for the 2016 academic year

Required Courses


First Academic Year



Qualitative Research  Methods




Quantitative Research Methods




Social Theory




Contemporary Social Studies and Critique




Graduate Credits: 29 Credits

 (Required : 10 credits; elective courses: 12 credits; maximum credits from other departments or universities that the department recognizes: 7 credits )


1.     The Ph.D. students should take the prelim exam in the first year. The test subjects includes "Qualitative Research", "Quantitative Research" and " Social Theory."

2.     Students must complete at least 12 credits of elective courses in subfield AGlobalization and Social Innovationand subfield BPopulation, Family and Social Stratification.



3.     In order to get basic professional training, prospective PHD students without sociology degree are required to take and pass two undergraduate-level courses: Sociological Theory (with Internships) and Social Statistics (with Interships).

4.     Elective courses are determined by the Department.

5.     According to the requirements set by the Department, international students are required to pass the Test of Chinese as a Foreign Language (TOCFL) at Level 4 or other Chinese language proficiency test before graduation or take and pass Chinese courses for at least half a year (2 terms).


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