What will I learn?

The Department of Sociology has a proud history, and a wide range of research and teaching interests and methodological approaches. The faculty includes some of the nation’s leading sociologists in the study of families, culture, religion, immigration, race/ethnicity, and gender. Specializations include race, gender, families, culture and immigration, but students may also craft emphases in demography, religion, sociology of the life course and aging, organizations, work and social change, medical sociology, urban sociology, and class stratification.

Course Requirements

A minimum of 60 graduate units is necessary for the PhD, among which are the following required courses: SOCI 510, SOCI 520, SOCI 521, SOCI 525, SOCI 511, and SOCI 621 or 620. In addition, each student must specialize in two subareas of sociology and must take at least 8 units in each area such as: urban sociology, complex organizations, stratification, ethnic relations, sociology of aging, medical sociology, communication and culture, deviance, sociology of gender, demography, and so on.

Which department am I in?

USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (60 units)

Tuition fees
US$57,256.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2022


University of Southern California

University Park Campus,



90089, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completed a master's degree.

For international students

Applicants must have earned the equivalent of a 4-year U.S. bachelor’s degree with a competitive GPA.

Applicants to doctor's programs who have attained an Internet Based TOEFL (iBT) score of 100, with no less than 20 on each sub-score; or an IELTS score of 7, with no less than 6 on each band score.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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