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Sociology, Ph.D.

College of Arts and Sciences

Become an expert social scientist able to conduct innovative research, understand and model human behavior in a variety of professional settings and teach with excellence.

Our sociology doctoral program offers close research mentorship from diverse and highly qualified faculty members in four main areas: social networks, social psychology, health and well-being, and inequalities. We offer a warm and supportive environment in which to develop your skills and scholarly publications.

Program Highlights

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    In-Depth Study

    Engage in rigorous academic study in a productive department while developing a foundation in social scientific theory.

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    Data Analysis

    Develop concrete skills in quantitative and qualitative research methods suited for a variety of jobs.

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    Marketable Skills

    Hone your project management and communication skills, which are sought after in many workplaces.

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    Valuable Impact

    Define and study social problems, identify structural factors that contribute to outcomes, and analyze connections.

What You’ll Study

Apply a breadth and depth of discipline-specific knowledge, major theories and theoretical approaches in sociology overall and in a selected specialty area. Utilize advanced statistical tools and a range of research methods, such as advanced causal modeling techniques, survey research, experimental methods and qualitative methods. Develop professional teaching skills.

Building Skills

Gain the professional and personal intelligence it takes to have a successful career.

  • Data Analysis

    Examining and interpreting information to uncover insights and inform decision making

    Public Speaking

    Delivering a message or presentation to an audience effectively and persuasively


    Gathering and analyzing information to increase knowledge or solve problems

  • Writing

    Creating professional written content for inclusion in scholarly journal articles, books and reports

    Attention to Detail

    Being meticulous and thorough in all aspects of a task or project

    Problem Solving

    Identifying, analyzing and resolving problems or challenges using creative and effective strategies

Using your degree

Make your college experience the foundation for a successful future.

Potential Careers

  • Professor
  • Research Scientist
  • Social Work Director
  • User Experience Lead
  • Marketing Executive

Workplace Settings

  • Academia
  • Research
  • Government
  • Private Industry
  • Technology
  • Social Media

USC sociology has top-notch faculty, classes that prepare you for a variety of careers and a diverse community of supportive people who want to see you succeed.

Ashley Harrell
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