Handbook and Other Documents

This page contains important documents that help graduate students understand and navigate the doctoral program.

1) Graduate Handbook

The Emory Sociology Graduate Handbook is the "user's manual" regarding all sorts of information: the timeline for the program of study, required courses, the logistics of the prelim, all the necessary forms, etc.

The Sociology Graduate Handbook is occasionally revised to reflect changes in requirements. There are three Handbooks relevant to current students in the Program. 

Students are subject to the requirements in the Handbook in effect at the time they entered the program, but they may choose to adopt requirements of a more recent Handbook if they choose. 

 2) Preliminary Examination and Reading Lists

The preliminary examinations are important part of the graduate program. They serve to validate early on that a given graduate student has mastered sufficient material to proceed to the next stages of the program. T

The prelims are not the end goal of the graduate program but, instead, they are the starting point, so to speak. They also equip students to conduct their own research and teach their own classes. It is hat research and teaching that ultimately matter for success in terms of the doctoral program and in terms of career. 

Here are the current reading lists for the four major topics:  

These reading lists lead our graduate students to work at the intersection of two of the discipline's major topics. Here is our rationale for this approach. 

3) Track Record of Emory Sociology 

Navigating and understanding the doctoral program is made easier when one knows about the track record of that program, such as the average time to completion.

To that end, this Laney Graduate School Dashboard should prove useful. It provides data on applications and admissions in Emory Sociology, as well as the diversity of our cohorts and the time to completion.

For information regarding where our PhDs go after graduation, the alumni page should prove useful.