Handbook and Other Documents

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

1) 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.

Given that we have just officially revised our Handbook with Laney Graduate School, there are two handbooks at the moment: one applying to older cohorts, and the other applying to newer cohorts.

The requirements described in the 2017-18 Sociology Graduate Handbook apply to members of the Fall 2017 graduate cohort and to subsequent cohorts. Members of prior cohorts (pre-2017) are subject to the requirements in the 2015-16 Sociology Graduate Handbook. However, members of prior cohorts may take the new Major Area Prelim Exam described in the 2017-2018 Sociology Graduate Handbook OR the Major and Minor Area Prelim described in the 2015-16 Sociology Graduate Handbook).

Emory Sociology Graduate Handbook 2015-16

Emory Sociology Graduate Handbook 2017-18

2) 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. Thus, the prelims are not the end goal of the graduate program but, instead, they are the starting point, so to speak. Indeed, the preliminary examinations equip student to conduct their own research and teach their own classes. That research and teaching matter are what ultimately matter for success in terms of the doctoral program and in terms of career. 

Having said all that, here are the current reading lists for the two major areas:  

Culture & Social Psychology Reading List 

Health & Inequality Reading List

These two reading lists lead our graduate students to work at the intersection of two of the discipline's major topics. We describe the rationale for doing so here. There are all sorts of scholarly benefits in mastering those intersections. As a result, we are also open to graduate students pursuing other intersections among these four topics -- such as taking a prelim that addresses Social Psychology & Health, Culture & Inequality, and so forth. The steps for these alternative prelim reading lists are described in the 2017-18 version of the Emory Sociology Graduate Handbook (see page 11).

3) 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 document document supplied by Laney Graduate School should prove extremely 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 in that regard.