Overview of the Graduate Program

The Department of Sociology at Emory University is a vigorous intellectual community that offers a doctoral program designed to prepare students for academic and research careers. Our graduate program provides rigorous training in theory, research design, and statistics. 

While our faculty cover a wide range of topics in their research and teaching, our collective interests cohere around the following four topics:

  • Culture: media; music and the arts; religion and collective identity; textual analysis
  • Health: social determinants of health; health inequalities; mental health and illness; religion and public health
  • Social Inequality: race, class, and ethnicity; inequality as related to education, health, work
  • Social Psychology: interpersonal and group processes; social structure and personality; status and power; justice; racial attitudes; legitimacy; identity formation; emotions; criminology

As part of our graduate program, we ask that our students work at the intersection of two of those topics. Doing so provides not only breadth and connection to the broader discipline, it also allows our graduate students to build synergistically on the insights contained by scholars working across these topics. To that end, we require our students to complete a preliminary examination that links two of those topics. The default exams are for Culture & Social Psychology and Health & Inequality. However, we are open to graduate students taking examinations in different combinations of those four topics.

Click on the reading lists for the exams in Culture & Social Psychology and Health & Inequality.

Our program has the following salient features:

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