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Graduate Field of Development Sociology

Field-leading social scientists & development practitioners

The Graduate Field of Development Sociology provides rigorous training for aspiring academics and development professionals. Our graduate curriculum builds off the foundation of classical sociological theory, integrating diverse frameworks and methodologies to fuel investigation, analysis, and evaluation of social phenomenon.

Whether through ethnographies, statistical analyses, or participatory action research, our students are trained to produce the highest quality social science research in areas including:

  • Inequality across health, class, and gender
  • Impacts of social policy including health and education
  • Governance, community development, and civic organization
  • Food systems, food sovereignty, and sustainable agriculture  
  • Migration and demographic change
  • Political ecology and land use change

Master of Science (M.S.) or M.S./Ph.D.

The Graduate Field of Development Sociology offers two degree tracks: the MS/PhD and the PhD. It does not accept students into a terminal MS degree program.

 

Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.)

The Graduate Field of Development Sociology offers two degree tracks: the MS/PhD and the PhD. It does not accept students into a terminal MS degree program.

Concentrations

Lecturer Sarah Giroux and graduate student Anthony Poon discuss research

Population & Development

Focuses on theoretical, methodological and applied aspects of population and development in both developing countries and the United States from a social demography perspective emphasis on links between population, food and environmental sustainability, fertility, and population movements.

Rural & Environmental Sociology

Emphasis on environmental equity and rural sustainability, social carrying capacity and the nexus between poverty and resource allocation, access and use, and devolution of power and responsibility.

State, Economy, & Society

State, Economy, & Society combines themes of political and economic sociology, within macro- and micro-comparative and historical approaches, emphasizes general training in the social change and development area to enhance students' credentials for general sociology programs, and views development as less the analysis of the Third World, and more the analysis of global and local processes with broad variation.