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  1. Many students begin MA or PhD programs with no background in Sociology. Your undergraduate major will not be a barrier.
  2. I'd recommend reading the work of faculty in your new department.
  3. In addition to the programs mentioned above, Jennifer Earl at Arizona is currently working on a big youth activism project and so that might be an additional program to consider.
  4. Minnesota might be a good fit for you. They've got lots of folks doing work on collective memory. Michigan also does some cross-national comparative.
  5. A couple of additional ideas: UMass-Amherst, Georgia State, Oregon
  6. There are a number of great law/policy or law/society programs out there with strong JD/PhD programs (or just one or the other). Other than JSP, I'd take a good look at UC-Irvine, Wisconsin, Buffalo, and Northwestern. You might also look into Minnesota, Washington, and Duke. Good luck!
  7. I agree. Worth it.
  8. I'd say health and crime are both very marketable specialties. They both attract funding, which many departments are looking for. And if you look at the past few years of job ads, both of these are in high demand -- I see this increasing (esp for health/med soc), not decreasing.
  9. I think you've always been helpful and have given great advice. I hope you stick with it.
  10. The "Environment and Technology" section of the ASA has graduate programs that specialize in environmental sociology on their website: http://envirosoc.org/gradprograms.php You could also look up the faculty who won that section's "distinguished contribution" award: http://envirosoc.org/awards.php 2011 Andrew Szasz - University of California, Santa Cruz 2009 Harvey Molotch - New York University 2008 J. Timmons Roberts - College of William and Mary 2007 Robert Gramling (University of Louisiana at Lafayette) and Penelope Canan (University of Central Florida) 2006 Phil Brown - Brown University 2005 Lee Clarke - Rutgers University 2004 Steve Kroll-Smith - University of North Carolina at Greensboro 2003 Craig Humphrey - The Pennsylvania State University 2002 John Bellamy Foster - University of Oregon
  11. Liam Downey at Colorado-Boulder. In fact, CU has a number of environmental folks and would be a great place to do environmental sociology.
  12. Women also appear to be interested in social movements.
  13. Florida State -- they have the Pepper Institute on Aging & Public Policy that many of the sociologists are affiliated with.
  14. You should get guidance from your chair and other students in your program about what the norms in your department are. My advice would be to prepare a 12-15 minute conference presentation for a general audience. But really, this is a question for your chair.
  15. That's funny because rumor has it that Goffman himself was, in fact, a jerk. See the "biographical materials" (interviews with people about Goffman) in the Erving Goffman Archives: http://cdclv.unlv.edu//ega/.