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  1. Hi so I'm a new poster, just finished my undergraduate degree in sociology. I'm looking for advice on what programs to apply to, specifically in regards to sociology programs with a focus on immigration/migration. Some background on me is I had a decent GPA (3.5), I haven't taken the GRE yet, I did my undergrad in Canada so I'm looking at schools both in Canada and the U.S., I don't have any faculty members in mind yet, still have to research that over the summer. But the schools I'm looking at now are (in no particular order)... UC-Irvine (and maybe Davis) University of Toronto University of British Columbia UM-Ann Arbor UMinnestoa-Twin Cities Penn State UPenn and Princeton (big reach schools) If anybody has experience/advice on applying to these programs, or knowledge of the immigration sociology faculty members let me know please. Or if anybody has advice on other schools I should look at (especially schools that may not be as well known but maybe are safer bets on getting in) let me know please. Also just general advice on things I should highlight in a grad school application would be greatly appreciated.
  2. Ok so I just graduated from my undergrad and I'm thinking of what grad programs to apply to for sociology. Reading the posts on here terrifies me about tenure track job openings in sociology. As such I'm thinking about getting a PhD and going for a job outside of academia. I've heard people say that Penn State and Ohio State have good sociology/demography programs with skills easily translatable outside of academia. Does anyone have advice on what programs I should look at if I want I work at a think-tank, business, or government organization as a sociologist? Do I need a PhD to do evaluation or research at a place like the CDC or a company like Facebook? Should I be looking at different degree programs for those things?
  3. Hello! I am currently an undergrad at Penn. I am looking to apply to graduate programs in Demography, but I have one concern. When I was a freshman I originally thought I wanted to be computer science major. I took plenty of classes in the computer science department, but I received grades that were B's and C's. Because of this, my GPA has suffered. I currently have a 3.6 GPA cumulative, but a 3.86 GPA in just sociology/demography courses. Since I am applying for PhD programs in Sociology/Demography do you think my grades in computer science will be overlooked? Thank you!
  4. Greetings! I am having a lot of difficulty choosing a program to attend in the fall and was hoping to find some others in my field facing this same decision. It is a great problem to have, but it is absurdly stressful. So...any other soc of ed people out there? I am considering UT Austin, Penn State, and Notre Dame (all Sociology PhD programs) as well as Columbia Teachers College (Sociology & Education PhD). I hope to ultimately teach at a graduate school of education, so TC might be good, but I've also heard that there is a general perception of the straight sociology degree as more valuable on the market than an education-specific degree. Notre Dame seems great, but I'm concerned that it might not be great for placing graduates at education schools, given that the university itself does not even have an education school. UT Austin is technically the highest ranked sociology program on the list, but I've heard that students have trouble making ends meet with the stipend, which would be especially difficult for me as I have family on the east coast that I would need to visit from time to time. The funding situation at TC is also somewhat of an issue, since they only give full funding for the first 3 years (the program is expected to take 5+ years to complete). Furthermore, I have been told that I am very high on the waitlist at Johns Hopkins (Sociology PhD). If anyone has heard any news from them, I would really appreciate hearing it! I am almost certain that I would accept Hopkins on the spot if offered admission. Also, does anyone know if there are any rankings lists for the sociology of education subspecialty? I'm not relying on rankings to make my decision, but I'm sort of surprised that I haven't come across any lists like this yet and would be very curious to see any that exist. Thanks!!
  5. Hi everyone, I was wondering if there is any school offering admissions in Spring term. My search thus far has been unsuccessful, I would appreciate if anyone could help me with that. Thanks a lot.
  6. Hey guys, I'm new to this forum and website as a whole! I'm just starting a blog about Criminology, Sociology, Social Justice and Society and I was wondering if you had any advice as I'm new to "blogging"... Any tips and hints to increase popularity and help spread the word of the existence of my blog and any ways to improve my blog? The link to the blog is https://criminologyandsocialjustice.wordpress.com/ and I'm using "Word Press" if that's of any help Many thanks to any advice and help you can offer me!
  7. Hi all, New to the forum but I'm currently doing quite a lot of uni work around Ethnicity in Sociology and I'm struggling to find rationale behind me doing it. At first, I delved into to the area of ethnicity with hope to see how it can improve social inclusion, however, after reading a lot of literature, basically, it doesn't help social inclusion (Look at any of Fred Coalters work). Has anyone done any research to do with ethnicity in sociology and if so what were your reasons behind it? Many thanks.
  8. So what is phenomenology? We could say that phenomenology is the way that we describe a phenomenon, the way we describe reality. The following example is something that makes phenomenolgy understandable to people that have no idea of what it is. A mayor is obligated to make the life of his countrymen/coutnrywomen easier. If the township has a great reserve of money then the mayor starts a work process which is essential for the people. Let's say renovation of a school or schools, the construction of a new townsquare etc... sorry for my english
  9. Hello y'all, I recently found out that I'm waitlisted for Boston, and I was wondering if there is anyone among you who got accepted but decided not to go. Basically trying to figure out my chances. I hope the applications are treating all of you well.
  10. So I'm starting to dig into the specifics of several Ph.D. programs I've applied to and have reached the point where I want to find information about completion and attrition. I thought asking the forum to share our collective knowledge concerning completion/attrition (and perhaps demographics) might prove more fruitful than doing a point-blank google search. Would anyone like to share what they know concerning the completion/attrition and the sociology Ph.D.? For instance, is it weird that the completion rates for the 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, and 2004 Northwestern cohorts after 6 years hovered around 0-9%? And for both the 2000 and 2001 cohorts, the completion rate was only 45% after 10 years?
  11. Hey folks, I was wondering if you could help me out here? Since I did not major in sociology during my undergrad, I'm obviously missing some classes from my repertoire. The university I plan to attend in the fall have asked me to take sociological theory before classes start in September. There are so many online programs that it's overwhelming to try to weed through which programs are legitimate and which ones are not, especially since I have never taken an online course before. I was wondering if any of you could recommend any online sociology programs? I only need to take sociological theory. Any help would be appreciated!
  12. I read in a past posts that many of those accepted this year got in on their 2nd+ cycle. Would applicants in this category speak about their experience in this regard? How long they waited to apply again? How did they networ? Did they focus on publishing? Etc. thank you!
  13. I am thinking about doing a Masters in Social Research Methods at LSE with a sociology track (meaning I get to take one full unit of sociology). I basically perceive this Masters as a stepping stone to doing a PhD in Sociology. Besides, I think it could fill in a lot of gaps in my CV: -I didn't study at a research institution (like Harvard, Berkeley, U of M, etc.) but rather at a mid-west liberal arts college and later on I did my Masters in International Business at a (highly ranked) French business school. -I didn't do stellar in my statistics and research methods classes at business school -I lack profound experience in quantitative methods -I did not major or get a masters in Sociology (-3.96 GPA in International Studies and German, 3.5 GPA in Masters in International Business) but I don't think getting a masters in Sociology would be as a helpful as a course like this since I have taken a lot of sociology courses or courses that are related to sociology - politics, international relations, anthro, soc, gender, language, etc. Neverthless, -I was a Fulbright research scholar in Brazil - I have much qualitative research experience: participant, ethnographic, interviews -I was a project/research assistant (again all qualitative) at an AIDS organization in Brazil during my Fulbright research. -I was a TA/TF at Harvard for the summer school and should be again this summer (I am really not sure if this counts for much since the summer school usually hires profs from outside the school and the curriculum does not seem as rigorous as the normal year) -1 article published by ECCH (case study database) -I speak 5 languages fluently (I don't know if sociology departments give a shit about this sort of thing) -All my past non-academic jobs are kind of research-oriented (competitor analysis, market entry strategies, etc.) I was wondering if anyone could provide me advice or tips on whether such a masters would be a valuable tool to getting into a PhD program. I talked with the program director and sociology-track coordinator and have the impression that I would gain a lot of methodological (quant and qual) and research design expertise in this program and that a lot of students end up doing a PhD after. Has anyone done something similar? Or has heard about this program? Or studied at LSE? LSE is a very reputable institution in social sciences so I am expecting to gain an invaluable network there... I am interested in globalization, political sociology and transnational social movements. This is the program website: http://www2.lse.ac.uk/methodologyInstitute/study/mscSocialResearchMethods/introduction.aspx Thank you very much for your help!
  14. Hello All, What are people's perception of the University of British Columbia? Is it a good program? Is it respected amongst sociologists? Any opinions on this program and where it falls in the top 10, 20, 30 etc? I applied there and think I have a great chance of being accepted. I just wanted to know the job prospects for after obtaining a PhD there as opposed to a top 20 school like the University of Washington or a top 10 school like UCLA.
  15. Hey all - I just posted my thoughts about why the admissions process is so weird to this cycle, and I mentioned the increased competition/lower acceptance rates of places such as Wisconsin. One thought that I wanted to throw out there is do you think there are more applications to Sociology phD programs than usual because of a drifting into the discipline from others? (coupled with the economy?). That is, not only are there more grad applicants, but that more students from other fields are applying into Sociology instead of other ones? I think this might be true in my case - where I think if I was applying 5-10 years ago, I would have looked into American Studies programs, maybe even social justice programs - I decided to focus on Sociology. Partially because the field seems to be opening up a bit more, that Sociology has seemed to be more encompassing of many different areas and being more accepting of interdisciplinary approaches. Also, anecdotally, I've heard of students from other disciplines, such as history, economics, psychology, ethnic studies, cultural studies - turning towards Sociology more and more as their phD field from different undergrad ones. Any thoughts on this? From my biased perspective, I would argue that maybe sociology is becoming a more "it " discipline in the social sciences?
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    I see that someone has gotten accepted to UNLV. Can anyone comment on their stats?
  17. So, given the tremendous lack of Latin@ academics around the country, I am curious if anybody other than me is Latin@, applying to sociology grad programs, and lurking around these forums with frequency. I really hope I'm not the only one, and it'd be a pleasant surprise if, in fact, I am not. In the off chance that I'm not, then to which programs did you apply and what is it that you want to study? *tossing bottle into ocean.... *bottle tossed... *waiting for return of bottle...
  18. As the title says. Mine are as follows: George Washington University University of Victoria (Canada) University of Nevada Las Vegas All three of these schools have professors that have done research in the sex industry (and who have similar stances on it as me). How about you all?
  19. Hey, I haven't posted here in a year or so. I wanted to see if anyone is a blogger - I'm looking to link up my blog with other sociology bloggers. I specifically discuss public sociology. Have a look if you've got the time - follow it if you like it. I accept guest contributions too. www.sociologyforthepeople.wordpress.com Thanks. Good luck to everyone applying this year.
  20. Hello, all: *I'm new to this forum -- please forgive me, if I'm asking a tired old question. Of course, I would appreciate any links to similar discussion threads.* I was a first-generation college student and now that I'm applying to Ph.D. programs (Sociology, Criminal Justice, & Demography), I'm feeling a bit lost regarding protocol. Here's my concern: I contacted potential advisors connected to each program on my list, and received invitations to meet to discuss my graduate school plans. Now, I'm just not certain how to prepare, what to expect, or what to say. Of course, this is a wonderful problem to have and any advice would be greatly appreciated! Thank you in advance!
  21. Hi everyone, I am wanting to pursue graduate school in sociology, and was planning on commencing with the process a while back, until I had to put that on hiatus for a while to attend to some personal matters. That may have been a blessing in disguise, because I have a question regarding the relevancy of research experience for the applications. You see, while it took me a while to find my niche in college (i.e., I switched majors more than a few times), I was a geology major prior to finding my home in the sociology department. While my research experience in sociology has been limited to the work I did in a senior seminar, I do have some experience performing independent research in geology in an upper-level course geared toward analytical techniques. I know that there may be some ostensible methodological differences between social science research and physical science research, but does anyone think that having this experience would be pertinent for an application to a sociology department? I don't think they're going to care much about XRD and XRF analysis and all that other technical stuff, but could I use in my application to showcase how I have performed an independent research project, even though it is obviously not related to my graduate school/career aspirations? Thank you for the feedback!
  22. I am interested in studying social demography with an emphasis on im/migration, race and ethnicity. I am applying to a few sociology departments and a sociology-demography program (UCB). I know population studies is heavily based in statistics and I am afraid I am coming short on that. I am a strong researcher, writer, and speaker. I have background in spatial analysis and statistics, but no formal training in statistics. In fact, I withdrew from a statistics course in college, because it wasn't a good fit for me (I missed the 2-week cut-off and had to get a W on my transcript.) Math has always been a challenge for me. I am not bad at it, but not amazing. I am confident I would do OK in a methods course in graduate school. I am familiar with R and SPSS as well as statistical applications of Excel. Some background: I received a less than satisfactory quantitative GRE score: 77th percentile Verbal was fine: 94th percentile (English is not my first language) Writing: 5.0 GPA from an Ivy League school: 3.63 Major: A social science, but not sociology I wrote an honors thesis in undergrad and received the high honors distinction. I had an internship with a demographer at a think tank; another 6 months of research experience with a political science prof; and the thesis. As I mentioned, I have done substantial work in spatial statistics and analysis. I know: R (starting to learn), SPSS, ArcGIS, Excel (VBA and statistical applications). Can anyone speak to how heavily math is weighed in sociology admissions, especially in degree programs with a demography component like Berkeley's Graduate Group in Sociology and Demography? Will my other strengths make up for less than stellar quant GRE score and academic record in math? What are my options and what do you suggest I do in order to strengthen my applications? Thanks for your time.
  23. This may seem like a stupid question, but because of things I have read in the past, I just want to make sure I don't make a mistake in my SOP. I am interested in the studying adolescent homosexuality within religious communities and am currently stating that I would like for my research to develop theory that might be used in the future by organizations seeking to help young homosexuals. Again, it seems that I have heard varying opinions about this but wanted to hear if anyone has any thoughts about this? Thanks.
  24. Hi all, This is a cross-post from the sociology forum. I have a question about the disciplinary differences between sociology and anthropology in the study of social movements. Briefly, my research interests are social movements, especially when considered in reference to culture, politics, symbolic meaning. I need the perspective of anth. students. Any advice is welcome! My background (BA) is in political science and I've done original research on social movements in Chile and Bolivia. I know I want to study social movements as a professional academic and I know my methods will be qualitative (ethnography, participant obs, interviews). The question is, sociology or anthropology? I know this is the sort of thing I should have figured out by now, as I am well on my way to applying to sociology programs this Fall (taken the GREs, drafted my SOP, identified POIs, spreadsheet of all my programs). I have a pretty good background in canonical sociology and social movement literature from coursework, research, and self-education. There are a number of professors at several soc. departments who interest me. But the more I casually investigate anthropology programs, the more I see some professors doing exciting work at the intersection of social movements, culture, semiotics, etc., which is where I locate my own research interests precisely. So in each discipline, there are professors with whom I could see myself working. Hence my dilemma. Pros and Cons: The pros for sociology include my extant comprehension of the literature, and that I would be sharing a department with sociologists of gender, stratification, economics, culture, race, etc.; all topics in which I am conversant and interested. The con is, as I see it, an apparent methodological bias toward quant methods at many departments and my weakness in that area. The pros for anthropology include the relative heterodoxy of theory and methods, higher esteem/seriousness for ethnographic research, and less of an admissions emphasis on quant. reasoning GRE (on which I scored a mediocre 670). The cons are my absolute lack of background in anth literature (besides theorists common to the social sciences) and that I will be studying in the same department as people doing, for example, forensic anth and archeology, areas that I am not into. Not that I have any antipathy for these areas, but I might feel more out of place in the department/discipline over the long-run if I don't share interests with my colleagues. More about my interests: contentious politics, power and social change, Latin America, urban space, symbolic meaning, media and culture. Overall strong admissions profile, so consider this question on the basis of fit. So, social movement scholars, am I destined for sociology or anthropology?
  25. I'm currently searching for a strong M.A. or M.A./PhD. combo program in the Religious Studies field. My interest is in Christianity and the ways it has shaped American society/politics/culture. I have a B.A. in Sociology and was thinking about pursuing an M.A. in Sociology of Religion, but I am open to other programs that would allow me to focus on my area of interest, as mentioned above. Unfortunately, for familial reasons, I am restricted to programs in the Southern California area. Anyone have any suggestions?
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