TheCrow Posted December 1, 2013 Share Posted December 1, 2013 I'm a junior looking to apply to graduate programs next fall. I've started to look through department websites, look at faculty research interest, and the like to identify schools to give further review and those to mark off the list. Despite having looked through every thread on this subforum, I'm still confused about how developed research interest should be and how close they should be aligned with faculty at the campus. Is something like, "I'm interested in the impact of the distribution of economic resources and power on crime/deviance?" too broad/vague? Is something like, "I'm interested in the impact of the distribution of economic resources and power in what behaviors are recognized as deviance or criminal in adjudication of nonviolent juvenile action, using statistical modeling and social dominance theory" too specific? Also, I'm interested in making serious use of statistical methods. I'm taking the graduate methods sequence in sociology at my current university and I have a sufficient mathematical background for graduate study in statistics. I've identified three universities that will allow students to seek a joint PhD in sociology and statistics--many more that will allow students to earn an en route MS in statistics. I'd like to mention my interests in making serious use of statistics, but without suggesting that my interests lie outside of the department I'm applying to (or seeming that I might be distracted from the real point of the PhD in sociology by work in statistics). Is there a risk in coming off as too interested in advanced methods training? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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