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The Department of Sociology engages students in research, utilizing qualitative and quantitative methodologies in order to analyze issues and problems affecting societies. In our PhD program, the core of graduate training is in classical and contemporary theory and research methods, including historical and feminist methodologies, interviews, and field work.


Students may focus their studies on any two of the following graduate program areas:

  • Culture and Identity
  • Health, Aging, and Environment
  • Political Economy, Power, and Movements
  • Social Inequalities

Within these program areas, students conduct research on such topics as gender, health care policy, popular culture, hunger, race, criminology, sexualities, elites, and protest movements in the global economy.

Degrees Offered

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312 Middlebush Hall
Columbia, MO 65211
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