All Students entering program after May 2014 are subject to these guidelines. Students who entered the program prior to May 2014 are grandfathered under Appendix F.

Purpose:

The purpose of this policy is to make explicit for students the minimum standards for making satisfactory progress through the graduate program in sociology.  Students who do not meet these minimum standards will be at risk of dismissal from the program, per faculty review and vote.  Many students will have achieved the goals and meet the standards well before the times stated in this document.

 

Review Procedures:

The faculty will review each student annually through the fifth year of the program in order to assess whether the following criteria have been met.  The review will normally occur in April.  There will be a subsequent review for students the semester they defend their MA thesis (See Master’s Review below).  The faculty will assess the student’s progress, consider whether the progress is both satisfactory and reasonable, and vote on the student’s continued status in the program.  Students are expected to have met the criteria for minimum satisfactory progress by the time of the review.

Annual Review:

Faculty will vote according to the following recommendations for all students through their fifth year:

  • Continue in the Program
  • Continue in the Program with Conditions
  • Dismissal from Program

Students who receive a majority vote of “Continue in the Program with Conditions” are required to discuss those provisions with their major professor, or if a major professor has not been designated, with the Department’s Graduate Coordinator.  The purpose of the discussion will be to make explicit those areas in the student’s performance that require improvement in time for the student’s next annual review.

Master’s Review:

Students who have entered the graduate program without having completed an approved M.A. thesis will be considered for acceptance into the Ph.D. program once the thesis and all M.A. degree requirements have been completed.  This decision will normally be made during the semester in which the M.A. requirements have been satisfied but in no case later than December of the student’s third year.

Faculty will vote according to the following recommendations:

  • Do Not Accept into the PhD Program           
  • Continuation to the PhD Program

Minimum Satisfactory Progress for Student Entering without an Approved MA:

Year 1:

  • Predominantly A’s in coursework
  • Successful completion of required and elective coursework
  • Successful performance of teaching/research assistantship responsibilities
  • Demonstration of ethics and a professional attitude, as well as engagement in the intellectual life of the department.
  • Identification of Major Professor
  • Development of thesis topic

Year 2:

  • Predominantly A’s in coursework
  • Successful completion of required and elective courses
  • Successful performance of teaching/research assistantship responsibilities
  • Demonstration of ethics and a professional attitude, as well as engagement in the intellectual life of the department
  • Formation of a thesis committee
  • Defense of a M.A. thesis proposal by November 1 of Fall Semester

Year 3:

  • Predominantly A’s in coursework
  • Successful completion of required and elective coursework
  • Successful performance in teaching/research assistantship responsibilities
  • Demonstration of ethics and a professional attitude, as well as engagement in the intellectual life of the department
  • Completion of M.A. degree no later than November 1 of Fall Semester
  • Preparation of the M.A. thesis and/or other research paper for presentation and publication
  • Formation of comprehensive exam committee

Year 4:

  • Predominantly A’s in coursework
  • Successful completion of required and elective coursework
  • Successful performance in teaching/research assistantship responsibilities
  • Demonstration of ethics and a professional attitude, as well as engagement in the intellectual life of the department.
  • Successful completion of written and oral comprehensive examination. 
  • Submission of at least one paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Consistent progress toward dissertation proposal

Year 5:

  • Predominantly A’s in coursework  (if applicable)
  • Successful completion of required and elective coursework (if applicable)
  • Successful performance in teaching/research assistantship responsibilities
  • Demonstration of ethics and a professional attitude, as well as engagement in the intellectual life of the department
  • Evidence of ongoing efforts to revise/submit research papers for publication
  • Instructor experience in freestanding courses, unless engaged in research assistantship
  • Dissertation proposal defense by April 1.

 

Minimum Satisfactory Progress for Student Entering directly into the PhD program with an Approved MA:

Year 1:

  • Predominantly A’s in coursework
  • Successful completion of required and elective coursework
  • Successful performance of teaching/research assistantship responsibilities
  • Demonstration of ethics and a professional attitude, as well as engagement in the intellectual life of the department.
  • Identification of Major Professor

Year 2:

  • Predominantly A’s in coursework
  • Successful completion of required and elective courses
  • Successful performance of teaching/research assistantship responsibilities
  • Demonstration of ethics and a professional attitude, as well as engagement in the intellectual life of the department.
  • Preparation of the M.A. thesis and/or other research paper for presentation and publication
  • Formation of comprehensive exam committee

Year 3:

  • Predominantly A’s in coursework
  • Successful completion of required and elective coursework
  • Successful performance in teaching/research assistantship responsibilities
  • Demonstration of ethics and a professional attitude, as well as engagement in the intellectual life of the department
  • Submission of at least one paper for publication in a peer-reviewed journal
  • Successful completion of the written and oral comprehensive examination.  

Year 4:

  • Predominantly A’s in coursework
  • Successful completion of required and elective coursework
  • Successful performance in teaching/research assistantship responsibilities
  • Demonstration of ethics and a professional attitude, as well as engagement in the intellectual life of the department.
  • Evidence of on-going efforts to revise/submit research papers for publication
  • Dissertation proposal defense by April 1.

Year 5:

  • Predominantly A’s in coursework  (if applicable)
  • Successful completion of required and elective coursework (if applicable)
  • Successful performance in teaching/research assistantship responsibilities
  • Demonstration of ethics and a professional attitude, as well as engagement in the intellectual life of the department
  • Evidence of on-going efforts to revise/submit research papers for publication
  • Instructor experience in free-standing courses, unless engaged in research assistantship
  • Evidence of on-going efforts toward dissertation project