Course Description

                Students entering the graduate program in sociology are required to take Soci 6190 in their first year in the program.  The purpose of the seminar is to help you develop the skills necessary to succeed as a professional sociologist.  These skills include submitting manuscripts for publication, responding to criticisms and comments, understanding the grants process, becoming a good teacher, and effectively presenting at conferences.  Instruction is largely oral, being passed on presentations by faculty members, graduate students, and other members of the academic community.

                We meet weekly for the entire academic year.  Prior to each session, you are expected to review the web page and Vita of the person who will be presenting.  You are expected to ask questions and generally participate in the discussions.  Every student must speak at least once each session.


                Pass/Fail.  Attendance is required.


August 18:            Introduction to the Department, University, and Profession (Cooney)

August 25:            I Wish I Knew That My First Year (Second Year Students)

August 31:            Introduction to the Library (Library staff)             

September 7:        Labor Day (no class)

September 14:     The TA Experience (Tim, Jeff, Matt)

September 21:     Time Management (Elizabeth Culatta)

September 28:     Work-Life Balance (Britta and Arialle)

October 5:             Management Tools (Dr. Jeremey Reynolds)

October 12:          The Writing Center (go there)

October 19:          Mentoring and Collaboration: Faculty Perspective (Leslie and Sarah)

October 26:          Mentoring and Collaboration: Graduate Student Perspective (Eric + Kait)

November 2:         No class: Fall Break

November 9:         Individual Meetings with students

November 16:       Individual Meetings with students

November 23:       Thanksgiving Break

November 30:       Open Session