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Sociology offers a minor for current doctoral students in other Stanford departments and schools

PhD Minor


Students must complete a minimum of 30 graduate-level units with a grade point average (GPA) of 3.0 (B) or better. All 30 units for the minor must be in courses taught by faculty appointed in the Sociology department. Students must enroll in the SOC course offerings (not cross-listed sections).

There are two exceptions: five (5) of these units may be taken as an independent study or directed reading with a member of the sociology faculty; another five (5) units may be taken in a statistics or methods course taught in another department. All units must be taken for a letter grade. Workshops and colloquium do not count towards the Ph.D. minor.

The program must be approved by a Sociology adviser and filed with the Sociology student services office. While there is not a formal application process, candidates must submit a short statement of purpose (2 pages) to the Student Services Manager, and a completed  Application for Ph.D. Minor form via Axess. The Application for Ph.D. Minor form must have all Sociology or other courses to be applied to the minor listed, including course number, units, and final grades.