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Graduate Program

Graduate Advisor:  Melissa Leizear (
Graduate Coordinator: Dr. Patricia Richards (

The doctoral program in the Department of Sociology is located at the University of Georgia in Athens.  UGA is consistently ranked as one of the top 20 public institutions in the United States and thus offers students a wide variety of resources needed for a successful graduate career.  The department offers students training that ready them for careers in teaching and research. All students receive preparation in sociological theory, research methods, statistics, and teaching sociology. In addition, our faculty offers specific course instruction and one-on-one training in a variety of areas within sociology which include:

  • Crime, law, and deviance
  • Family, Life Course, and Aging
  • Gender and inequality
  • Latin American society
  • Medical sociology, physical and mental health
  • Politics, culture, and social change
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Social psychology
  • Work, occupations, and organizations