Sociolinguistics Specialty in the Sociology Graduate Program

The Faculty of the Graduate Program in Sociology in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology and the Faculty of the Sociolinguistics Program in the Department of English at NC State are pleased to announce the creation of a Sociolinguistics Specialty for PhD students in the Sociology Program. Students select two specialties from the current Sociology Program options, one of which may be Sociolinguistics. More information about the Ph.D. in Sociology can be found at http://sociology.chass.ncsu.edu/graduate/sociology. Applications for admission for the 2013 fall semester are due January 1, 2013. Information about application can be found at the Department of Sociology and Anthropology’s website. The four-year curriculum for students entering with an MA degree is given below. A limited number of teaching assistantships and research assistantships are available to qualified students.

​Core Courses in Sociolinguistics and Sociology

Students in the Sociolinguistics Specialty Area are expected to complete core requirements in Sociological Theory and Methods. Students will select another specialty area from those currently offered in the Sociology graduate program (Crime, Deviance, and Social Control; Family and Life Course; Food and Environment; Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender; or Work and the Global Economy) to complement their Sociolinguistics Specialty Area.  At least nine hours will be taken in the designated specialty area and at least nine hours will be taken in Sociolinguistics, though it is expected that additional hours will be taken in order to assure comprehensive knowledge of the field.

Curriculum

Students will complete the following courses in Core Areas:

  • SOC 701  Classical Theory
  • SOC 707  Quantitative Sociological Analysis                    
  • SOC 711  Research Methods
  • SOC 713  Applied Research

Students will take two of the following courses:

  • SOC 508  Social Organization
  • SOC 702  Contemporary Theory
  • SOC 703  Theory Construction
  • SOC 704  Feminist Thought

An outside course may be substituted for one of these courses with the approval of the student’s committee and the Director of Graduate Programs.  At least one of these two courses must be a SOC course. 

Students will also take two of the following courses:

  • SOC 708  Advanced Quantitative Analysis
  • SOC 712  Advanced Survey Methods
  • SOC 715  Qualitative Analysis
  • ANT 516  Qualitative Analysis

An outside course may be substituted for one of these courses with the approval of the student’s committee and the Director of Graduate Programs.  At least one of these two courses must be a SOC course.

Doctoral students select two areas of specialization.  They must pass at least three courses and a preliminary examination in each of the two areas.  Designated Areas of Specialization consist of the following:

  • Crime, Deviance, and Social Control
  • Family and Life Course
  • Food and Environment
  • Inequality: Class, Race, and Gender
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Work and the Global Economy

The Sociolinguistics Specialty

The following courses are to be offered in the Sociolinguistics Specialty:

  • ENG 523  Language Variation Research Seminar
  • ENG 525  Variety in Language
  • ENG 526  History Of the English Language
  • ENG 527  Discourse Analysis
  • ENG 528  Language Change Research Seminar
  • ENG 532  Narrative Analysis
  • ENG 533  Bilingualism and Language Contact
  • ENG 534  Quantitative Analysis in Sociolinguistics
  • ENG 535  Sociolinguistic Methods
  • ENG 584  Special Topics in Linguistics
  • ENG 722  Linguistics and Literacy
  • ENG 729  Language Variation and Social Theory
  • ENG 730 Ethnolinguistic Variation
  • ENG 731 Applied Sociolinguistics 

Suggested 4-year Plan (For students entering with an MA in linguistics or a related field

Fall Semester Year 1

SOC601 (Proseminar)
SOC701 (Classical Theory)
SOC713 (Quantitative Methods I)
Substantive elective

Spring Semester Year 1

SOC707 (Quantitative Methods II)
SOC711 (Research Methods)
Methods or theory elective

Fall Semester Year 2

Methods or theory elective
Substantive elective
Form dissertation committee

Spring Semester Year 2

Substantive elective
Methods or theory elective

Get approval for dissertation project

Fall Semester Year 3

Methods or theory elective
Dissertation hours
Take first written prelim exam

Spring Semester Year 3

Dissertation hours
Take second written prelim exam
Complete dissertation proposal

Schedule oral prelim exam

Fall Semester Year 4

Dissertation hours
Work on dissertation


Spring Semester Year 4

Dissertation hours
Complete dissertation
Final oral exam
Receive Ph.D. degree

 For more information, please contact:

Dr. Walt Wolfram