Appendices

Appendix 1: Timeline for the Doctoral Program 

The Graduate Committee will consider compliance with the following timelines in its annual student evaluation each Spring. Students are encouraged to consult this timeline as they complete their annual self-evaluation. 

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First Year
  • Complete two semesters of Soc 300a, as well as five other courses.
  • Teaching: No TF in the Fall. TF in the Spring (for students fully funded through the Sociology Department). 
  • Petitions: End of the year, petition to designate your advisor moving forward.
  • First year: Upon completion of six or more courses, students are eligible to submit a Master's research paper or complete the Master's exam in application for the MA degree (see description of MA in Sociology). 
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Second Year
  • Complete two semesters of Soc 300a, as well as five other courses.
  • Teaching: One TF per semester (fully funded students). Between your second and fourth years, speak with faculty about RF opportunities. 
  • By April 1st, initiate the QPD process: two QPD Committee members and corresponding areas of study designated and approved. 
  • Petitions: Students requesting transfer credit from courses taken at other universities prior to matriculating at Brandeis should submit a petition to the Graduate Committee during the Fall semester. 
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Third Year
  • Complete two semesters of Soc 300a, as well as four other courses. By the end of second semester, seminar requirement should be fulfilled, and a publishable research paper should have been submitted to a peer-reviewed academic journal.
  • Teaching: One TF per semester (fully funded students)
  • By December 1st: third QPD committee member and area designated. Petition to the Graduate Committee for your QPD Committee. 
  • By April 1st: Student reports to QPD Committee Chair on progress to date. 
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Fourth Year
  • Teaching: One TF in the Fall semester, one RF in Spring semester (fully funded students). By the end of first semester, students should submit a petition to the Graduate Committee describing the RF project. 
  • By December 1st: Defend Qualifying Portfolio.
  • By May 1st: Write and defend dissertation prospectus. Petition Graduate Committee with Prospectus Committee before the prospectus date. 
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Fifth Year

Fifth Year

  • Teaching: No TF (fully funded students). Students are encouraged to work full-time on the research and writing of their dissertations.
  • Students are also encouraged to apply for funding, through Brandeis and more broadly, to support dissertation writing in their sixth year.  
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Sixth Year and Beyond

Sixth Year and Beyond

  • Write and defend dissertation. Students reminded to petition the Graduate Committee with changes to their Dissertation Committee, including adding an outside reader to the committee. 

Appendix 2: Calendar of PhD Evaluation Points

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Anytime of the Year

Evaluated whenever work is submitted. 

Possible Sanctions: Inform student of their progress. Warn of problems. 

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Each Spring- Annual General Evaluation Meeting

Review of progress based on student self-assessment, teaching evaluations, and in some circumstances, examples of written work. Feedback from the advisor and other faculty is also solicited. 

Possible Sanctions: Warning, with or without funding contingencies. 

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Voluntary (MA Submission)

For adequarte consideration, should be submitted in time to read before desired degree deadline. 

Possible Sanctions: Submissions are judged soley on whether or not they are worthy of an MA degree. 

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By December 1st of Fourth Year
Final Qualifying Portfolio and Defense Committee meeting. 
Possible Sanctions: Without accreditation, students cannot go on to qualify for PhD.
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By May 1st of Fourth Year

PhD prospectus. 

Possible Sanctions: It may not be approved or accepted by committee.

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Fifth Year (Any Time)

PhD disseration and PhD defense.

Possible Sanctions: It may not be approved or accepted by the committee, or may require revisions. 

Appendix 3: PhD Degree Checklist 

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Checklist (also available on Latte)
  1. Apply to graduate and submit accompanying fee approximately by Nov. 1 for a Feb degree, March 1 for a May degree, and June 22 for an August degree; see the current Handbook for exact deadlines

2. Petition Graduate Committee for outside Dissertation Committee member at least one month before dissertation defense

3. Request Sociology Department Administrator announce defense and whether dissertation will be available in paper or electronic format at least one week before announcement is to go out

4. Announce defense at least two weeks before dissertation defense

5. Make dissertation available either in electronic form on Latte or in paper form in the Sociology Department office at least two weeks before dissertation defense

6. Submit Dissertation Examination Committee (DEC) form, signed by the Sociology Department DGS, to GSAS at least two weeks before dissertation defense

7. Defend the dissertation approximately by Dec. 8 for a February degree, March 29 for a May degree, and July 27 for an August degree; see the current Handbook for the exact deadlines

8. Have Dissertation Committee sign Dissertation Defense Form and Signature Page at the defense

9. Submit copy of Dissertation Defense Form to Sociology Department Administrator immediately following defense

10. Submit original Dissertation Defense Form to Registrar immediately following defense

11. Submit Signature Page to GSAS immediately following defense

12. Submit copy of completed Report on PhD Revisions form to Sociology Department Administrator (if revisions are required) when Dissertation Committee has approved revisions

13. Submit original completed Report on PhD Revisions form to Registrar (if revisions are required) when Dissertation Committee has approved revisions

14. Submit dissertation to GSAS approximately by Jan. 17 for a February degree, April 19 for a May degree, and August 9 for an August degree; see the current Handbook for the exact deadlines

15. Complete GSAS Exit Survey and Survey of Earned Doctorates by dissertation submission deadline

Appendix 4: QPD Areas

Modified from American Sociological Association Current Sections http://www.asanet.org/sections/list.cfm

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Areas
  • Aging and the Life Course
  • Alcohol, Drugs, and Tobacco
  • Altruism, Morality and Social Solidarity
  • Animals and Society
  • Asia and Asian America
  • Body and Embodiment
  • Children and Youth
  • Communication and Media
  • Community Sociology
  • Comparative and Historical Sociology
  • Consumers and Consumption
  • Criminology
  • Culture
  • Demography
  • Development
  • Deviance
  • Disability
  • Economic Sociology
  • Education
  • Emotions
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Ethnomethodology
  • Evolution and Biology
  • Family
  • Gender
  • Global and Transnational Sociology
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration
  • Inequality
  • Labor
  • Latino/a Sociology
  • Law
  • Marxist Sociology
  • Mathematical Sociology
  • Medical Sociology
  • Mental Health
  • Methodology
  • Organizations
  • Peace, War, and Social Conflict
  • Political Economy of the World-System
  • Political Sociology
  • Race, Gender, and Class
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Rationality and Society
  • Religion
  • Science, Knowledge, and Technology
  • Sexualities
  • Social Movements and Collective Action
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Theory
  • Urban Sociology
  • Work and Occupations