Iowa State University

Department of Sociology
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The Department offers work for the degrees of master of science and doctor of philosophy in sociology or rural sociology. Graduates have a broad understanding of sociology, address complex societal problems, and communicate directly with scientific colleagues and the general public. Graduate students choose a Ph.D. concentration area "Social & Economic Disparities" under which Sociology of Families would lie. This emphasis offers students advanced training in the sociology of family, intimate relationships, and life course using both qualitative and quantitative techniques. The primary objective of the concentration is to prepare students for careers in teaching, research, and/or practice (e.g., social services, government) in the area of family. Another objective is to assist students for whom sociology of families is a secondary area of study in their efforts to meaningfully address family related issues within their primary fields (e.g., community studies, criminology, social psychology). Teaching and research assistantships are available.

Program Overview
Program Administrator
Dr. Paul Lasley
Department Emphasis
  • 35% Social & Economic Disparities
  • 25% Agricultre & Development
  • 40% Criminology & Criminal Justice
Campus Enrollment
36,660
Program Options
  • Doctoral
Department Address

103 East Hall
Ames, IA 50011
United States

Phone Number
515-294-6480
Graduate Program
Graduate Director
Dr. Susan Stewart
Graduate Courses Offered
  • Social Psychology: A Sociological Perspective
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
  • Social Stratification
  • Theories of Social Deviance
  • Current Research in Family Sociology
  • Current Topics in Family Sociology
Doctoral Level
Doctoral Program Options
  • Sociology of Families
Doctoral Comments

The Ph.D. concentration in Sociology of Families is concerned with the complexity and dynamics of contemporary families and intimate relationsships focusing on family processes over the life course, historical changes in family life and social psychological and demographic processes that influence families. Primary objective is to prepare students for careers in teaching, research, and/or practice (e.g., social services, government) in the area of family. Another objective is to assist students for whom sociology of families is a secondary area of study in their efforts to meaningfully address family related issues within their primary fields (e.g., community studies, criminology, social psych).

CFLE Information

NCFR recognizes schools offering undergraduate and graduate degree programs with course work that follows the Standards and Criteria required for approval as a Provisional Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE). NCFR approval allows the school to offer their graduates the opportunity to apply for Provisional Certification using the Abbreviated Application process. The CFLE Checklist represents the courses that meet the CFLE criteria at that school. Students must complete all the courses on a checklist in order to qualify to apply for the CFLE designation through the Abbreviated Application process.