1. Students must complete a bachelor's degree, preferably with a major in Sociology. Students without an undergraduate Sociology major may be admitted under the condition that they take additional course work in sociology.
2. Students must have competitive scores on the Graduate Record Examination (GRE). GRE scores over five years old will not be accepted.
3. Students must have a minimum 3.0 grade point average for the last 60 credits of undergraduate work leading to the bachelor's degree.
4. Students must submit, directly to the Department of Sociology, a Statement of Purpose (500 to 1000 words in length, outlining their goals and interests in subject areas within sociology) and a sample of their writing (a paper from an undergraduate course would be acceptable).
5. Sociology majors at Florida Atlantic University should submit the names of two sociology faculty members as their references. All other students must obtain two letters of recommendation sent directly to the Department of Sociology by references.
APPLYING FOR A GRADUATE TEACHING ASSISTANTSHIP
The Department of Sociology offers graduate teaching assistantships to outstanding students. These assistantships provide students with a full tuition waiver (for three classes per term) plus a stipend of $4000 per term in return for their work as assistants to the teaching faculty or as teachers in their own sections of SYG 1000 (Sociological Perspectives). Students who are awarded a GTA (graduate teaching assistantship) have the opportunity to work closely with the faculty on their courses and make a significant contribution to the quality of the courses offered to both lower and upper division students. In their second year, some students who hold assistantships teach their own sections of SYG 1000 under the supervision and with the mentoring of one of the department's outstanding instructors.
A GTA is deeply involved in the life of the department, as the position requires full-time enrollment (three seminars) and about twenty hours per week of involvement in teaching. The Department provides GTA's with a dedicated workspace near the Department's office suite in the CU building, as well as a range of professional development opportunities.
If the GTA's work in both the assistantship and the graduate program is satisfactory, the assistantship is offered for the four terms necessary to complete the degree.
The assistantship includes a full waiver of tuition plus a stipend; students are responsible to pay all student fees.
DEADLINES FOR APPLICATIONS FOR ADMISSION AND ASSISTANTSHIPS
Students may apply for admission at any point in the year and, if accepted, may begin study in Fall or Spring term. Applicants seeking a Graduate Teaching Assistantship may wish to defer admission until Fall term, when assistantships are most likely to be available.
The review of applications begins mid-semester in Fall and Spring term. Those who apply after May 1 may be admitted to the graduate program for the Fall term, but may be too late to be considered for an assistantship award. Early applications are encouraged.