The University of California, Santa Barbara provides a unique environment for graduate work in Sociology. Situated on a stunning peninsula on the Pacific Ocean, the university offers a top-tier sociology program with world-renowned faculty. Graduate students benefit from rigorous training in theory and methods and in diverse substantive research areas, including: Conversation AnalysisCulture; Global Studies; Gender and SexualitiesRace, Ethnicity, and Nation; and Social Movements. UCSB’s sociology graduate students have gone on to top jobs at other universities and numerous research, policy, and activist professions. Recent Placements of Graduates.

Graduate study in the UCSB Sociology Department is characterized by several distinctive features. Students have the opportunity to work closely and collaboratively with world-class faculty who are engaged in cutting-edge scholarship. The Department is especially renowned in the areas of gender, sexualities, and feminist theory, the sociology of culture, race and ethnicity, Latina and Latino studies, globalization and its effects, social movements, conversation analysis, and social networks. Students are offered strong training in theory and qualitative and quantitative methodologies, and they are encouraged to range broadly across fields and methodologies. The UCSB campus is known for breaking down traditional disciplinary boundaries, and interdisciplinarity is actively practiced by Sociology faculty and students. Many of our students take seminars, find research opportunities, and connect with additional mentors in other departments. The political relevance of scholarship is widely valued here, and the Sociology Department has a strong tradition of mixing scholarship with activism and concerns for social justice.


2023-24 Graduate Student Handbook

Diversity Statement

Graduate Advising

Director of Graduate Studies
Sarah Thébaud

Graduate Program Advisor
Monica Gascon

3111 Social Sciences & Media Studies

Advising Hours
9:00 to 12:00 & 1:00 to 4:00
Monday – Friday

Contact Info
(805) 893-3328
(805) 893-3324 (Fax)

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What is a filing fee leave of absence?
    filing fee leave of absence is designed for students in their last quarter of completing a PhD or terminal master's degree.  The leave protects your student status, and allows you to complete your final degree requirements (generally file your thesis/dissertation) during the quarter without registering for classes and paying full student fees.  When filing, you would pay a nominal filing fee.
  2. How do I add or drop members from my thesis/dissertation committee?
    Complete Committee Form I-A.  The form is used to add and remove dissertation committee members as necessity dictates. Form I-A is reviewed by the Graduate Division Academic Services and approved by the Department Chair and Graduate Dean.
  3. What is the deadline to advance to candidacy for next quarter?
    Specific deadlines can be found on the Graduate Division Calendar or the Registrar's website.
  4. What is the deadline to register for classes?
    Quarterly deadlines can be found on the Registrar's website.
  5. Where can I get information about UCSB Commencement?
  6. When should I advance to candidacy?
  7. Do you have a list of upcoming grad courses?
    See attachment below (subject to change):