Frequently Asked Questions

Am I eligible to apply for the Ph.D. program in Sociology?

You are eligible for admission to graduate programs at Harvard if you have either 1) completed a bachelor’s degree from a U.S. college or university accredited by a regional accrediting association; or 2) completed an international degree that is equivalent to a U.S. bachelor’s degree from a college or university of recognized standing. Students who are unsure of the U.S. equivalency of their degree(s) should consult a reputable credential evaluation service.

Contemporary Ethnography and Inequality Workshop

The Contemporary Ethnography and Inequality Workshop advances cutting-edge, socially significant, and novel ethnographic work addressing social, economic, and political inequality. The workshop circulates, appraises, and critically evaluates research presented by leading scholars as well as works-in-progress by graduate students rigorously pursuing ethnographic inquiry and methods. The workshop is open to students and faculty from across the University as well as faculty and students from nearby Boston and Cambridge universities. While regular attendance is the norm, visitors are welcome...

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Contemporary Studies of Race & Ethnicity (SOC 3321)

The Contemporary Studies of Race & Ethnicity (CSRE) workshop's purpose is to provide a forum to disseminate knowledge and facilitate dialogue among graduate students, faculty, and visiting scholars working on or interested in research about contemporary studies related to race & ethnicity. Though the Sociology department hosts the workshop, we seek to bring scholars together across disciplines to explore topics such as ethno-racial hierarchies, racial attitudes, and intergroup relations, as well as the role of race in institutions, politics, and everyday life. The workshop will...

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Culture and Social Analysis Workshop (SOC 3304)

The Culture and Social Analysis workshop's purpose is to bring together, and facilitate exchange between, faculty, graduate students, and visitors working on a range of topics pertaining to the study of cultural products, forms, and processes. We encourage each participant to circulate a paper in progress and to discuss various aspects of his/her work. We also host a number of outside speakers; local, national, and international. Racial identity, poverty and inequality, collective memory, meaning-making, symbolic boundaries, cultural capital, class culture, disciplinary cultures,...

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Do I need to take the GRE?

Yes. The GRE is required of all applicants to the graduate program in Sociology. Per University policy, GRE scores are valid for 5 years from the date of the test.