Sociology Incoming Graduate Students Fall 2002
The typical student will take 700
(the proseminar), 773 (classical theory), a statistics course, and
one other course for a total of 11 credits. A "credit" is roughly
equivalent to one hour of class time per week. A standard class
is three credits; statistics classes are 4 credits because they
include labs. The proseminar (Soc 700) is one credit. You are not
allowed to enroll in more than 12 credits without filing special
forms with the Graduate School. If you have a teaching or project
assistantship, you are considered full time if you are enrolled
in 6 credits or more.
and most up-to-date information
about fall courses is available via the Internet. Program information
such as requirements etc. can be found at http://www.wisc.edu/grad/
for the Graduate School and http://www.ssc.wisc.edu/soc/
A. Everyone is required to take Soc
700, 1 credit. This will meet on Mondays, 5:30-7:30 pm.
Each week, a different faculty member will give a lecture summarizing
a research area in sociology. Attendance is the only requirement.
This is an important orienting experience.
B. Sociological theory, 773, is required
and most students should take it this fall. A few students entering
from other graduate programs in sociology may qualify for a waiver
on the basis of a prior graduate level course in classical theory.
We examined the transcripts in the application files, and have communicated
with the few people we believe have had such a course. Contact Prof.
Charles Camic (Camic@ssc.wisc.edu)
if you believe you qualify for a waiver and have not been contacted.
If you do receive a waiver,
you will need to execute a formal waiver form for your file, which
you can do after you arrive.
C. We have already communicated with
most of you regarding your statistics placement. Another copy of
this information is enclosed, in case you need it. The placement
can be corrected after you are here. NOTE: If you are waived out
of 361 or 362, you will need to execute a formal waiver form for
your file, which you can do after you arrive.
D. Pick at least one course in sociology
that seems really interesting to you. Look at the course descriptions
and feel free to contact the instructor for more information about
particular courses. You will take courses outside sociology later,
for your minor, but most students should spend their first year
getting to know sociology.
E. Most of you will want to attend
one or more of the area training seminars or "brownbags" listed
on the course descriptions pages. However, except for a few of you
who have formal traineeships who need to take a particular course
to keep your funding, it is not necessary to enroll in these for
credit. If you take a training seminar, take it for only 1 credit.
F. Consult with the faculty in your
areas of particular interest to see if they have recommendations
about course sequences or prerequisites. Demography students should
take 663 (Population and Society) this fall and take Demographic
Techniques (674) in the spring. Demography trainees are required
to enroll in the demography training seminar (997).
G. You need to check the TIMES at
which courses are offered to see that you don't try to take two
courses taught at the same time. We worked very hard to try to eliminate
overlaps among courses graduate students would want to take, but
there are more courses than time slots, and some overlaps inevitably
remain. Please do not ask us to reschedule courses around your needs:
I assure you that any change would just create a new conflict. Remember,
you check times by clicking the  under "go to sections" in the
on-line timetable. Please register for the statistics lab number
you were assigned to. It is usually possible to switch labs later
After you have considered
your course options for fall, you should communicate with me for
advice. I am very easy to reach by email (firstname.lastname@example.org),
and this is usually the best method of communication. However, you
are also welcome to telephone me. I work at home a lot, and you
are welcome to call me at my home at 608-829-3692; you can also
call my office at 608-262-6829. I expect to be out of Madison July
11-22, and may take other short trips out of town. Messages can
be left on the answering machine at home and with a secretary in
the office (after 5 rings).
I will keep the Graduate Program Assistant, Sandy Ramer, informed
of my schedule should unforseen circumstances arises or in case
you have difficulty reaching me. Please call her at 608-262-3805
during business hours (roughly 9 am - 5 pm Monday through Friday)
if you are having difficulty contacting me. There are many questions
which she can answer without me.
Once we have decided what is available
and what you should take, you are set to formally register. In the
middle of June you will receive information from the Registrar's
Office regarding how to register by touch-tone phone. New graduate
students will be able to register in July, according to your assigned
time. You must actually
do the touchtone telephone registration to be enrolled in the classes
you want to take. If you do not do it over the summer,
you will have to do it after you are in Madison. We are reserving
seats for you, but cannot enroll or pre-register you.
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