Digital Sociology Concentration
Digital Sociology studies how inequalities are reproduced and enhanced in online spaces. Our program is skill-based, focusing on both the technological and theoretical skills needed to study the digital world.
Digital Sociology has four main components:
- Professional digital practice: Use digital tools as part of professional practice – build networks, construct e-portfolios, build online profiles, publicize and share research
- Analyze digital technology use: Researching the ways in which people's use of digital technologies configures their sense of self and their embodiment of social relations, the role of digital media in the creation or reproduction of social institutions and structures
- Digital data analysis: Use naturally occurring digital data for social research
- Critical praxis: Reflexive analysis of digital technologies and power with informed social and cultural theory
Coursework for the digital sociology concentration is completed as part of the M.S. in Sociology degree.
Contemporary Sociological Theory
Introduction to Social Statistics
Sociological Research Methods
Applications of Sociological Research Methods
Digital Research Methods and Designs
Seminar in Sociological Practice (Part 1)
Data Visualization and Analysis
Seminar in Sociological Practice (Part 2)
Ready to apply to the master’s program? Follow the instructions on the VCU Graduate Admissions website. In addition to the materials required by graduate admissions (transcripts, application, and application fee), the Department of Sociology also requires a personal statement, a writing sample, and three letters of recommendation.
Digital Sociology Lab
The Digital Sociology Lab is a research lab that provides skill-based training to students and faculty through workshops and hands-on research experience. We are dedicated to producing and disseminating rigorous research on the digital to inform policies, programs, and theories that will combat digital divides, digital inequalities, and their effects
Meredith Katz, Ph.D.
Graduate Program Director
Phone: (804) 828-4028