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Student Life

The Sociology Student Association (SSA) advocates for student interest in the Sociology Program. This is done through serving on program committees, organizing SSA meetings, and organizing events for students.

To see the list of current SSA committee representatives check out the SSA committee list. The SSA Constitution is also available here

SSA uses Slack and the GC Sociology Listserv to keep in touch, share tips, and pass along opportunities for grants or jobs. To join Slack follow this link. Email, and we'll add you to the Google Group that acts as our listserv.

The SSA website is under construction, but will also provide information to students about life in the program. Some content is only viewable to current students who are logged into (a GC student funded open source web platform for students interested in making websites). You can use OpenCUNY to participate on the SSA site as well as making your own academic, research, or conference site.

Student Groups

Working Groups (Workshops)  

Sociology Students Association

The Bob Alford Library

The Bob Alford Library, located in the lounge of the Sociology Program, provides a great resource to students. To borrow one of the books, or search the catalog go to and log in with the username alfordlibrary and the password gcsociology. 

Once you are logged in you can search for books, and when you would like to borrow one edit the tag for the book to say "checked out" and then your name or email. 

Please be respectful and remember to eventually return your books and put them back on the shelf that they belong.

Student Handbook

The Graduate Center Student Handbook (2020-2021)

Sociology Student Handbook

Other Resources

Dissertation Proposal Guidelines

Professional Development Timeline for Sociology Doctoral Students

Dissertation Deposit Procedures

Roxanne Shirazi, Dissertation Research Librarian, has created a guide with full instructions about the deposit procedures. Please direct graduating students to 


Forms for Students

Dissertation Committee Validation Form

Orals Committee Validation Form

Dissertation Proposal Cover Sheet

En-Route MA Application

Registration Approval (PIN) Form

IRB Dissertation Clearance Form

International Travel Requirements for Current Students

Curricular Practical Training Request Form

Adjunct Teaching Bank Form


Fellowships and Grants

Spotlight on Grants & Funding

Click HERE to view more funding opportunities.