The Stanford Sociology Doctoral Program: Dissertation
At the choice of the student (and in consultation with her or his advisor), the dissertation requirement may be met either by:
- Submitting the usual book-length document of the sort now required; or
- Submitting three independent papers.
The latter papers may address the same topic, but should be written as stand-alone, single-authored papers in standard journal format (i.e., AJS or ASR). None of these papers may overlap substantially with the second-year paper or with one another. (The main criterion in judging “substantial overlap” is whether any standard journal, such as AJS, would regard the papers as too similar to publish both.)
The final dissertation must be submitted to all committee members at least 30 days in advance of the filing deadline.