Submitting an Essay
The Editors and their Advisory Board welcome the submission of papers on literary history, theory, and interpretation, as well as original materials such as letters, journals, and notebooks. PLL defines the word "language" broadly and welcomes submissions on visual and/or digital languages.
Submissions should be a minimum of 15 pages in length. Decisions may take 2-6 months.
Contributors should follow The MLA Style Manual (2008); manuscripts should be free of all identifying information. Two copies must be submitted; only one copy will be returned. Unless a manuscript is accompanied by a stamped, self-addressed envelope, it cannot be returned to the author. Submissions must not be under consideration elsewhere. PLL does not publish unsolicited book reviews.
Submissions may also be made electronically. Address messages to email@example.com and include the word "Submission" followed by a shortened title in the subject line. Attach the essay in the form of a PDF file. Include an abstract of no more than 150 words in the body of the e-mail. Also include a postal mailing address and a phone number.
A note to graduate-student authors: PLL encourages early-career scholars to submit their work and is pleased to publish it. However, unrevised seminar papers are highly unlikely to pass, or even enter, the peer-review process. Prior to sending their work, graduate students should discuss differences between a seminar paper and a journal article with their mentors and seek the mentors' suggestions for a thorough revision. Such a revision will increase the chances of placing the work successfully and/or receiving fruitful reader feedback.
Authors of accepted submissions will be asked to furnish a copy in the form of a Microsoft Word file via email attachment.
All submissions and other correspondence on editorial matters should be sent to the Editors, PLL, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Edwardsville, IL 62026-1434, or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sociology Graduate Admissions Requirements
Admissions Requirements | How To Apply | Application Deadlines
For prospective students who meet the Graduate School admissions requirements, admission in the sociology graduate program is usually routine if students meet the following requirements and standards:
- At least 30 hours in the social sciences (anthropology, political science, economics, psychology, sociology, history)
- At least 21 of these hours must be in sociology;
- Six of these hours must be from (1) Sociological Theory and (2) Sociological Research Methods or Sociological Statistics, with grades of B or better;
- An overall grade point average of at least 2.7 (A = 4.0)
We recognize that prospective students come from a variety of educational backgrounds and we do not want to discourage students who have little background in sociology from joining our program. In the event that you have not met the 21 hour minimum for sociology courses, contact Dr. Sandra Weissinger, Graduate Program Director, about your chances of joining our program.
Office: Peck Hall 1213
How to Apply
Applying to the graduate program in sociology requires 2 steps.
- Step 1. Graduate School
Complete a Graduate School application. Applications are available in the Service Center (Rendleman Hall, Room 1309), the Graduate School (Rendleman Hall, Room 2202) or on the Graduate School website. You must submit an official transcript along with an application fee.
Also, to the graduate school, you must submit a 1-2 page personal statement. This statement helps the department’s Graduate Admissions and Assistantships Committee understand why you wish to pursue studies in sociology. The statement is submitted to the graduate school at the time of your application.
- Step 2. Department of Sociology
The Sociology Department would also like you to submit to us directly a writing sample. We would appreciate a writing sample that demonstrates your writing skills and your sociological competence. Submit writing sample to the Graduate Program Director via email (email@example.com) or snail mail:
Dr. Sandra Weissinger, Graduate Program Director --Department of Sociology
Box 1455, SIUE
Edwardsville, IL 62026-1455
Students may be admitted to the program at the beginning of any semester. Because of course sequencing, we encourage applications for admission in the fall semester. The application deadlines for fall, spring and summer terms are as follows:
- Fall semester: July 10
- Spring semester: November 15
- Summer term: April 1
Please note that if students wish to apply for a graduate assistantship, they must be accepted to the program by the time they apply. The deadline for assistantships is April 15. Click here for more information on department funding.