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Sociology at CSU

Our nationally and internationally-renowned Sociology faculty are accessible and committed to doing teaching and research that matter. We prepare our students to effectively examine how broad social structural processes connect and shape individual and group behavior and – simultaneously – how we as individuals together shape and structure broader processes of change.

The challenges facing our world today are increasingly and increasingly global. Our discipline offers the critical analytical, research and communication skills sought by employers looking for people who can successfully navigate complex situations, work in teams and make solid professional contributions to effective solutions. Sociology offers students virtually unlimited opportunities for to make a positive difference.

B.A. with choice of concentration in:
General Sociology
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Environmental Sociology

General Sociology
Criminology and Criminal Justice

Sociological Research Methods

M.A. and Ph.D. in Sociology focusing on Social Change with emphases in:

Environment and Natural Resources
Food, Agriculture and Development
Crime, Law, and Deviance
Social Inequality, Social Justice, and Governance

Research, Outreach & Engagement

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Workers at a Fairtrade certified flower farm in Ecuador

Laura Raynolds’ research on women in Ecuador’s flower sector featured by Fairtrade International

By Sociology Communications | February 11, 2021

Laura Raynolds‘ paper “Gender equity, labor rights, and women’s empowerment: lessons from Fairtrade certification in Ecuador flower plantations” was published by Agriculture and Human Values […]

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IWBI advisor Jeni Cross & team release Global Research Agenda linking buildings & spaces with health & humans

By Sociology Communications | January 26, 2021

In July 2018, Jeni Cross was selected as an advisor for International WELL Building Institute. In January 2021, IWBI released her group’s innovative report linking […]

A Call for Racial Justice

New Social Justice and Equity Committee Working Group launched

By Sociology Communications | June 12, 2020

In June 2020, CSU Sociology faculty created this Call for Racial Justice. They also established the department’s new Social Justice and Equity Committee Working Group […]