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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.


With choice of concentration in:

General Sociology
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Environmental Sociology


General Sociology
Criminology and Criminal Justice


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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Pat Mahoney selected as Global Teaching Scholar for Semester at Sea

By Sociology Communications | November 6, 2018

Pat Mahoney has been selected as a Loren W. Crabtree Global Teaching Scholar for the Fall 2020 CSU Semester at Sea (SAS) voyage. Four CSU faculty members are […]

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The Tobin Project awards Pat Hastings the 2018 Prize for Exemplary Work on Inequality and Decision Making

By Sociology Communications | October 26, 2018

The study offers an outstanding examination of how inequality manifests itself in individuals’ day-to-day lives, how individuals react to such inequality, and the possible consequences of their actions for the rest of society.

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KuoRay Mao builds unique partnership of CSU, Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, Research Center for Rural Economy, and NGO Green Camel Bell to address community environmental governance in rural China

By Sociology Communications | September 13, 2018

Since 2014, Dr. KuoRay Mao, Assistant Professor of Sociology, has been an official consultant of Green Camel Bell (GCB), a grassroots environmental NGO based in the Gansu province […]

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Josh Sbicca’s new book examines how food is used in social justice efforts

By Sociology Communications | August 27, 2018

Story by Jeff Dodge. Originally published on SOURCE. CSU faculty member’s new book examines how food is used in social justice efforts Recently the term […]