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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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Michael Carolan awarded Fulbright Distinguished Chair

By Sociology Communications | May 2, 2019

Dr. Michael Carolan has been selected for a Fulbright Distinguished Chair Award. This is among the most prestigious appointments in the Fulbright Scholar Program and […]

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Prabha Unnithan elected president of the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

By Sociology Communications | March 29, 2019

Unnithan has been a faculty member at CSU since 1987. His research and teaching involve a range of topics related to criminology and criminal justice.

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Jeni Cross, Hannah Love and IRISS offer social science research to CSU faculty

By Sociology Communications | March 20, 2019

Story by Jeff Dodge. Originally published on SOURCE. For social science research, CSU faculty can now pick IRISS For social science research, CSU faculty can […]

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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 […]