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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

*also offered through CSU Online

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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Stephanie Malin’s team receives $2 million DOE award to study spent nuclear fuel storage

By Sociology Communications | August 18, 2023

As part of a U.S. Department of Energy study, CSU is partnering with Boise State University to research how to improve the approach of locating these storage facilities by encouraging meaningful community engagement and participation in decision-making to enhance environmental equity.

Case closed: CSU criminologist retires after 35 years investigating society’s dark side

By Sociology Communications | May 12, 2023

Sociology Professor Prabha Unnithan spent more than three decades researching the behavioral and theoretical aspects of criminal behavior and the criminal justice system.

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Michael Carolan wins international Business Impact Award for A Decent Meal

By Sociology Communications | October 27, 2022

Michael Carolan received the Frankfurt Book Fair’s getAbstract 2022 International Book Award for Business Impact. Carolan was flown to Germany in October and honored during […]