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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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Jeni Cross selected to join WELL Community Advisory

By Sociology Communications | July 13, 2018

Jeni joins a select group of leading industry professionals who will guide the continuous evolution of concepts in the WELL Building Standard™ (WELL™), the premier building rating system focusing exclusively on the impacts of buildings on human health and wellness.

CSU Sociology Faculty co-organize conference in China

By Sociology Communications | June 27, 2018

“The Revitalization and Technological Transformations of Rural Communities: Agricultural Extension, Rural Development, and Agrarian Change in the Developing World” was held in Shanghai on June 24-25. […]

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Fair Trade Institute launches updated online resource collection – Laura Raynolds

By Sociology Communications | June 26, 2018

CFAT’s online service draws on user contributions to provide the world’s most comprehensive collection of fair trade publications, expertise, and resources.

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Stephanie Malin’s environmental justice research published on The Conversation

By Sociology Communications | May 18, 2018

Residents tell researchers they consider themselves powerless to control their surroundings or to protect the environment, their health or their property.