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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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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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CSU’s Food Systems Institute brings interdisciplinary work to one table

By Sociology Communications | May 3, 2022

The new CIOSU will work to advance University efforts toward strengthening the economic, environmental, cultural and social foundations of the state’s local and regional food systems.

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Tara Opsal selected as Career Impact Award recipient by CSU’s Career Center

By Sociology Communications | March 9, 2022

Dr. Tara Opsal has been selected as a 2022 Career Impact Award recipient by CSU’s Career Center. This award recognizes students, staff, faculty, employers, and alumni […]