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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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Mao award

KuoRay Mao receives Outstanding Article Award from The American Society of Criminology (ASC) Division on Critical Criminology & Social Justice (DCCSJ)

By Sociology Communications | October 25, 2019

KuoRay Mao was awarded The American Society of Criminology (ASC) Division on Critical Criminology & Social Justice’s (DCCSJ) Outstanding Article Award for his work “The Treadmill […]

Hastings receiving award

ASA awards Pat Hastings 2019 Family Section Article of the Year Award

By Sociology Communications | June 15, 2019

Pat Hastings and co-authors Daniel Schneider and Joe LaBriola, both at University of California-Berkeley, have been awarded the American Sociological Association (ASA) 2019 Family Section Article of […]

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Michael Carolan awarded Fulbright Distinguished Chair

By Sociology Communications | May 2, 2019

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