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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 on CSU’s food supply task force providing rapid-response research for COVID-19

By Sociology Communications | April 23, 2020

Originally appeared in SOURCE. Article by Anne Manning. Food supply task force at CSU providing rapid-response research for COVID-19 During a global pandemic that changes […]

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Elena Windsong and Tara Opsal honored as Faculty Institute for Inclusive Excellence Fellows

By Sociology Communications | February 27, 2020

Joyce McConnell, President of CSU, and Shannon Archibeque-Engle, Assistant Vice President for Strategic Initiatives and Assessment in the Vice President for Diversity office, recognized Tara […]

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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 […]