DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY

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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

Minor:
General Sociology
Criminology and Criminal Justice

Certificate:
Sociological Research Methods

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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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 […]

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KuoRay Mao receives sabbatical funding from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation

By Sociology Communications | September 23, 2021

Dr. KuoRay Mao is the recipient of an American Region Scholar Grant from the Chiang Ching-Kuo Foundation, the most prominent and prestigious grant-giving foundation among […]

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RSS honors Michael Carolan with “Rural Sociology Best Paper Award”

By Sociology Communications | September 1, 2021

Dr. Michael Carolan received the 2020 Rural Sociology Best Paper Award for his paper “The Rural Problem: Justice in the Countryside.” His paper and $1,000 […]