Mary Emery, Department Head
Meredith Redlin, Professor/Graduate Coordinator
Department of Sociology and Rural Studies
Hansen Hall 004
The Department of Sociology and Rural Studies has a long proud history of service and educational excellence at South Dakota State University. In keeping with the Land-grant mission, the department is active in education, research and outreach.
The Department of Sociology and Rural Studies offers several graduate programs including onsite Master’s and PhD degree which offers students the opportunity to concentrate in one of three areas of emphasis: Demography, Community and Environment, and Social Justice. Each area offers exciting opportunities for students to work with faculty to develop skills in research, teaching, and applied or public sociology. The M.S. in Sociology - Community Development Specialization is an interdisciplinary, multi-institution online program focused on community development.
The Sociology Department also administers the State Census Data Center, which provides businesses, organizations, news media, and local and county agencies with the latest census and rural life information.
Patricia Ahmed, Lecturer
Mary Emery, Department Head and Professor
Candace May, Assistant Professor
Meredith Redlin, Professor
Jessica Schad, Assistant Professor
Julie Yingling, Assistant Professor
Weiwei Zhang, Assistant Professor
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