2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 29, 2023  
2016-2017 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Sociology and Rural Studies

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Mary Emery, Department Head
Department of Sociology and Rural Studies
Scobey Hall 224
E-mail: mary.emery@sdstate.edu


Professor Emery, Department Head; Professors Arwood, Kayongo-Male, Redlin; Distinguished Regental Professor Emeritus R. Wagner; Professor Emeriti Hess, Mendelsohn, Satterlee, Stover; Associate Professor Emeritus Grant; Assistant Professor Schad, Zhang; Lecturer Ahmad; Instructor Schulz.


The Department of Sociology and Rural Studies is a doorway to a number of exciting opportunities for students. They may choose from several programs in which they develop the skills sought by social service, human services, and criminal justice agencies as well as private, government and nonprofit employers. The courses offered by the Department have been organized with two objectives in mind: (1) a sequence for those who may wish to earn an undergraduate major or minor in sociology; and (2) basic service courses that will be of interest and practical help to students in any college.


Sociology (B.A./B.S.)  
Sociology (B.S.) - Teaching Specialization  
Sociology (B.S.) - Human Services Specialization  
Sociology (B.S.) - Human Resources Specialization  
Criminal Justice Minor  
Social and Human Services Minor  
Sociology Minor  
Youth and Community Work Minor  
Graduate Programs*
Sociology (M.S.)
    Community Development Specialization
Sociology (Ph.D.)
* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Facilities and Services

The Sociology Department also administers the Rural Life and Census Data Center, which provides businesses, organizations, news media, and local and county agencies with the latest census and rural life information.

Student Support and Engagement Opportunities

Both graduate and undergraduate students can participate in a number of out of class activities such as clubs, associations and events.

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