2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Aug 05, 2020  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Sociology & Rural Studies

Mary Emery, Department Head
Department of Sociology and Rural Studies
Hansen Hall 004
E-mail: mary.emery@sdstate.edu



Mary Emery, Meredith Redlin

Assistant Professors

Candace May, Jessica Schad, Julie Yingling, Weiwei Zhang


Patricia Ahmed


Cheryl Hartman, Marlene Schulz


Geoffrey Grant, Donna Hess, Diane Kayongo-Male, Robert Mendelsohn, James Satterlee, Ron Stover


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.




Graduate Programs*

  • Sociology (M.S.)
  • Sociology (M.S.) - Community Development Specialization
  • Sociology (Ph.D.)
  • Native Communities and Economic Development Certificate

* Graduate degrees are offered in collaboration with the Graduate School. For details, see the Graduate Catalog.

Facilities & 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 & Engagement Opportunities

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