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Department of Sociology

Welcome to the Department of Sociology!l

If you would like more info on our program, please e-mail sociology@txstate.edu or call us at 512.245.2113.


The  M.S. in Dementia and Aging Studies degree (MSDA) is a 33-hour online degree. It is interdisciplinary (with courses from Sociology, Long Term Care, Social Work, and Communication Disorders) and housed in the sociology department. Successfully completing the MSDA will be useful for anyone who currently works or wants to work with the aged community, or conduct research on dementia and aging. This innovative program will produce graduates who can manage various communities, programs, agencies and organizations for the growing aging population, or conduct research on dementia, gerontology, and aging. According to the U.S. Census, the number of elderly has surpassed the number of teenagers for the first time ever in the United States. Because of this significant demographic change, there are more jobs available for people to help and work with elders, and a need for more scholarly research about aging and the aged.  The deadline for summer and fall 2015 applications is March 15, 2015. However, we recommend that applicants complete their application in January 2015, if possible, in order to apply for early financial aid and graduate scholarships (scholarship applications are due 3/1/15).


If you have questions, please contact Dr. Patti Giuffre, Director of Graduate Programs in the Sociology department (pg07@txstate.edu). Visit our webpages on graduate programs  http://www.soci.txstate.edu/degrees-programs/graduate.html and the Graduate College  http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/, for more information.

“Facing the Future: Revolutionizing the Care of Persons with Dementia”
Seminar and Lecture by Dr. G. Allen Power
October 31, 2014

Sociology Club Kickball 2014

3383 Easter Party

The Sociology 3383 - Aging and Society students and the Department of Sociology, sponsored an Easter Party for the residents of Springtown Villa (an assisted living facility) in San Marcos.  On Friday the students decorated and filled Easter Eggs with candy and gift goodies. The party was held on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Activities included an Easter egg hunt for the residents, lunch with the residents, a scavenger hunt and ended with a story-telling hour where the residents talked with the students about their lives.  Thirty-four students participated giving 152 hours of volunteer service.

Dr. Sally Caldwell

In Memory of Dr. Sally Caldwell

Friends/Alumni of the Texas State Community: If you don't already know, our dear colleague, Dr. Sally Caldwell, passed away Friday, January 31st. The department held a memorial service at 3:00 PM Friday, February 21st, at UMC-Wesley/Christ Chapel Campus Ministry Center at Texas State University. 

We are all very saddened by this news. She was a deeply loved member of the sociology department, the university, the city of San Marcos, and especially Wimberley and the village of Woodcreek.