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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.

Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen by Dr. Deborah A. Harris & Dr. Patti Giuffre In the Press


"Taking the Heat: Is Foodie Culture Making Room for Female Chefs?" NPR's The Salt

“Taking the Heat: Women Chefs and Gender Inequality in the Professional Kitchen,” Heritage Radio Network, “Eat Your Words” Episode 236,  July 19, 2015, http://heritageradionetwork.org/podcast/eat-your-words-episode-236-taking-the-heat-women-chefs-and-gender-inequality-in-the-professional-kitchen/


“Women Chefs & Gender Inequality in the Kitchen.” HR Hammer. http://www.hrhammer.com/blog/2015/8/4/womenchefs.


“Changing the Boys’ Club” by  Katie Fanuko. FoodService Director magazine. Aug. 15, 2015.


“Are Female Chefs the Key to Happier Kitchens” by Addie Broyles. The Austin American-Statesman. Sept. 1, 2015. http://www.mystatesman.com/news/lifestyles/food-cooking/broyles-are-female-chefs-the-key-to-happier-restau/nnShT/?icmp=statesman_internallink_invitationbox_apr2013_statesmanstubtomystatesmanpremium

Dr. Patti Giuffre

We are pleased to announce the new Graduate Adviser for the Master of Science and Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Sustainability programs: Dr. Patti Giuffre


Dr. Giuffre is currently the Graduate Director for the Department of Sociology. For more information regarding the Interdisciplinary Studies with a concentration in Sustainability programs, please visit http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/sustainability-studies.html

This degree is housed in the Graduate College.


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 fall 2015 applications is July 15, 2015. However, we recommend that applicants complete their application in January 2016, if possible, in order to apply for early financial aid and graduate scholarships (scholarship applications are due 3/1/16).


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/Graduate-Degree.html and the Graduate College  http://www.gradcollege.txstate.edu/, for more information.