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Message from the Chair

Dr. Chad Smith, Chair of Sociology
Dr. Chad L. Smith, Associate Professor and Chair

Welcome to the website for the Department of Sociology at Texas State University.  I thank you for visiting and I want to introduce you to our department and programs.

The faculty in the Department of Sociology are dedicated to providing the highest quality education to both our undergraduate and graduate students.  We are well known for our student-centered focus and our ability to work closely with students in achieving their academic goals.  Our programs tackle the big questions facing complex, modern social systems, while also supplying our students with an array of practical skills (statistical techniques, analytical skills, internships…etc).

The sociology faculty engage in cutting-edge research on some of society’s most pressing issues including health, aging and dementia, globalization, inequality, and sustainability and the environment.  Our faculty are leader researchers in their fields and are recognized for their important contributions to sociological knowledge.

Our department is undergoing numerous changes, including the launch of the online M.S. in Dementia and Aging Studies, the only degree of its kinds in the United States.  The department now oversees the new interdisciplinary M.S. and M.A. in Sustainability Studies.  We continually strive to improve our B.A. in Sociology and B. S. in Applied Sociology and the M.A. in Sociology and the M.S. in Applied Sociology.  At both the undergraduate and graduate levels we strive to provide educational opportunities enabling our students to embrace their “sociological imagination.”

The department is grateful to Dr. Susan Day, who recently stepped down as chair of the department after 18 years, for her leadership and dedication to the department.  While the department is experiencing a number of changes and welcoming new faces, we maintain our commitment to high quality undergraduate and graduate education.

Again, I thank you for visiting our departmental webpage and I hope you enjoy exploring what we have to offer.  If you wish to learn more about the department, I encourage you to contact or visit us in the Undergraduate Academic Center (UAC).

Chad L. Smith

Associate Professor and Chair