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Featured Alumni

Dorian Galindo

Master of Arts in Sociology

Employer: North East Independent School District

I will treasure the invaluable skills and knowledge that the Sociology Graduate Program at Texas State provided me with. My academic and professional success has been a result of the mentor-ships by my professors, my dedication, persistence, and perseverance to continue learning, unlearning, and relearning about research methods, the social world, and social paradigms. For that, I feel that I have obtained the social lens of capacity and skills to objectively and scientifically understand human behavior.


Sam Smothermon

Sam Smothermon
BS Applied Sociology, MA Sociology

Employer: Safe Alliance-Austin

My time in the Texas State Applied Sociology Internship program helped me learn how to use my reserach skills in an applied setting. The internship taught me how to market myself as an applied sociologist and how to show employers that I'm an asset. The experiences I had during my internship have helped me secure a position at the SAFE Allicance where I used my applied sociology skills everyday. The applied Sociology internship showed me how to create opportunities for myself within the field. I am forever grateful!


Rickey Lowe

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Master of Arts in Sociology

Employer: United States Department of Agriculture

I work as a Statistician with the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS), an agency of the United States Department of Agriculture. At NASS, I conduct statistical research and data analysis pertaining to various agricultural commodities throughout Oklahoma and Texas. Moreover, I work with a team of statisticians to produce quality estimates of the presence and marketing of these commodities in our assigned regions.  The MS in Applied Sociology degree is a solid career-oriented program. The various research skills I acquired here made me eligible for numerous employment opportunities-not to mention the remarkable support of the faculty and my fellow students, which strengthened my ability to work effectively in groups. Any student unafraid of challenges and eager to capitalize off opportunities will find this degree efficient, and with proper initiative, their value will be easily recognizable in both the academic and professional arena.