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Department Overview

The Department of Sociology at Texas State University, consists of a student-friendly faculty with wide-ranging specialties. Faculty research interests include gender and the workplace, health, aging, life course, dementia, sexuality, demography, community organization, deviance, criminology, social stratification and inequality, popular culture, social movements, sustainability, and the environment. Although the department offers a large number of sub-fields for students to consider, increasingly the department is focusing upon graduate programs concentrating on Health, Dementia and Aging, Sustainability and the Environment, and Applied Sociology.  The department offers valuable preparation in research skills including qualitative and quantitative research methods and statistical analysis. Faculty members have published numerous articles, book chapters, and books in their areas of interest. In addition to our B.A. and B.S. undergraduate programs, we offer graduate programs including five majors: M.A. with a major in Sociology, M.S. with a major in Applied Sociology, M.A. and M.S. in Sustainability Studies, and M.S. with a major in Dementia and Aging Studies.

The Sociology Department offers 30 to 35 different courses annually to our undergraduate students. Students at Texas State University may acquire a B.A. in Sociology or a B.S. in Applied Sociology, which entails an excellent internship program.  The faculty takes pride in the teaching reputation of the department. In 1990 the department was awarded the American Sociological Association Distinguished Contributions to Teaching Award. In addition, many faculty members have won major teaching awards.

Mission Statement

Our mission is to provide an environment conducive to intellectual exchange characterized by innovative and outstanding:

• Teaching and curricula 
• Service to students and community 
• Scholarship and research 
• Sociological practice and internships 
• Commitment to multiculturalism and diversity

Vision Statement

Our vision is to become a premier sociology department providing nationally and internationally recognized academic programs.

Multicultural Policy

Texas State believes that freedom of thought, innovation and creativity are fundamental characteristics of a community of scholars. To promote such a learning environment, the university has a special responsibility to seek cultural diversity, to instill a global perspective in its students, and to nurture sensitivity, tolerance, and mutual respect. Discrimination against or harassment of individual on the basis of ethnicity, sex, religion, or race is inconsistent with the purposes of the university.