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Message from the 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 leaders in their fields and are recognized for their important contributions to sociological knowledge.

Our department is undergoing numerous changes, and we are especially excited about our newest interdisciplinary graduate degrees that are housed in the department:

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 offer educational opportunities enabling our students to embrace their “sociological imagination.”

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

Professor and Chair

Dr. Chad L. Smith
Dr. Chad L. Smith, Professor and Chair