The Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology blends the academic with the practical:

Students are instructed in the major sociological theories underlying social life and society and are provided opportunities to apply this knowledge hands-on in the community.

The Sociology Department at Adams State is committed to preparing students for careers in human services and criminal justice.

We also prepare students for admission to graduate programs in Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology.

What makes us stand out?

  • Newly renovated facilities.
  • Supportive faculty.
  • Students complete one or more semester-long internships in a community agency specializing either in human services or criminal justice.
  • Internships are specifically designed to provide marketable skills and experiences that enhance employment and graduate school possibilities.
  • Annual summer study abroad program in Nicaragua.
  • Opportunity to conduct original research and present findings at the Undergraduate Sociology Conference.

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Degrees Offered

BA with emphases in:

  • Criminology -
    • Criminal Justice
    • Juvenile Delinquency
    • Correctional Systems
    • Internship in Criminology
  • Social Welfare -
    • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
    • Poverty and Social Inequality
    • Social Welfare Policy
    • Internship in Social Welfare

Minor in Sociology

Online Degree Completion Option

Potential Careers

Sociology graduates are employed in a wide variety of human service and criminal justice work settings:

  • Colorado State Trooper
  • Child Protective Services Caseworker
  • Family Preservation Specialist
  • Probation Officer
  • Local Law Enforcement Officer
  • Corrections Counselor
  • Social Services Coordinator for the Elderly
  • Administrative Liaison for Children and Families
  • Forensic Social Worker
  • Community Corrections Officer
  • Caseworker for Troubled Youth
  • Victim's Advocate

What our Alumni say about their Careers

"Everyday is different. Some days can be quiet. Some days are busy. I never know what to expect. I get to interact with many different kinds of people."

Emily Lopez - 2003 Graduate - Major in Sociology
Sergeant for the Rio Grande County Sheriff’s Office

"My respect for teaching has increased exponentially since I have been in Korea."

Andrew Abdulla - 2009 Graduate - Major in Sociology & History
Teacher in South Korea

"I enjoy helping the elderly. They’re like the unforgotten generation. I went back to school to get my chaplaincy degree, and I am also now the chaplain of the facility, and that is my passion."

Elizabeth DuPont - 1997 Graduate - Major in Sociology, Minor in Psychology
Social Service Director and Chaplain for the San Luis Care Center

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