Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Online and On-Campus Programs

With a degree in sociology from Adams State University, you’re prepared for challenging careers that involve working directly with local communities. With the guidance of an engaged and attentive faculty, the program blends academic and practical knowledge.

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In the classroom or online, you’ll learn the major sociological theories underlying social life and society. Then you’ll apply that knowledge during one or more semester-long internships in a community agency specializing either in criminal justice or human services.


The internships are designed to provide marketable skills and experiences that enhance employment and graduate school possibilities. Sociology graduates are employed in a variety of work settings; a sampling of job titles includes 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, and victim’s advocate. Upon graduation, you’ll have hands-on, marketable skills and experiences that position you for jobs in a variety of work settings and graduate studies.

Our Online Program has received awards from and recognized school top ranked school

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Sociology Program Highlights

What makes us stand out?

The Department of Sociology has newly renovated facilities, supportive faculty, semester-long internships in a community agency specializing either in human services or criminal justice. These internships are specifically designed to provide marketable skills and experiences that enhance employment and graduate school possibilities.


Sociology Program Outcomes

Graduates have pursued or obtained an advanced degree
Graduates are employed in a job or career directly related to their major

Graduate Schools

We can help you get into top graduate schools across the country. Below is a list of some of the graduate school our alumni have attended.

University of Denver
Sturm College of Law
University of New Mexico
University of Colorado — Colorado Springs
Kansas State University
California State University — Fullerton
University of Tennessee
Portland State University
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Careers Opportunities Include

Child Protective Services Caseworker
Colorado State Trooper
Family Preservation Specialist
Probation Officer
Forensics Social Worker
Victim’s Advocate
Mental Health Counselor
Non-profit Manager

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Sociology Program Faculty

Heidi Schneider, Ph.D.
Department Chair | Associate Professor of Sociology
Stephanie Hilwig, Ph.D.
Professor of Sociology
Michael Stewart, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Sociology
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Billy Ulibarri, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology

Sociology Program Curriculum

Explore Some of Our Courses

SOC 245: Criminology (3 hours)
This course is an introduction to the field of criminology with special emphasis on theories of crime, kinds of criminals, victimology, and the criminal justice system. Special topics examined include gangs, white collar crimes, property crimes, victimless crimes, and organized crime.

SOC 251: Social Problems (3 hours)
This course is designed to provide the student with a survey of selected contemporary social problems. Social problems addressed in the class may include poverty, addiction and substance abuse, mental health, violence with a focus on family violence, crime, teen sexuality and pregnancy, and health care issues. The causes, severity, and consequences of the selected social problems are explored. In addition, strategies for alleviating social problems are presented.

Academic Catalog

I am proud to be a member of the Colorado State Patrol because I love my job. It is ever evolving and impactful. Each day I go to work, I know I will have the opportunity to save lives and even impact the criminal element.

Adam Jennings
Major in Sociology with emphasis in Criminology, C.A.S.T. Award

I love helping people. It is really rewarding. I can make my own schedule and determine when I’ll see my clients. I’m the one developing my clients’ treatment plans. I link my clients to community resources, so I’m in the community all day. There’s never a dull day.

Simone Jackson
Major in Sociology with emphasis in Social Work, SLV Behavioral Health Group

I give kids a voice. In certain situations, they are too afraid to speak up about what’s going on, or they are trying to get out of a bad situation, involving when they are being abused or neglected, but they don’t know how.

Jared Valdez
Major in Sociology with emphasis in Criminology , Department of Human Services

Higher education is intimidating. However, I related to, connected to, and fell in love with Sociology. The classes and professors instilled a passion for learning that drove me to investigate social events. I was encouraged, motivated, and supported to participate and apply to graduate school.

Alejandro Tovar Sosa
Bachelor of Arts, Sociology with emphasis in Criminology and Social Work, Ph.D. Student at the University of New Mexico Department of Sociology & Criminology