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Rural Sociology

In the Department of Rural Sociology, we are driven by a passion to help people. Students in the Rural Studies major are interested in becoming a:

  • Counselor
  • Social Worker
  • Community Developer/Planner
  • Program Coordinator
  • Public Service Professional
  • Family and Child Development Specialist

We offer both the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Rural Studies with an emphasis in Social and Community Development. This interdisciplinary degree focuses on equipping students with the skills and abilities to create positive change in the social, economic, political, and cultural aspects of rural communities. The program emphasizes the importance of critical thinking skills, cultural understanding, and social responsibility while providing opportunities for hands-on learning and internships.  Students interested in traditional programs focused on helping others, such as psychology, sociology and social work, will find the Rural Studies degree in Social and Community Development unique and appealing. Students are prepared to pursue a variety of career paths in community planning, non-profits, public administration, governmental agencies, chambers of commerce, and agencies serving individuals and families or for graduate study in psychology, marriage and family therapy, sociology, human services, and public administration among others.


Department Faculty:

Mr. Anthony Fitzgerald, Interim Dept. Chair

Dr. Janet Koposko

Dr. Allison O’Leary

Dr. Jewrell Rivers

Mrs. Suzanne Smith