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Oct 17 2017

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Department of Sociology

Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both.

The Department of Sociology at Sam Houston State University is committed to furthering knowledge of social life, social change, and the causes and consequences of human behavior using the context of globalization. While in the program, students develop the sociological advantage, or the ability to examine interpersonal relationships and relate them to the larger social world.

The Sociology Department and the Sociology Graduate Program post on social media regularly. Be sure to check out our pages so you don’t miss out on anything interesting.

Latest News

July 5, 2017: Congratulations to Dr. Mariah Zimpfer who was able to return to Scotland and walk across the stage at the University of Edinburgh, where she received her PhD!

June 19, 2017: New Report Looks at Six Key Impact Areas of Shale Development in Texas

Dr. Gene Theodori recently traveled to Austin, TX to participate in the latest meeting of The Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas. The purpose of this meeting was to provide the opportunity for top state researchers to share the most up-to-date science on environmental and community impacts of shale development. See the full report here.

“Local residents tend to welcome the economic benefits that come along with shale oil and gas development. However, they’re also very concerned about the unknown environmental and other social-level consequences that will emerge from increased development.” – Gene Theodori, Sam Houston State University

April 12-15, 2017: Sociology Students Visit Austin

Several Sociology Majors and one alumnus recently traveled to Austin to participate in the 2017 Annual Meeting of the Southwestern Social Science Association.

Pictured left to right are Dr. Mariah Zimpfer, Tiffani Dawson, Megan Bennet, Jessica Ashworth, Dillon Lay, Rosalia Orozco, Lesly Rodriguez, Dr. Emily Cabaniss and Dr. James Stykes

Alumnus Jessica Stark and current major Ethan Cutrone presented a poster: A Comparative Analysis of the Alligator Commodity Chain, with Professor Douglas H. Constance

February 24, 2017: Former Sociology Department Chair Dr. Rupert C. Koeninger named to CHSS Wall of Honor

January 2017: Dr. Melissa Tackett-Gibson selected as Director of Internships for the Department of Sociology


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