Rural and Environmental Change

Rural environments, residents and agencies are facing rapid social, economic, demographic and political change. This concentration develops analytical and practical skills for understanding rural and environmental change globally and in the American West, and its policy implications in such areas as rural health, welfare and work; community development and assessment; native peoples and natural resource management. A concentration in rural and environmental change prepares students for employment with either a government, private, or non-profit agency concerned with the above topics or for pursuing an advanced degree in sociology.


Bachelor of Arts - Sociology; Rural and Environmental Change Concentration

College Humanities & Sciences

Degree Specific Credits: 39

Required Cumulative GPA: 2.0

Catalog Year: 2017-2018

Note: No more than 60 sociology credits may count toward graduation.

General Education Requirements

Information regarding these requirements can be found in the General Education Section of the catalog. 


Lower Core Courses6
Upper Core Courses6
Major Content Courses12
Upper Division Writing Course3
Rural and Environmental Change Concentration15
Total Hours42

Lower Division Core Courses

Rule: Both courses are required

SOCI 101SIntroduction to Sociology3
SOCI 202Social Statistics3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Division Core Courses

Rule: Both courses are required

SOCI 318Sociological Research Methods3
SOCI 455Classical Sociological Theory3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Major Content Courses

Note: Students may count only 1 course from their respective option as a major content course.

Select 12 credits with 6 credits at the 300 level or above from the following:12
Introduction to Criminology
Juvenile Delinquency
Race, Gender & Class
Intro Development Sociology
Gender and Society
Sociology of Work
Social Stratification
Sociology of the Family
Sociology of Organizations
Rural Sociology
The Community
Population and Society
Soc Psych and Social Structure
Environmental Sociology
Political Sociology
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Upper Division Writing Course

Note: A non-sociology upper division writing course from another department may be substituted for this requirement with departmental consent.

Select one of the following:3
Seminar in Crime & Deviance
Capstone: Inequal and Soc Just
Capstone: Rural and Env Change
Writing for Sociology
Total Hours3

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Rural and Environmental Change Concentration

Minimum Required Grade: C-

15 Total Credits Required

Concentration Core

Rule: The following courses are required

Note: Students must take a minimum of five courses in their option area (15 credits), and three elective courses outside of the option area. Students should take SOCI 270 first and complete at least 2 Rural and Environmental Change electives prior to taking SOCI 460.

SOCI 270Intro Development Sociology3
SOCI 460Capstone: Rural and Env Change3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Concentration Electives

Select three of the following:9
Rural Sociology
The Community
Population and Society
Sociology of Poverty
Environmental Sociology
Gender and Global Development
Total Hours9

Minimum Required Grade: C-