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. 


Core Courses12
General Sociology Electives9
Upper Division Writing Course3
Rural and Environmental Change Concentration15
Total Hours39

Core Courses

Rule: All courses are required

SOCI 101SIntroduction to Sociology3
SOCI 202Social Statistics3
SOCI 318Sociological Research Methods3
SOCI 455Classical Sociological Theory3
Total Hours12

Minimum Required Grade: C-

General Sociology Electives

Select three courses (9 credits) from the list below, two of which must be 300 or above:9
Adv Addiction Studies
Soc of Alternative Religions
Introduction to Criminology
Juvenile Delinquency
Social Issues Southeast Asia
Race, Gender & Class
Criminal Justice System
Gender and Society
Sociology of Work
Criminal Adjudication
Social Stratification
Sociology of the Family
Juvenile Justice System
Sociology of Organizations
Sociology of Law Enforcement
Soc Psych and Social Structure
Sociology of Corrections
Law and Society
Seminar in Crime & Deviance
Capstone: Inequal and Soc Just
Prost & Human Trafficking
Political Sociology
Writing for Sociology
Total Hours9

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

Rule: Complete 15 credits in the following categories

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Concentration Core

Note:  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 Change (May substitue SOCI 441 with consent of instructor)3
Total Hours6

Minimum Required Grade: C-

Concentration Electives

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

Minimum Required Grade: C-