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School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies


The School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies, established as of July 1, 2021, is committed to providing a supportive and dynamic teaching and research environment that equips and inspires faculty and students to learn, create, and apply knowledge in psychology, sociology and rural studies. Through teaching, research, service and outreach, faculty will address challenges faced by the individual, society and the world.

Our School encompasses the broad scientific study of the person as an individual as well as the complexity of people as members of communities organized across multiple levels. Our School provides students with academic programs of study in preparation for critical and high-demand careers.

Our academic programs include undergraduate majors in criminology, psychology, sociology and a Masters in Sociology with specialization in community development. Our minors provide study in criminal justice, mental health services, psychology, social and human services, sociology and youth and community work. Finally, we offer teaching specializations in both psychology and sociology.

We welcome students representing diverse experiences and backgrounds as lifelong learners to engage with our faculty and staff and consider enrolling in one of our excellent academic programs! Please contact our school and we will be happy to explore these opportunities with you.


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Community Development program offers options for a variety of learners

The School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies, formed in July 2021, offers a variety of majors to fit the lifestyle of different students. One of those programs, the master’s in sociology with a specialization in community development, is offered completely online.

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New study examines mental health in the military

Mental health is an important part of being human. For service members, military life can add extra stressors that put a strain on mental health.

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SDSU Recognized for 20 Top Programs in the U.S., a trusted resource for online/on-campus program rankings and higher education planning, has included South Dakota State University in its list of programs assessed for 2022.