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School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies


Welcome to the School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies at South Dakota State University, home to distinguished researchers, students and teachers. Our school 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. 

Our school is staffed by over one-dozen faculty members who have diverse training and interests in psychological and sociological sciences. Students have the opportunity to work one-on-one with faculty members both inside and outside of the classroom. Our graduates are prepared for a wide array of careers in psychology, sociology, criminal justice, medicine, law and related areas.

Our Online Bachelor's in Psychology program is among the nation’s best in new rankings by U.S. News and World Report (2022). 

Our Online Criminal Justice Minor program is among the nation’s best in new rankings by (2022). 


“SDSU has faculty that will support their students throughout their time in the program. The courses offered by SDSU’s psychology program are comprehensive, and challenging for each of their students. The communication, leadership and writing skills provided by the Psychology program will be useful for the real world and supportive of its future leaders”. Brittany Whitam, president of Psychology Club 2021-22


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Dick and Karen McComish in front of the Jackrabbit logo.

SDSU alums create McComish fellowships for electrical engineering, sociology and rural studies

A gift from two South Dakota State University alumni has created new fellowships in electrical engineering and in sociology and rural studies at SDSU.A total of four students will be awarded fellowships annually. ...

HRSA project focuses on recovery from meth addiction

Putting people addicted to meth on the road to recovery is the goal of the Stigma, Treatment, Avoidance and Recovery in Time Program for Psychostimulant Support in Rural South Dakota.