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School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies

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The School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies 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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Josh Westwick, 2020 Don Yoder Distinguished Faculty Award

Markel, Westwick named directors

Lynn Sargeant, dean of South Dakota State University’s College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences, has announced directors for two of the college’s schools.

SDSU opens School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies

With the launch of the School of Psychology, Sociology and Rural Studies July 1, South Dakota State University opens its sixth school in the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences. The South Dakota Board of Regents approved the school earlier this year.

Hendrickson presented at national public health conference

Not many undergraduate students are selected to present at the American Public Health Association's national conference. However, South Dakota State University senior Leah Hendrickson presented at the 2020 event in late October.