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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). 

Student Testimonials

“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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Office of International Affairs holds inaugural global achievement award event

South Dakota State University’s Office of International Affairs recognized 31 individuals and the School of American and Global Studies at the inaugural global achievement awards. The event, which was held Feb. 28, took place at the SDSU Alumni Association’s Woster Celebration Hall.  ... named South Dakota State University’s online bachelor’s degree programs 12th in the nation in its 2019 rankings.

4 SDSU online degrees earn U.S. News & World Report ranking

South Dakota State University had four online programs ranked following a survey of online programs by U.S. News & World Report. The media company only surveys programs housed in regionally accredited institutions whose programs are offered mostly or entirely online.
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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.