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UA 5.9


College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Department of Sociology and Rural Studies Records


Department of Sociology and Rural Studies, College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences




3.0 linear feet (3 records center boxes)




South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.

Access note

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Preferred Citation

Name of item . College of Agriculture and Biological Sciences, Department of Sociology and Rural Studies Records. UA 5.9. South Dakota State University Archives and Special Collections, Hilton M. Briggs Library, Brookings, South Dakota.


The Department of Sociology and Rural Studies' mission is to strengthen and deliver high quality programs in teaching, research, service, and extension, contributing to the quality of life and sustainable development locally, the state, region, nation, and world. The collection is composed of publications generated by the Rural Sociology Department, including reports, pamphlets, and surveys.

Historical Note

Sociology was established as a formal department at South Dakota State University in 1925. Courses were taught in sociology before that time in the history and political science departments. The first course with a particular rural focus was taught in 1913-14.

The development of rural sociology as a department occurred primarily because of the Purnell Act of 1925. This act provided funding for research in sociology and economics, and South Dakota State University responded by forming department in those areas. By the 1930's, the department was established enough to be in charge of sociological research with the WPA. From 1933-1942, cooperative between government agencies and the department was common, and this assisted in carving the place rural sociology now holds at South Dakota State University.

The curriculum of South Dakota State University has grown enormously since the one class initially taught. Students may now receive a BA or a BS in sociology in one of six options: general sociology, teaching, social work, human services, criminal justice, or personnel service. Since 1932, the department has offered an MS in rural sociology. In 1961, a social science Ph.D. program began. In this unique program, students could select from a combination of courses in history, political science, psychology, economics and sociology and receive a Ph.D. After three years, the joint program was dropped and the Ph.D. became available only in sociology.

The Department of Sociology and Rural Studies continues to hold its own in the College of Agriculture and Biological Science. The courses offered by the department have been organized with three definite objectives in mind: 1) a sequence for those who may wish to earn an undergraduate major or minor in sociology; 2) basic service courses that will be of interest and practical help to students in any college; and 3) courses to fulfill requirements of a Master's degree or Doctor of Philosophy degree in Sociology.

Contents Note

This collection is composed of records generated by the department, including enrollment records, correspondence, course schedules, exit exams, graduate records, publications, reports, pamphlets, and surveys.

Key Words

Rural Life Census Data Center

South Dakota State University. Department of Rural Sociology.

South Dakota State University Department of Sociology and Rural Studies.

Container List

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Department of Sociology and Rural Studies Records Container List. UA 5.9

39Academic Dishonest Policyundated
242Academic Materials1995
147Achieving National Distinction While Strengthening Local Relevance2008-2012
248Advisor Assignment1995-2003
310American Indians in South Dakota: A Profile1987
328American Indians in South Dakota: A Profile1987
337American Indians in South Dakota: A Profile1987
148Assistantship and Study Materials2008
249Attitudes of South Dakota Operators toward Wetlands and Waterfowl production1972
250Attitudes of South Dakota Residents Toward Dove Huntingundated
22Attitudes of South Dakotans Toward Water Resources Development in South Dakota (Report 2)1975
21Attitudes of South Dakotans Toward Water Resources Development in South Dakota (Report 4)1976
142Audio-Video Checkout Sheetsundated
140Audiovisual Instructional Equipment Requests1974-1977
139Audiovisual Tape Requests1976-1980
138Audiovisual Teaching Aides1978
239AV: Cassette Tapes - Minnesota Public Radioundated
240AV: Cassette Tapes - Pacific Tape - Library and Correction Service Minnesotaundated
217AV: Film Request Forms Film /informationundated
218AV: Guides, Informationundated
219AV: Typing Guide for Slidesundated
136Campus Teaching Center Support Tele-lecture Project1985
237Census Data Centerundated
11Census Data Center Report No. 11983
313Changes in South Dakota Farms1985
214Changing Dakota Indian Cultureundated
215Changing Farm Numbersundated
120Class I Curriculum Request Rural Sociology (Minor)1993-1996
153Class Schedule and Communications2010
217Committees, A Key to Group Leadership1980
241Correspondence Fall1994
126Correspondence: Instructional Media1991
141Course Enrollment Records1954-1965
33Course Enrollment Records1968-1986
28Course Flyersundated
32Course Requirements1990s
132Course Schedule Fall Semester 19881988
125Course Schedule Fall Semester 19911991
124Course Schedule Fall Semester 19921992
118Course Schedule Spring Semester1993
130Course Schedule Spring Semester 19891989
128Course Schedule Spring Semester 19901990
122Course Schedule Spring Semester 19921992
129Course Schedule Summer Session 19891989
127Course Schedule Summer Session 19901990
121Course Schedule Summer Session 19921992
117Criminal Justice Program Issues1996
137Criminal Justice SDSU/USD Agreement1978
243Cumulative Trauma Disorder Information1995
340Curricular Requestsundated
341Curricular Requestsundated
342Curricular Requestsundated
343Curricular Requestsundated
114Curriculum Modifications1998
215Dakota Indian Communityundated
338Dakota Indian Religion1959
239Department Audio - Visual Listundated
12Dependent Children in South Dakota1938-1940
255Enrollment Worksheets: Breakdown by Major1999
143Enrollment: Blank formsundated
13Evaluation Report: Visions for Change Communities Working Together to Strengthen Our Food and Fiber System2000
262Exit Exam1990
244Exit Exam1995
250Exit Exam1996
254Exit Exam1998
261Exit Exam :Spring1990
325Exit Exam: Assessment Grant Information1987
238Exit Exam: Fall1993
260Exit Exam: Fall1990
258Exit Exam: Fall1991
256Exit Exam: Fall1992
259Exit Exam: Spring1991
257Exit Exam: Spring1992
237Exit Exam: Spring1993
239Exit Exam: Spring1994
253Exit Exams1998
263Exit Exams: Fall1989
152Faculty Hiring2009
333Faculty Trip Regulations Forms2002
119Family Studies Program1993
319Farm Facts1982
133Film Rentals1987-1993
248Final Exam Policy1995
34General Enrollment Data1968-1980
246General Enrollment Data: University and College1995
245General Petition Form Process1995
327General Student Recommendations1988-1990
131Gerontology Minor1989
115Graduate Course Offerings1997-2005
334Graduate Enrollment: Generalundated
134Graduate Faculty Release Time1986
240Graduate Guide1993
112Graduate Meeting Handout1999
113Graduate Preliminary Instruction1998
154Graduate Program Ph.D. and Masters Programundated
251Graduate: Areas of Concentration1997
135Graduate: Familiar Works in Sociology1986-1993
247Graduation Application Requirements1995
331Horizons Program2008
232Human Needs Assessment of Age Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Planning Districts1974
233Human Needs Assessment of the First Planning and Development District1973
234Human Relations Resources, A Guide to Extension-oriented Publicationsundated
158Institutional Program Review2002
123Intent to Plan for Bachelor of Social Work1992
324International Student1986
312Is the Exodus Over?1985
336Is the Exodus Over?1985
156Leaping the Hurdles and Navigating the Maze2005
37Local Government1989
28Mailers Guide1974
323Mailing Information1986
224Mailing Listundated
225Meaning of Rural, A Third of Our Nation 
157Model for Online Collaborative Inter-Institutional Degree2004
258Native American Youth: What are Their Career Interests, Career Educational Needs?1979
259Native American Youth: What are Their Career Interests, Career Educational Needs?undated
260Nomination to Graduate Facultyundated
261Non- Traditional Students 
144Northern Plains Demographic Changes1980-1990
321Order forms: Census Material1986
14Pamphlet, Sociologyundated
25Permission to Teach Graduate Coursesundated
317Population and Housing Information1980
31Population Change of Counties and Incorporated Places in South Dakota1950-1980
344Population Research Infrastructure2006
345Population Research Infrastructure2006
36Population Update1970-1980
15Population Update South Dakota (Reports)1950-1984
315Project 212: Census Data Center Publications1982-1987
216Question on NIH R21 Infrastructure Programundated
16Report to the SDSU Faculty Results of the Evaluation2004
27Request to Make-up Final Examundated
322Requests for Bulletins1985-1991
145Research Funding2006
17Rural Life Census Data Center (Web Site Information)2005
28Rural Poverty in Three Eastern South Dakota Counties1972
160Schedule for 7-year Program Review: Rural Sociology Department (1/2)2002
159Schedule for 7-year Program Review: Rural Sociology Department (2/2)2002
149SDSU Faculty Professional Activity Policy Study2008
252Sociology BA's MS Justification1997
339Sociology Endowment Funds- Scholarships1979-1990
155Sociology Minorsundated
27Sociology Organizations 
318South Dakota Data1980
311South Dakota Municipalities1986
330South Dakota Periodicals Index1982-1986
320South Dakota Population Age and Sex Structure1970-1980
35South Dakota Poverty Trends1970-1980
314South Dakota Statistics in Brief1984
215South Dakota Vital Statistics and Health Status1998
216South Dakota Vital Statistics and Health Status2000
335South Dakota Youth: Delinquency-prone Behaviorundated
38South Dakotans at Work1988
316South Dakotans on the Move1970-1980
326Student Teachers Education1987
249Student Trip (Permits and regulations)1995
146Summary of Assessments2007-2008
111Summer Workshopundated
18Survey of Consumers' Attitudes and Values about Genetically Modified Organisms2004
19Survey of Producers' Attitudes and Values about Genetically Modified Organisms2002
23Three Week Language Arts Unit - Anthropology 4211981
110User Account Active Directory2004
329Wages Required for Self-sufficiency in South Dakota2009
230What Do the Self-concepts, Aspirations, Plans of Small Town and Rural Youths Have to Do With Delinquency Proneness?undated

Administrative Information

Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to researchers without restrictions. The materials in the Archives do not circulate and may be used in-house only.

Researchers conducting extensive research are asked to make an advance appointment to access archival material. Please call or e-mail prior to visiting the collection and indicate as much detail as possible about a particular topic and intended use.

South Dakota State University supports access to the materials, published and unpublished, in its collections. Nonetheless, access to some items may be restricted as a result of their fragile condition or by contractual agreements with donors.

Copyright note

Copyright restrictions apply in different ways to different materials. Many of the documents and other historical materials in the Archives are in the public domain and may be reproduced and used in any way. There are other materials in the Archive carrying a copyright interest and must be used according to the provisions of Title 17 of the U.S. Code. The Archive issues a warning concerning copyright restrictions to every researcher who requests copies of documents. Although the copyright law is under constant redefinition in the courts, it is ultimately the responsibility of the researcher to properly use copyrighted material.

Arranged and Described by

Crystal J. Gamradt, 1999 March 11, additions made 2008 August 6.