What will I learn?

Our faculty members carry out theoretical, applied and policy research nationally and internationally on the causes and consequences of social change on individuals, communities and nations of the world. Our program has four overlapping areas of strength: Environment and Natural Resources; Food, Agriculture, and Development; Crime, Law and Deviance; and Social Inequality, Social Justice, and Governance. Most of our faculty do research, outreach and engagement in two or more of these areas, a unique strength of our program that prepares our graduates to make rigorous but flexible contributions as professional sociologists.

Environment & Natural Resources

Includes the study of the social organization of resource extraction, use and disposal; cultural factors shaping the human-nature relationship; and the use, management, and protection of natural resources for conservation and development at local, national, and global levels.

Food, Agriculture, & Development

Focuses on the social, economic, political, and cultural organization of the production, trade, and consumption of agricultural and food products; globalization, labor, and agrarian relations; fair trade and market based social change.

Crime, Law, & Deviance

Examines individual and organizational (including corporate and government) law-violating behavior and the organization and operation of law enforcement, judicial, and correctional processes.

Social Inequality, Social Justice, & Governance

Explores the diverse structural influences on social, economic, and environmental inequality; the political, legal, organizational, and cultural frameworks through which state, social movement, and other social actors coordinate and control natural, social, and cultural resources; and how vulnerable and marginalized groups are impacted in crises.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts

Study options

Full Time (30 credit hours)

Tuition fees
US$31,108.00 per year
Application deadline

15 January 2022

Start date

22 August 2022


Colorado State University

1062 Campus Delivery,



80523, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Only persons with degrees equivalent to U.S. bachelor’s degrees are qualified to apply for admission except for Integrated Degree Program (IDP) applicants.

For international students

Only persons with degrees equivalent to U.S. bachelor’s degrees are qualified to apply for admission except for Integrated Degree Program (IDP) applicants.

The minimum TOEFL score for admission without condition is 80 for the (internet-based exam). The minimum IELTS score for admission without condition is 6.5. The minimum PTE Academic Score for admission without condition is 58.

To be considered for conditional admission, a student must have a minimum TOEFL score of 50 on the internet-based test, a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 or PTE scores from 40-57.

Application deadline: January 15 for fall.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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