The Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology blends the academic with the practical:

Students are instructed in the major sociological theories underlying social life and society and are provided opportunities to apply this knowledge hands-on in the community.

The Sociology Department at Adams State is committed to preparing students for careers in human services and criminal justice.

We also prepare students for admission to graduate programs in Sociology, Social Work, and Criminology.

What makes us stand out?

  • Newly renovated facilities.
  • Supportive faculty.
  • Students complete one or more semester-long internships in a community agency specializing either in human services or criminal justice.
  • Internships are specifically designed to provide marketable skills and experiences that enhance employment and graduate school possibilities.
  • Annual summer study abroad program in Nicaragua.
  • Opportunity to conduct original research and present findings at the Undergraduate Sociology Conference.

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Degrees Offered

BA with emphases in:

  • Criminology -
    • Criminal Justice
    • Juvenile Delinquency
    • Correctional Systems
    • Internship in Criminology
  • Social Welfare -
    • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
    • Poverty and Social Inequality
    • Social Welfare Policy
    • Internship in Social Welfare

Minor in Sociology

Potential Careers

Sociology graduates are employed in a wide variety of human service and criminal justice work settings:

  • Colorado State Trooper
  • Child Protective Services Caseworker
  • Family Preservation Specialist
  • Probation Officer
  • Local Law Enforcement Officer
  • Corrections Counselor
  • Social Services Coordinator for the Elderly
  • Administrative Liaison for Children and Families
  • Forensic Social Worker
  • Community Corrections Officer
  • Caseworker for Troubled Youth
  • Victim's Advocate

What our Alumni say about their Careers

"Working with the Valley’s adult homeless population, I find it fulfilling to help those less fortunate. It helps me keep the perspective of not taking life for granted."

Dan Romero - 2005 Graduate - Major in Sociology
Case Manager for the SLV Community Mental Health Center

"It’s a noble profession. It’s hard, but it has to be done. It has its moments of fulfillment. You don’t get them very often, but when you do, it’s worth it."

Theresa Chavez - 2007 Graduate - Major in Sociology & Spanish
Caseworker for the Alamosa County Department of Human Services

"I enjoy helping people through the tough times they’re having. I also enjoy feeling responsible for our community safety."

Sonia Salinas - 2001 Graduate - Major in Sociology & Spanish
Supervisor/Probation Officer for San Luis Valley Private Probation

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