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.

woman giving a talk

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

"I love working with the youth. That’s the best part of the job."

Frank Martinez - 2002 Graduate - Major in Sociology & Psychology
Director for the Boys & Girls Club of Alamosa 

"I like to be able to help, guide and direct families."

Coral Hartless - 2003 Graduate - Major in Sociology, Minor in Psychology
Nurturing Parenting Case Manager for the SLV Mental Health Center

"What I like about my job is encouraging families to be better families and seeing people change little things that make a big difference. When you are working with people, it's a different experience everyday, and it keeps you on your toes."

Alyson Coombs - 1999 Graduate - Major in Sociology, Minor in Music
Family Preservation Therapist and Nurturing Parenting Coordinator for the SLV Community Mental Health Center

Hear more from our students: