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About the Department

The four programs in the Department, which include Sociology, Criminology, Social Work, and Gender & Sexuality Studies are interconnected. The Department contributes to the mission of the College of Arts and Letters by encouraging collaboration with other departments and programs within the College.

The Department concentrates on research, theory, and service in regard to the community. The community plays a pivotal role in the life of individuals and it serves as a platform from which to study health and illness, diversity and social hierarchies, and criminology. The focus on community issues enables us to showcase the usefulness of sociology at the graduate and undergraduate levels; to create a niche for social work, particularly in the areas of child welfare, gerontology, and sexual diversity; and to find a pivotal role for criminology by emphasizing rehabilitation and reintegration of offenders into the community.


New and Events

MSW Information Session - Thursday, February 11, 2021; 4:30pm-5:30pm via Zoom

Are you looking for a career opportunity where you can help others? Come to this information session about the ISU graduate program in Social Work. There are numerous career opportunities in Southeast Idaho and around the US. Students can complete this program with full-time or part-time enrollment. This session will be held via Zoom. If you are interested in attending please contact Dr. Fredi Giesler at to get the Zoom link.