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Rural Sociology Graduate Program

We are a vibrant, dynamic program that develops and disseminates research on rural people and places both domestically and internationally.

Our program faculty have core strength in the discipline of sociology and a commitment to conducting applied and interdisciplinary research with colleagues in the social, natural, and biophysical sciences

We provide students the opportunity to develop expertise in one or more of four signature areas.

We provide rigorous training in state-of-the-art quantitative and qualitative research methods. We support students as active professionals, including co-authoring peer-reviewed journal articles with faculty, presenting their research at local, regional, national, and international conferences, developing grant-writing skills, and becoming leaders in professional associations.

Our graduates have gone on to launch highly successful careers in academe, government, and non-governmental research organizations.

Contact Us

Kathryn J. Brasier, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Rural Sociology
Director of Graduate Studies
105-B Armsby
University Park, PA 16802
Phone: 814-865-7321