Welcome to the Department of Sociology

 The Department of Sociology currently serves approximately 170 undergraduate majors across two degree programs including a Bachelor of Arts and six Bachelor of Science concentrations - Applied Research Methods; Criminology, Deviance, and Law; Families and Intimate Relationships; Sociology of Health and Aging; Individually Designed (requires departmental approval); and Social Inequalities. We also offer minors in sociology and gerontology. Along with our undergraduate offerings, our department is the academic home of two online graduate certificates in sociology and aging and health. We have over 2,000 students enrolled in our classes from a variety of majors and programs looking to gain insight into human behavior or to complete general education requirements that round out their liberal arts education experience here at App State.

Our goal is simple - to offer the best educational experience possible for our students to prepare them for successful careers. Our faculty and curriculum facilitate the development of critical thinking, communication, and leadership skills, and foster cross-cultural and intercultural understandings that are applicable to a variety of social contexts.

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Opportunities for service-learning, internships, and community-based research provide real-world application of these skills to prepare students for careers once they graduate.

Whether you are a student, a parent, or someone interested in Appalachian, I hope you will feel free to contact me or any of our faculty members regarding anything related to our department. My e-mail address appears below and you can reach other faculty members by following the Faculty link from this page. Finally, please visit our facebook page App State Sociology.

Cameron D. Lippard, Ph.D.
Professor and Interim Chair

Faculty Spotlight

Cameron Lippard

Dr. Lippard begins as Interim Chair for the Department of Sociology

Four new department chairs in Appalachian State University’s College of Arts and Sciences will begin their positions in fall 2018....

Immigrant family separations

Dr. Lippard speaks to separation of immigrant families

Click on the following link for the news story: Separating immigrant families. ...

Dr. Cameron Lippard

Dr. Cameron Lippard Becomes Editor of Sociological Inquiry & Sociation Today

Starting in the Fall of 2018, Dr. Cameron Lippard will serve as the Senior Editor for Sociation Today, North Carolina Sociological Association’s ope...

Student and Alumni Spotlight

Tori Tensi

Senior Sociology Major Tori Tensi: CAS Corps Feature of the Month

The CAS Corps are chosen to  serve as representatives to all constituents of the College of Arts and Sciences and to create, promote and execute ...

Taylor Boyd

Taylor Boyd, Sociology Alum Hard at Work!

Meet Taylor Boyd. Taylor obtained his Bachelor of Science degree from Appalachian State University in the Fall of 2014. Following his departure from A...

Graduate

Sociology Grades and Graduate School Dreams!

Our undergraduate students are heading to fantastic graduate school opportunities around the country and North Carolina! Take a moment to read through...

General News

"Making sense of mistreatment: intersectionality and perceptions of everyday discrimination”

Dr. Catherine E. Harnois, Professor in the Department of Sociology and a core faculty member in the Department of Women’s, Gender, and Sexualit...

Dr. David Embrick

Dr. David Embrick: Sanctuaries of White Supremacy: Boundaries of White Space(s) and White Resistance to Change

ABSTRACTThe recent battles, both overt and subtle, regarding the removal of confederate statues and other symbols of white supremacy, is often assumed...

PTSD isn't about what's wrong with you, it's about what happened to you

The Sociology of War: Student Documentary Focuses on PTSD

One of the courses offered by App State's Department of Sociology is SOC 3800: Sociology of War. This course defines the social institutions of war an...