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School of Environment and Natural Resources

Rural Sociology

Graduate: Rural Sociology

The field of Rural Sociology is a sub-field of sociology, the study of human societies and social groups. Rural sociologists focus on the study of social life in rural and non-metropolitan areas domestically and internationally. They continue to develop theory and knowledge and produce information relevant to public policy and local development.

Rural Sociology research focuses on environmental well-being, sustainable development of natural resources, social and community quality of life, and diffusion and impacts of technologies. The faculty in SENR provides expertise for students to focus on agriculture and the environment or social change and development.

Active Graduate Advisors:
Kerry Ard
Joseph Donnermeyer
Kristi Lekies
Linda Lobao
Kenneth Martin
Richard Moore
Cathy Rakowski
Jeff Sharp

Recent Theses and Dissertations (available on OhioLink*)

G. Apaliyah

PhD

 An Analysis of the Effects of Program Structure and Content on Outcomes of Community Leadership Education Programs

E. Caricofe

MS

Handcrafting The Change They Want To Eat In The World? An Inquiry Into The Who, What, and Why of Artisanal Food Production in Central Ohio

L. Harrington

MS

PROGRESA/Oportunidades Mexico's Conditional Cash Transfer Program: Promises, Predictions and Realties

M. John

PhD

The Impact of Race, Class, and Gender on the Assimilation Patterns of Second-Generation Caribbean Immigrants in the United States

E. Parisian

MS

Health Care Reform and Rural Hospitals: Opportunities and Challenges under the Affordable Care Act

T. Sherry

MS

The Life Satisfaction of Voluntary Simplifiers: Is Low Materialism a Path to Happiness

A. Stough-Hunter

PhD

Examining the Role of Community and Gender on Perceptions of Impaired Water Quality: A Comparative Case Study

A. Thatcher

MS

Using Gender and Location to Examine the Effects of Geographic and Social Proximity in Determining Attitudes and Behavior about Animal Welfare

*OhioLink articles available to OSU students, faculty, and staff