Rural Sociology - Sustainable Development (PhD)
The goal of the Ph.D. program is to provide the next generation of rural sociologists with academic and professional skills and credentials relevant to critical issues of sustainable development, defined as development that is socially equitable, economically viable and environmentally responsible. The concept of sustainable development is often used with specific reference to ecologically sound development. It can also mean achieving cultural, social and institutional continuity and maintaining balance in the context of dynamic local and global situations.
The core requirements will provide a basic grounding in research methodologies and the sociology of sustainability and development. The specialty areas provide students with the opportunity to acquire additional skills and credentials particular to their intended career paths.