Date of Award


Degree Name

Master of Arts



First Advisor

Dr. Gregory J. Howard

Second Advisor

Dr. Subhash Sonnad

Third Advisor

Dr. Thomas Van Valey

Access Setting

Masters Thesis-Open Access


This thesis describes the current status of environmental sociology, and presents an invitation to the reader to engage in the topic of the environment. It begins with a review of the literature, focusing on the origins of sociology and the theory of ecology, and presents the framework for the content analysis. The content analysis investigates the content and number of environmental sociology articles in mainstream sociological journals. In addition to the articles themselves, it analyzes the schools and authors of these articles. This analysis is supplemented with an analysis of environmental journals, enumerating the total number of environmental journals in both sociology and environmental studies, in which environmental sociology articles can be published. The paper concludes that environmental sociology is both a topic and subdiscipline, which currently commands roughly five percent of mainstream articles for the past thirty year period. It also illustrates the wide variety of topics that are studied, indicating which particular topics are currently the most popular among mainstream sociological journals.