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Goreham, Gary A.
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North Dakota State University
428 C-4 Minard Hall
NDSU Dept 2350, PO Box 6050
Fargo, ND 58108-6050

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Community Development Online Master's Degree - Instructor


Gary A. Goreham is a professor of rural sociology and former chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at North Dakota State University.  He holds master’s degrees in psychology and theology and a doctorate in sociology.  Goreham teaches community development, environmental sociology, social organization, sociology of religion, and research methods. 

He edited the two-volume "Encyclopedia of Rural America: The Land and People."  Goreham’s research interests include community development, sociology of agriculture, agricultural cooperatives, rural churches and civil society organizations, agro-biotechnology, intergenerational farm transfer, and the dynamics of the Bakken oil region.  

Goreham and his wife, Jonna, own and operate Maple Hills Orchard LLC near Detroit Lakes, Minn., which they hope to transfer one day to their daughters, sons-in-law, and grandchildren.


Ph.D. in Sociology, South Dakota State University, 1985
M.A.T.S. in Theology, Bethel Theological Seminary, 1984
M.S. in Psychology, Western Washington University, 1976
B.S. in Psychology, South Dakota State University, 1975