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2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
2022-2023 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences

Office: Dudley Moorhead Hall 241

Telephone: 408-924-5320




Maria Luisa Alaniz
William Armaline
Tanya Bakhru, Coordinator, Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program
Natalie Boero
Peter Chua
Hien Duc Do
Carlos Eduardo Garcia, Chair
Scott Myers-Lipton

Associate Professors

Faustina DuCros
Megan Thiele

Assistant Professors

Amy August
Soma de Bourbon
Yvonne Y. Kwan, Coordinator, Asian American Studies Program
Steven Mejia
Trung Nguyen
Saugher Nojan
Joanne Rondilla
Preston O. Rudy
Morgan Sanchez
Elizabeth Sweet
Yolanda Wiggins


The Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences educates students about the social processes that create, maintain, and transform our society. The major uses sociological foundations and applications as well as interdisciplinary approaches to the study of society and in teacher education training. Sociologists analyze how social institutions and social structures such as the economy, politics, education, the family, mass media, and the criminal justice system affect individuals in society. The major provides students with the skills and knowledge to navigate the social, political, economic, historical, and cultural issues that build and sustain effective leadership in our complex global society. The teacher preparation program is designed to ensure that teachers will excel in classrooms that are increasingly heterogeneous in terms of race and ethnicity.

We have two major degree program tracks: Sociology, Sociology with Concentrations (Community Change; Race and Ethnic Studies; Social Interaction; Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies). The department offers several minor courses of study: Asian American Studies, Sociology, Sociology of Education, and Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies. These degree programs lead to careers in education, government and public policy, criminal justice, nonprofit organizations, marketing research, human resource management, social work, and other areas.


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