Dudley Moorhead Hall 241
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Fax: 408-924-5322
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Wendy Ng, 408-924-5594

Department Coordinator

Edelmira Figueroa,

Advising Hours

  • Contact the department for advising hours.

Impaction Criteria

Degree Requirements

Major Requirements

Sociology Minor

Sociology Minor Requirements

About the Department


Sociology examines people's behavior in groups. It analyzes how social institutions and social structures like the workplace, economy, politics, education, marriage and family, mass media and the criminal justice system affect individuals, and how individuals actively change their surrounding social worlds. Sociologists also explore how socioeconomic status (social class), gender, race/ethnicity/immigrant status, age, sexual orientation, and marital status affect people's chances in life, their behavior and their attitudes. Through the insights provided by the study of sociology, students gain an understanding of—and potential solutions to—current social issues and social problems.

Sociology BA recipients may move directly into the department's MA program in general sociology. Many of our MA graduates continue on to PhD programs at some of the finest universities in the nation.


As the broadest and most all-encompassing of the social sciences, the flexibility offered by a BA in sociology, and the computer and analytical skills learned in the major, lead to many exciting careers. These include work in probation, police and corrections, marketing research, domestic violence counseling, public agencies of all kinds, the law, teaching, human resource management, social work, and much more.

Department concentrations in Social Interaction, and Community Change are available for students who seek course work that fits their specific interests or career goals. Guidance sheets for each of the concentrations and for the General course of study in sociology are in the department office.

Faculty and Staff

Sociology faculty are well-known as exceptional teachers who offer a wide array of hands-on experience, and scholarly expertise to students. Class sizes encourage student-faculty and student-student interactions. Faculty—serving as advisors and mentors—also help students design the program of courses that best fits individual needs and goals. Students choose their own advisors often based on shared areas of interest. The excellent office staff is especially knowledgeable, friendly and helpful.

Sociology Honors Program

The Sociology Department, through its honors program, recognizes the achievements of sociology majors with an overall GPA of 3.2 and a 3.5 in all sociology courses. The program also requires a senior honors thesis, SOCI 199H (may count as a sociology elective), which consists of researching and writing an original project. Successful completion of the program permits the students to graduate with Honors in Sociology. Interested students should consult their advisor.