The Department of Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences offers advisement sessions to all students.

For generic information and questions, students can refer to the Advising Hub webpage which is meant to bring together all the different advising and counseling offices to make it easier for you to find the updated, reliable information you need.

Advising Hub

Academic Advising

ACCESS provides advising for undergraduate students majoring or wanting to major in any of the departments and programs listed in the access website. ACCESS Center is located in Clark Hall 240.

ACCESS Success Center

Fall 2016 Major Advising

All professors below are involved in major advising; they are here to assist you in choosing classes towards your major requirements. You must meet with a major advisor before you reach 90 units/apply for graduation. Please meet with a major advisor at least once a semester to ensure you are on track for graduation. In addition to major advising, you are highly advised to seek advising regarding your other graduation requirements from an advisor at the ACCESS Center. 

Drop-In Major Advising


  • "My Academics" Homepage (print screen)
  • Course History (via "My Academics") OR Unofficial transcripts from SJSU
  • Unofficial transcripts from previous college(s) OR print a copy of the "Transfer Credit" report from MySJSU "My Academics" section

Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Science Major Advisors:

Dr. Natalie Boero (Designated Major Advisor)

   Areas: Medical Sociology; Qualitative Methods; Socialization; Gender

Office Hours: Sweeney Hall 438 at the following days and times.
Mondays: 9 AM to 11 AM; 5 PM to 6 PM
Wednesdays: 7:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Friday, Sept. 16th: 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM
Friday, Nov. 18th: 12:15 PM to 1:15 PM


Dr. Faustina DuCros (Designated Major Advisor)

Areas: Race and Ethnicity; Internal Migration; Immigration; Sociology of Black 
          Communities; Sociology of Latina/os; Place; Education; Qualitative Methods

Office Hours: Sweeney Hall 223 at the following days and times.
Tuesdays: 2 PM to 3 PM
Thursdays: 10 AM to 11 AM; 2 PM to 4 PM
Friday, Oct. 14th: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Friday, Dec. 9th: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM


Dr. Maria L. Alaniz (Social Science Teacher Preparation Advisor)

   Areas: Sociology of Education; Race & Ethnic Relations; Social Science
             Teacher Preparation Program

   Office: Clark 140   Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment
      (email: for appointment)


Dr. Peter Chua

   Areas: Community Research and Social Change; Sociology of Human Rights (emphasis on
                 Migrant Rights); Third World Sociology

   Office: SH 333   Hours: Tuesdays: 12 PM to 1 PM
                                                  Thursdays: 12 PM to 1 PM, and by appt. 


Dr. Hien Do (Asian American Studies Program Coordinator)

   Areas: Vietnamese Americans; Asian American Communities;
                 Asian American Studies Program

   Office: MQH   Hours: Mondays: 2 to 3 PM


Dr. Shahin Gerami

   Areas: Women & Islam; Global Women; Women's Studies Program

   Office: SH 438   Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays: 1:15 PM to 2:30 PM


Dr. Tanya Bakhru (Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program Coordinator)

   Areas: Transnational Feminism; Women and Globalization;
             Reproductive Health and Rights

   Office: MQH 438D   Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM


Dr. Wendy Rouse (Social Science Teacher Preparation Advisor)

   Areas: Social Science Education; Progressive Era Childhood and Women's History

   Office: SPX 217 #1    Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1 PM to 2:30 PM


Dr. Preston Rudy

   Areas: Theory; Social Change; Inequality; Work & Organizations; Labor Movements

   Office: SH 223   Hours: Mondays: 8:45 to 9:15 PM
                                                  Tuesdays and Thursdays: 10:20 AM to 11 AM
                                                  Wednesdays 8:45 PM to 9:15 PM, and by appt.


Dr. Megan Thiele

   Areas: Sociology of Higher Education; Social Stratification; Environmental Sociology;
             Statistics and Quantitative Methods

   Office: SH 333 #B   Hours: Thursdays: 12 PM to 1:50 PM