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

For generic information and questions, students can refer the Advising Hub webpage which is meant to bring together all the different advising and counseling offices together 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 Success Center

Drop-In Major Advising

Spring 2015 Major Advising - First day of advising will be January 22, 2015

Sociology Undergraduate Major Advisor: Dr. Susan Murray
Office Hours (DMH 211):

Sociology Graduate Major Advisor: Dr. Amy Leisenring
Office Hours (DMH 224):

Social Science Major Advisor (incl. Teacher Preparation): Dr. Maria Luisa Alaniz
Office Hours (DMH 220):

Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Program Coordinator:  Dr. Tanya Bakhru
Office Hours (DMH 213):


For additional department advisors, please see the grid below.


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

Select an Advisor according to Major and Undergraduate level or Graduate level.

Advisor Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday
Social Sciences Undergraduate Advisor
Dr. Maria Luisa Alaniz
DMH 220
(408) 924-5543
Women's Studies Program Coordinator
Dr. Tanya Bakhru
DMH 213
(408) 924-5744
Dr. Natalie Boero
DMH 210
(408) 924-5345
Dr. Peter Chua (SOCI)
DMH 223
(408) 924-5330
Asian American Studies Program Coordinator
Dr. Hien Do
CL 240
(408) 924-5363
Dr. Carlos Garcia (SOCI)
DMH 216
(408) 924-5804
Graduate Advisor
Dr. Amy Leisenring (SOCI)
DMH 224
(408) 924-5756
Undergraduate Advisor
Dr. Susan Murray (SOCI)
DMH 211
(408) 924-5327


Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton (SOCI)
DMH 210
(408) 924-5761
Department Chair
Dr. Wendy Ng (SISS)
DMH 241B
(408) 924-5594
Dr. Preston Rudy (SOCI)
DMH 222
(408) 924-5333


Dr. Megan Thiele (SOCI)
DMH 224
(408) 924-2975