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

Spring 2018 Major Advising

All professors below are involved in major advising during the Fall/Spring semesters; they are here to assist you in choosing classes towards your major requirements. You must meet with a major advisor before you reach 85 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. 


  • "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 (SISS Designated Major Advisor)

Areas: Medical Sociology; Qualitative Methods; Socialization; Gender

      Office Hours: Dudley Moorhead Hall 211 at the following days and times:                      Mondays 2:15 PM to 5:45 PM, Wednesdays 8:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Dr. Susan B. Murray (SISS Designated Major Advisor)

Areas: Gender; Family; Family Violence; Campus Climate and Whiteness Studies

        Office: DMH 211 Hours: Tuesdays 2:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Thursdays 8:30 AM to 11:45 AM


Dr. Faustina DuCros (SISS Designated Major Advisor)

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

Office Hours: Dudley Moorhead Hall 212 at the following days and times.
             Note: Dr. DuCros is on Sabbatical until August 2018

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

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

Office: DMH 220 Hours: Tuesdays 2:30 PM to 4:30 PM, Thursdays 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM


Dr. William Armaline

Areas: Political Sociology; Critical Race Theory; Human Rights; Qualitative/Ethnographic               Methods; Educational Policy Reform; Drug Policy Reform

Office: DMH 21 Hours:  Mondays and Wednesdays: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM

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

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

Office: DMH 213 Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM


 Dr. Peter Chua

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

Office: DMH 223 Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 1:20 PM to 2:20 PM


Dr. Hien Do (Asian American Studies Program Coordinator)

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

Office: DMH 221 Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays 3:00 PM to 4:00 PM


Dr. Shahin Gerami

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

Office: DMH 238A Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM


Dr. Amy Leisenring (Director of Graduate Studies)

Areas: Gender; Family; Intimate Partner Violence; Qualitative Methods;
Sociology of Higher Education

Office: Clark 240 Hours: By appointment only


Dr. Scott Myers-Lipton

       Areas: Social Action, Poverty, Wealth & Privilege 

       Office: DMH 210 Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 12:15 PM to 1:45 PM


Dr. Wendy Rouse (Social Science Teacher Preparation Advisor)

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

Office: DMH 239  Hours: Tuesdays/Thursdays: 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM


Dr. Preston Rudy

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

Office: DMH 222 Hours: Monday: 8:45 PM to 9:15 AM, Tuesday: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM, Wednesday: 5:45 PM to 6:15 PM, Thursday: 10:30 AM to 11:00 AM


Dr. Megan Thiele

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

Office: DMH 222 Hours: Wednesday: 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM, and by appointment