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 2017 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 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. 

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 (SISS Designated Major Advisor)

Areas: Medical Sociology; Qualitative Methods; Socialization; Gender

Office Hours: Dudley Moorhead Hall 211 at the following days and times.
Mondays: 10:15 AM to 11:45 AM; 4 PM to 6 PM
Wednesdays: 10:15 AM to 11:15 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.
Tuesdays: 1 PM to 3 PM
Thursdays: 1 PM to 3 PM
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 PM to 4:30 PM and Thursdays: 2 PM to 3:30 PM
Dr. Tanya Bakhru (Women, Gender, & Sexuality Studies Program Coordinator)

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

Office: DMH 213   Hours: Wednesdays: 3 PM to 5 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: 12 PM to 1:15 PM
                                                    Thursdays: 12 PM to 1:15 PM, and by appointment. 


Dr. Hien Do (Asian American Studies Program Coordinator)

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

Office: DMH 221   Hours: Mondays 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, and by appointment.


Dr. Shahin Gerami

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

Office: DMH 238A   Hours: Mondays and Wednesdays: 12 PM to 1 PM


Dr. Amy Leisenring (Director of Graduate Studies)

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

Office: Clark 240   Hours: Tuesdays: 3 PM to 5 PM (M.A. Students Only)


Dr. Susan B. Murray

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

Office: DMH 211   Hours: Tuesdays: 9 AM to 10 AM; Thursdays: 3 PM to 4 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 and Thursdays: 12 PM to 1:30 PM


Dr. Preston Rudy

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

Office: DMH 222   Hours: Tuesdays and Thursdays: 9:30 AM to 10:15 AM
                                                    Tuesdays: 4:30 PM to 5 PM and 8:45 PM to 9:15 PM


Dr. Megan Thiele

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

Office: DMH 222   Hours: Thursdays: 4 PM to 5 PM, and by appointment.