This is an archive of the 2017-2018 University Catalog.
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This is an archive of the 2017-2018 University Catalog.
To access the most recent version, please visit

Mission Statement

The Sociology department and faculty are committed to creating a supportive environment for student-centered learning and achievement. Our students are exposed to all aspects of sociology and acquire sociological perspectives and the techniques for studying society. They learn to critically examine the value assumptions of our institutions and social practices, including the values and practices of our discipline itself. This reflexive stance is an essential element of sociological understanding. Our students will learn how sociology has been used to solve problems for clients, foundations, agencies and the community, and has contributed to social policy formulation and policy analysis. They will learn how sociologists engage in dialog and engagement with different publics in the civil society. Through their education, our students will understand that sociology and civil society are interdependent, both flourishing in an open and democratic discourse on the issues and crises of modernity.

Academic Advisement

Seeking academic advisement is essential to academic success and timely graduation. Academic advisement is available to students through both the department advisor and staff advisors in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Student Services Center/EOP. Students may call (818) 677-2658 to schedule an appointment. Faculty and advisor office hours are posted in the Sociology Department Office and on the department website. Contact the department for graduate advisement.


Sociology provides an excellent liberal arts background, which prepares students for a wide variety of careers ranging from law to business to medicine. Sociology majors find employment in management, social work, statistical analysis, market research, education, criminal justice, government, probation, and community and social services.

Clubs and Societies


Chair: Karen Morgaine
Santa Susana Hall (SN) 321
(818) 677-3591