May 17, 2024  
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog 
2020-2021 Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]


Department Chair: Kristine M. Zentgraf

Department Office: Psychology Building, Room 145
Telephone: (562) 985‑4602

Faculty: Sabrina Alimahomed-Wilson, Nielan Barnes, Carole Campbell, Jeffrey Davis, Shelley T. Eriksen, J. William Gibson, Jan Haldipur, Claudia Lopez, Nancy Martin, Shaeleya Miller, Chantrey J. Murphy, Leakhena Nou, Roberto J. Ortiz, Steven Osuna, Varisa Patrapon, Esa Syeed, Oliver Wang, Jake Wilson, Kerry Woodward, Kristine M. Zentgraf

Administrative Support Coordinators: Kim Glick, Jacqueline Southern

Students desiring information should refer to the department website or contact the department office for referral to faculty advisor:

Undergraduate Advisors: Steven Osuna, Varisa Patraporn, Kerry Woodward

Graduate Advisor: Jake Wilson

College: College of Liberal Arts  

Courses: SOC  

Career Possibilities

Sociologist • Social Worker • Health Care Administrator • Community Organizer • School Counselor • Urban Planner • Personnel Manager • Statistician • Public Health Worker • College Student Service Worker • Lawyer • Lobbyist • City Planning Aide • Adoption Counselor • Market Researcher • Employment Interviewer • Management Trainee (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see


Sociology courses are suitable for fulfilling general education or elective requirements for students of other majors.

Honors in Sociology

Students may be admitted to Sociology Honors program (an option of the University Honors Program) when they have:

  1. A minimum of three semesters remaining before graduation;
  2. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 overall and a minimum GPA of 3.5 in Sociology courses;
  3. Completed the lower division courses required for the major (SOC 100 , SOC 142 , SOC 170 , SOC 270 ) or have junior standing and a minimum of four sociology courses;
  4. Submitted an application with one letter of recommendation from a faculty member.

To graduate with Honors in Sociology a student must:

  1. Complete all regular requirements for the major in Sociology;
  2. Complete 3 units of an Honors Selected Topics (SOC 487H  or equivalent approved by the department honors advisor) and 6 units related to the Honors Thesis (SOC 488H  and SOC 489H  or equivalent 6 units accepted by the department honors advisor). These required 9 units may be in addition to general requirements for the major in sociology or may be counted as part of the concentration or elective units required for the regular Sociology BA degree. SOC 488H  and SOC 489H  are equivalent to UHP 496  and UHP 498 ;
  3. Do one of the following: Present own original research paper for a student research competition, present such a paper at a professional meeting, or write a research paper that the department honors advisor agrees is of professional quality;
  4. Serve as a Student Teaching Fellow (peer facilitator) for at least one undergraduate sociology course OR serve as a research intern under faculty supervision.

Students are strongly encouraged to:

  1. Join Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society;
  2. Engage in service to the department or the discipline of sociology.


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