Department of Sociology


The Department of Sociology had its beginnings in 1940 when the University offered a concentration in sociology.  Since then, the Sociology Department has been committed to excellence in teaching, research and community service. We currently have over 350 undergraduate students taking Sociology as majors and more than 40 graduate students enrolled in the master’s degree program as well as in the joint-master’s degree program in Criminology with the Criminal Justice Department. The department’s mission to students is to help them to develop a comprehensive understanding and appreciation of complex social issues. That includes social inequalities, injustice, unequal distribution of wealth, poverty and the social macro forces behind these phenomena in an increasingly era of globalization and a transnational way of life.  Sociology majors are well-grounded in both classical and contemporary theoretical frameworks. They must master the basics in both qualitative and qualitative research methods. Our rigorous and theory-driven curriculum is designed to teach our students to: 1) think analytically and critically about social structures and processes in a globalized environment, 2) to formulate sociological inquires and search for research-based solutions to society’s both persistent and new problems, and 3) to articulate a course of action.  

Aside from their teaching responsibilities, Sociology faculty pursue academic research in many different areas of expertise, including crime, demographic change, deviance, education, family, globalization, heath and illness, labor relations,  immigration, international border issues, race relations, social class, and mental health.  Several faculty members have attained regional, national and international recognitions through their prolific scholarly work and funded research endeavors.  Faculty members have also recently led or collaborated with researchers from leading research universities on projects of vast social and policy implications on topics such as undocumented immigrants, public health, community corrections and parole policies, and statistical strategies for sampling racial/ethnic minorities and other hard-to-reach populations.  Faculty members have also engaged in intense community-oriented research focused on salient local and regional problems that make significant contributions to the local communities.  Taking advantage of our geographical location, several faculty members focus on trans-border and trans-cultural research projects.

The Department also publishes Mobilization: An International Quarterly, a leading sociology journal. It is the premier journal of research in social movements and protest. This supports our emphasis on community-based service learning classes in our teaching program. The Department offers several courses in six broad areas: 1) Community Structure and Institutions, 2) Social Inequalities (encompassing race, class, labor, and healthcare), 3) Diversity and Change,  4) Crime and Control, 5) Microsociology, and 6) Research Methods.


News and Events

Fall 2014 Seminar Series, see link for text description

The Sociology Department would like to welcome its newest faculty member, Dr. Minjeong Kim, who will begin her Assistant Professor position with the department in the upcoming 2014/2015 academic year. 

Originally from South Korea, Minjeong Kim studied women’s studies (M.A.) and sociology (Ph.D.) at the University at Albany, State University of New York. She has taught courses primarily on gender and sexualities, including global gender issues, LGBTQ issues, and politics of bodies, as assistant professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Sociology at Virginia Tech. Her research areas include gender, family and international migration, as well as Asian American studies and the media. In addition to a co-edited volume, Global Gender Research: Transnational Perspectives (2009, Routledge, with Christine E. Bose), Kim has published several book chapters and articles on these topics in such journals as Qualitative Sociology, Social Politics, Asian Journal of Women’s Studies, Sociology Compass, and Journal of Korean Studies (forthcoming), and she is currently working on a book manuscript, tentatively titled Elusive Belonging: Marriage Migrants and “Multiculturalism” in Rural South Korea. She is thrilled to join SDSU and the we are extremely fortunate that she is joining our department.

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