Two ColumnsDepartment of Sociology

Improving Human Well-Being by Investigating Social Inequalities


A Statement of Solidarity with Black Lives Matter and Against Anti-Blackness

SDSU’s College of Arts and Letters stands in solidarity with our Black communities. We denounce racism in any form and violence against Black people, and we stand firm in our belief that Black lives matter.

As a community of university faculty and staff, it is our duty to actively support and advocate for solutions to systemic racism across our nation, the world, and our campus. Read the full statement.

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Undergraduate Awards

Undergraduate Awards

Attention Graduating Seniors of Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Summer 2023!

Please consider applying for either or both of the following Sociology department awards. Apply using a short application posted on Canvas by April 17th.

Please direct all questions to Dr. Norah Shultz at [email protected].

Excellence in Sociological Research
This award recognizes excellence in research that advances issues of sociological importance. This student demonstrates mastery of sociological methods and analysis as a means for improving human wellbeing and/or addressing social inequalities. Although student research within a class will be considered, special consideration will be given for research which is presented at academic conferences or for community members and/or is disseminated beyond the classroom setting (e.g., policy report, academic publication, social media engagement, website platforms, etc.).

Excellence in Community Engagement
This award recognizes excellence in service to the community. This student embodies sociological concepts in their engagement with the community; the community engagement serves to improve human wellbeing and/or address social inequalities. Community may include the disciplinary community (professional sociology organizations, Sociology Club, etc.), the university community, the local community outside the university, or the global community.


Class of 2023, Sociology Commencement Celebration, May 12, 10am, Montezuma Hall, RSVP by May 1, Questions? Contact

Congratulations to the Class of 2023

Department of Sociology Commencement Celebration

Friday, May 12 | 10 a.m | Location Update! Montezuma Hall

RSVP by May 1
Questions? Contact [email protected].

College of Arts and Letters Undergraduate Commencement

Friday, May 12 | 1 p.m. | Viejas Arena
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Graduate Studies Commencement

Friday, May 12 | 5 p.m. | Viejas Arena
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Sociology Newsletter

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Important Links

Center for Community Research and Engagement

CCREThe CCRE promotes community-based projects through applied research in order to explore ways to improve well-being.

Visit the CCRE website

Surf/Skate Studies Collaborative (SSSC)

Surf/Skate Studies CollaborativeThe collaborative includes new courses for SDSU students, a biennial conference, a new international journal, and a variety of community outreach projects. 

Visit the SSSC website. 


MobilizationThe department publishes Mobilization: An International Quarterly, a leading research journal in social movements and protest.

Visit the Mobilization website

Alpha Kappa Delta

Alpha Kappa DeltaAlpha Kappa Delta (AKD) is an internationally recognized honor society that is open to all students.

Visit the AKD website

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