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Sociology

Welcome to the Department of Sociology!

The mission of the B.A. program in Sociology is to provide a stimulating and nurturing learning atmosphere for a highly diverse group of students. The program seeks to have students develop and express a love of learning and a respect for a wide range of intellectual perspectives, including a variety of theories and scientific methodologies. We are dedicated to providing students with tools and opportunities to critically examine social life, including the full range of social problems. Students learn specifically about the workings of social institutions, patterns of group life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Students who choose the option in social services will learn basic principles and practices in applying this perspective to support individuals, families and groups, or for going on to do graduate study in social work, public administration or counseling.

Students will increase their appreciation of the value of all human beings and a commitment to an inclusive and just society that addresses the needs of all groups of people. In acquiring a deep understanding of the structure of groups, organizations, and societies -- and human interaction within these contexts, our students develop their capacity for more personally rewarding and socially responsible participation and leadership in their families, their work, their communities, society as a whole.

Department News

Sociology Department BLM Statement (June 2020)

The Sociology Department has released a statement about our support for the Black Lives Matter movement and our plans, including specific action items, to address anti-Black racism within our department and on campus. Read More

How Civic Organizations Are Helping to Fight COVID-19

Sociology Professor Jean Lin and her colleague Aaron Horvath report on the many ways non-profit organizations are supporting their communities during the Covid-19 pandemic. Sociology major Susie Rhim is a research assistant on this project. Read More

Department Anti-Racism Statement

Dear Sociology Department students, Many of you have heard of the mass shootings on Tuesday, 3/16, targeting massage parlors in Atlanta that have left eight dead, including six Asian women. The faculty and staff of the Sociology Department extend our condolences and want to express our support for the Asian American community of CSUEB, especially our students. We know this type of hate and violence has potential long-term mental health consequences for the AAPI community, impacts that can be exacerbated due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Last year the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others by police as well as by mass shooters like Kyle Rittenhouse sparked discussions and reflection on the realities of anti-Black racism in our country, communities, and Universities. At that time, the Sociology department expressed our commitment to do more to respond to anti-Blackness, police violence, and white supremacy on our campus. We recognize that ongoing incidents of anti-Asian racism are another facet of white supremacy. Groups like Stop AAPI Hate and the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism have documented a 150% increase in anti-Asian hate crimes in major cities around the country last year, including locally in the Bay Area, with over 3,795 incidents reported nationally between March 2020 and February 2021 (68% of these targeting women). To move forward and prevent future harm requires that we recognize the shared roots of anti-Black and anti-Asian violence. White supremacist violence is also gendered, as indicated by the recent shootings in Atlanta and the growth of white male supremacist terrorism. Far-right hate groups rely on misogyny and sexism to recruit and radicalize members. The sexual fetishization of Asian women expressed by the perpetrator of the Atlanta shootings is tied to white supremacist imperialist ideologies. We also want to acknowledge that more policing is not the solution to anti-Asian hate crimes, illustrated clearly by the recent murder of Angelo Quinto by police in Antioch. (Please consider signing this petition seeking justice for Quinto’s family.) As expressed by numerous Asian organizations across the Bay Area demanding action against recent hate crimes, “we know that an over-reliance on law enforcement approaches has largely been ineffective and has been disproportionately harmful to Black communities and other communities of color. We believe the solution to violence is to empower our communities with resources, support, and education—this is how we make all of our communities safe.” Our department is committed to combating racism in all forms in our communities and our University. We echo our Diversity Officer in saying that “We are holding you, your pain, your hurt. Your fear is seen and acknowledged. We, your East Bay, community are here in solidarity, in our advocacy, as your accomplices. We value YOU, We appreciate YOU.” We will continue to reflect on what else we can do as a department to better support our Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) students, staff, and faculty. Please feel free to contact us with suggestions moving forward or add ideas to this living document of action items. Remember, there are also a variety of other campus support services to help you, including the Student Health & Counseling Services, Pioneers for Hope, and the Diversity and Inclusion Student Center. Wishing you all solace, CSUEB Sociology Department Additional Resources Asian Pacific Islander Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA) APALA’s Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit Red Canary Song National Organization of Asians and Pacific Islanders Ending Sexual Violence Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Atlanta Korean American Coalition Metro Atlanta Asian Americans Advancing Racial Justice (AAJC) Asian Mental Health Collective Asian Americans Advancing Justice–Asian Law Caucus CAAAV Organizing Asian Communities South Asian Americans Leading Together (SAALT) AAPI Community Fund Asian Pacific Fund Read More