Drs. Ethel Nicdao, George Lewis (chair), Alison Alkon and Marcia Hernandez (Assistant Dean)
The Sociology department at Pacific offers classes in a broad range of subjects. In addition to core major courses, there are classes that focus on deviant and/or criminal behavior; community health and social services; and culture, communication and social meaning.
Examples of some of the topics our classes examine include:
- The social and political implications of gender differences in America
- Impacts of prejudice and racism on our society
- To how our individual identities are shaped by the social world around us—especially non-profit organizations
- The huge impact food preferences (and taboos) have in our collective lives
Many students choose to develop their own independent research projects and even present their results at conferences on and off campus. These opportunities provide good practice and grounding in the discipline that many larger major programs at other institutions are not able to offer.
Our Sociology majors are expected to involve themselves in some "experiential work"—usually off campus—where they intern or work with others who are doing sociology as their life work.
This gives our program an added dimension that many larger programs cannot provide. Not only do you learn what sociology is, but you actually get involved in doing it yourself as a part of your major program.
University and Community Involvement
Our students are very active in campus and community organizations, enriching their experience as Sociology majors.
The department itself is also works closely with other organizations and programs, such as the Gender and Ethnic Studies programs.