The Social Aspects of Sociology
As a Sociology major, you will get to know your fellow major (and minor) students in a number of ways. The first two courses you will likely take are our Foundations and Research Methods classes. As these courses are for majors and minors only, you are thrown together with all other beginning Sociology students.
Class activities and exercises deliberately connect students to each other, to faculty projects, and even to local alums who appear in class to discuss what they are doing with sociology. These alumni sometimes have internship positions in the community that you can apply for.
Students of the "Environment and Society" course attended the Bioneers Conference in San Rafael
Making a Difference
Sociology majors are active both on and off campus, where their "people skills" are put to use in various ways. A few examples of activities our students have been involved in include:
- Helping disadvantaged youth in our community
- Writing training manuals dealing with ethnic sensitivity for our local court system
- Gathering and analyzing data in nationally funded community surveys
- Presenting their own research at professional meetings like the Pacific Sociological Association
- Working to empower student groups on campus to reach out and connect in socially meaningful ways with the local community
In addition to multiple activities on campus and in Stockton, Sociology majors can also study abroad as part of their program or participate in the Washington Semester Program.
Pacific Sociological Society
This group of students aims to promote sociological thought, discussion, and activism. Many students in the group present at professional conferences, and the group has brought guest speakers to campus.
Students and alums enjoy the department's first annual Alumni Banquet and Holiday Party. From left to right Kyle Maxwell ('13), Ana Garcia ('12), Alexis Cardoza ('12), Sarah Cassese ('11), Leora Pollack ('11) and Meg Jordan ('11)