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Wendell Phillips Center, Second Floor
Sharon Donahue
Administrative Assistant
3611 Pacific Avenue
Stockton, CA 95211

Discover Sociology

Naveed Ahmed and Bill Clinton
Naveed Ahmed ('13) met with Bill Clinton during the Clinton Global Initiative University conference. Naveed and Chad Fraga ('14) received funding to attend the conference from the Global Center for Social Entrepreneurship, and while there procured funding to set up a mentoring program for Stockton youth.

The Sociology department at Pacific offers classes in a broad range of subjects. In addition to core major courses, there are courses that focus on culture, health, food and gender.

Examples of some of the topics our classes examine include:

  • The social and political implications of gender differences in America
  • The impacts of prejudice and racism on our society
  • The ways in which individual identities are shaped by the social world around us
  • The ways our food preferences are shaped by politics, economics and culture.

Be Inspired by Our Faculty

Sociology students have the opportunity to meet and work closely with faculty that have in-depth expertise covering diverse aspects of the discipline. Not only do our faculty excel in their own academic scholarship, but they also excel in imparting that knowledge to students.

Research Opportunities

Many students develop their own independent research projects and present their results at conferences on and off campus. Recent student work has touched on topics ranging from the effects of Barbie dolls on young girls' self esteem to understanding the needs and desires of low-income residents of South Stockton. The opportunity to work independently with faculty is rarely offered by larger programs at other institutions. 

Real-World Experience

Our Sociology majors are active both on and off campus, where their interpersonal skills are put to use in various ways. They are expected to be involved in "experiential learning"-- usually off campus-- where they intern with professionals in related fields including social work, law, veterans' services and criminal justice. These internships help students to better define their career goals, and sometimes even lead to employment in their chosen fields!

Class activities and exercises deliberately connect students to each other, to faculty projects, the local community, and even to local alumni who appear in class to discuss their professional insight in sociology. Field trips and field work will also deepen students' connection to their work and strengthen the bonds between students.

University and Community Involvement

Our students are very active in campus and community organizations, enriching their experience as Sociology majors. Two recent alums, Brandie Spencer ('11) and Gwendolyn Primous ('13), have each founded non-profit organizations working with Stockton youth. Several more alums have developed such a strong affiliation with student life that they have gone on to careers in student affairs!

Our Mission

In sociology, students will develop a sociological imagination that places individual life experiences in the context of the social and cultural structures that shape them. The department of sociology emphasizes the role of social inequalities in shaping social interactions and institutions, leading to both constraints and opportunities for individuals and groups. The program provides students with the fundamental knowledge of basic sociological concepts, research methods and theoretical perspectives and fosters development of their analytic skills. Additionally, it emphasizes intellectually rigorous experiential and service learning, providing students with a solid foundation to be engaged, well-informed citizens who can address social justice issues and systematic inequalities in a complex and diverse society.