Welcome to the Department of Sociology

Welcome to sociology at CSUSB. Our faculty and staff hope that you will take some time to explore our homepage and learn more about what we have to offer in terms of our educational courses and programs, service and leadership opportunities and faculty research, scholarship and professional development projects. Each of our faculty is passionate about sociology as it not only reflects our career interests but nearly every aspect of our daily lives. Once you become familiar with the sociological perspective it guides your thinking, how you perceive the world and encourages actions that enhance social equality and justice and respect for diversity.

The Department of Sociology provides a rigorous and academically challenging program of study that allows students to develop intellectually, socially, and professionally. We offer courses that analyze society from broad institutional and global perspectives as well as courses that examine individuals and groups as they interact with others in the course of their daily lives. Also, our courses prepare students to value and understand the research process and how research-based knowledge can be applied to help improve the quality of people’s lives. The department of sociology offers several programs to train students to pursue graduate studies in the social sciences and/or encourage students to apply their skills in social organizations. Our programs include a BA of Arts in Sociology and Social Services, a minor in Sociology, a Certificate in Social Services and a Certificate of Gerontology. We also support the women’ studies program within the College Social and Behavioral Sciences.

Students are encouraged to enhance their preparation for professional careers by enrolling in our internships available at numerous community agencies and organizations where they gain valuable on-site learning and work experience. Our Sociology Club and chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta Honor Society provide additional opportunities for students to develop leadership skills, get involved in worthwhile community and campus activities, and become more socially active and responsible. Our graduates leave with analytical, written and oral skills that are useful in obtaining satisfying careers, pursuing advanced graduate degrees and improving interpersonal relationships. The faculty takes pride in their professional work and are noted for their mentoring, that in many instances, lasts a lifetime.

Please consider learning more about sociology at CSUSB and joining us and having exciting, motivating and life-changing educational experiences.

Dale A. Lund, PhD
Professor & Chair