Apr 18, 2024  
2023/2024 University Catalog 
2023/2024 University Catalog


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OFFICE: Nasatir Hall 224
TELEPHONE: 619-594-4826 / FAX: 619-594-1325
E-MAIL: sociology@sdsu.edu
WEBSITE: http://sociology.sdsu.edu


Chair: Shultz, Norah, Professor of Sociology (B.A., Rosemont College, M.A., Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College)

Graduate Admissions and Graduate AdviserChoi, Jung M., Professor of Sociology (Ph.D., York University, Toronto)

Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty:

Beck, Audrey N., Associate Professor of Sociology (B.A., University of California, Los Angeles; M.A., Ph.D., Duke University)

Brown, Timothy C., Associate Professor of Sociology (B.A., M.A., Ph.D., Louisiana State University)

Choi, Jung Min, Professor of Sociology (B.A., University of California, Berkeley; M.A., University of Miami; Ph.D., York University, Canada)

Esbenshade, Jill, Professor of Sociology and Director, Center for Community Research and Engagement (Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley)

Gibbons, Joseph, Associate Professor of Sociology (Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York)

Johnston, Hank, Professor of Sociology and Hansen Chair of Peace and Nonviolence Studies (Ph.D., University of California, San Diego)

Kim, Minjeong, Associate Professor of Sociology (B.A., The Ohio State University; M.A., Ph.D., University at Albany, State University of New York)

Liu, Ruth X., Professor of Sociology (Ph.D., Texas A&M University)

Marcelli, Enrico A., Associate Professor of Sociology (B.A., Messiah College; M.A., Ph.D., University of Southern California)

McCall, Michael, Associate Professor of Sociology (B.S., M.A., University of Akron; Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis)

Ojeda, Norma, Professor Emerita of Sociology (Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin)

Roberts, Michael J., Professor of Sociology (Ph.D., City University of New York, Graduate Center)

Shultz, Norah, Professor of Sociology and Director of Inclusive Curriculum, Division of Student Affairs and Campus Diversity (Ph.D., Bryn Mawr College)

Suh, Stephen, Assistant Professor of Sociology (B.A., University of California; M.A, Ph.D., University of Minnesota)

Williams, Neftalie, Assistant Professor of Sociology (B.A., M.A., University of Southern California; Ph.D., University of Waikato)


Bursalyan, Haroutun, M.A., Sociology

Cruz, Luciano, Ph.D., Sociology

Davis, Daniel, Ph.D., Sociology

Gluzman, Anna, Ph.D., Sociology

Holkenbrink-Monk, Charlene, M.A., Sociology

Kristopher, Kohler, Ph.D., Sociology

Langord, Rachael Horn, M.A. Sociology

Rowe, Matthew, Ph.D., Sociology

Wong, Amy C., M.A., Sociology


Bloomberg, Jr., Warner, Ph.D., 1973-1989, Professor of Sociology

Buck, Robert, Ph.D., 1969-2005, Associate Professor of Sociology

Chandler, Shelly, Ph.D., 1966-2003, Associate Professor of Sociology

Cottrell, Ann, Ph.D., 1967-1999, Professor of Sociology

El-Assal, Mohamed, Ph.D., 1967-1992, Professor of Sociology

Emerick, Robert, Ph.D., 1968-2004, Professor of Sociology

Gay, Phillip, Ph.D., 1976-2007, Professor of Sociology

Gillette, Thomas, Ph.D., 1961-1989, Professor of Sociology

Hill, Jr., Richard, Ph.D., 1969-1999, Assistant Professor of Sociology, SDSU Imperial Valley

Hohm, Chuck F., Ph.D., 1973-2004, Professor of Sociology

Ima, Kenji, Ph.D., 1972-2000, Professor of Sociology

Kolody, Bohdan, Ph.D., 1972-2008, Professor of Sociology

Preston, David, Ph.D., 1971-2001, Professor of Sociology

Sandlin, Joann, Ph.D., 1967-1994, Professor of Sociology

Scheck, Dennis, Ph.D., 1968-2001, Professor of Sociology

Schulze, Rolf, Ph.D., 1969-1998, Professor of Sociology

Stephenson, III, John, Ph.D., 1969-1986, Professor of Sociology

Winslow, Robert, Ph.D., 1965-2000, Professor of Sociology

Zhang, Sheldon, Ph.D., 2002-2016, Professor of Sociology

Undergraduate Information

The Major

Sociology is the study of human social behavior. Among other things, it includes the study of intimate personal relationships to large-scale social institutions which constitute societies and world systems; the shared cultural beliefs which hold societies together and make life meaningful; the cleavages of class, ethnicity, gender, and race, and the inequalities and conflicts associated with them; and the causes and consequences of crime and other forms of social deviance.

While the Sociology department offers a wide variety of courses, the focus of its curriculum is community issues. Communities consist of networks of personal relationships that underlie the large scale organizational and institutional structures that constitute societies. These social ties constitute the power resources - or “social capital” - through which things get done. They provide a kind of interpersonal glue that creates social cohesion and enables people within organizations and institutions to form coalitions, initiate processes for social change, and consolidate power resources in seeking to change social structure.

A bachelor’s degree in Sociology provides an excellent Liberal Arts foundation for embarking on a wide range of career paths. A major in Sociology provides the graduate with the skills necessary to work effectively with groups of people. Some possible areas of employment are public and private agencies, college settings, publishing, businesses, research facilities, human resources, human services, corrections, local/state/federal governments, health facilities. The degree also prepares students to enter graduate programs in Sociology, Law, Public Health, and Teaching, to name a few.


All College of Arts and Letters majors are urged to consult with their department adviser as soon as possible; they are required to meet with their department adviser within the first two semesters after declaration or change of major.

Undergraduate Advisor: Lenoue, Michelle, Student Success Advisor (B.S., Plymouth State University; M.A., San Diego State University)

Graduate Information

Associateships and Assistantships

Graduate teaching associateships and graduate assistantships in Sociology are available to a limited number of qualified Sociology students. Application forms and further information are sent out to enrolled graduate students each semester for consideration.

General Information

The Department of Sociology offers graduate work leading to the Master of Arts degree in Sociology. Research facilities provided by the Department of Sociology include a well-equipped Social Science Research Laboratory for use by the faculty and graduate students. Faculty in the Department of Sociology are involved in a wide range of research activities. Regular opportunities exist for participation in these projects by graduate students within the department. The program also prepares students for teaching careers.

Admission to Graduate Study

Students will be admitted for the fall semester only. Application packages must be received and completed by the deadline. Deadlines are available on the university Graduate Division website. All students must satisfy the general requirements for admission to the university with classified graduate standing, as described in Admission and Registration . The graduate advisory committee may consider conditionally classified standing for students whose preparation is deemed insufficient. They will be required to complete specified courses in addition to the minimum of 31 units required for the degree.

Meeting all the indicated criteria does not guarantee admission to the program, since admission is also dependent on the facilities and resources available in the department.

There are two parts to the application process. Students applying for admission should electronically submit the university application available at http://www.calstate.edu/apply along with the application fee, and then go to the department website at http://sociology.sdsu.edu/graduate/application.html and follow the steps. All applicants must submit admissions materials separately to SDSU Graduate Admissions and to the Department of Sociology.

Graduate Admissions

The following materials should be submitted as a complete package directly to:

Graduate Admissions
Enrollment Services
5500 Campanile Drive
San Diego State University
San Diego, CA 92182-7416

  1. One official transcript (in sealed envelopes) from each postsecondary institutions attended;
    • Students who attended SDSU need only submit transcripts for work completed since last attendance.
    • Students with international coursework must submit both the official transcript and proof of degree. If documents are in a language other than English, they must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
  2. GRE scores (http://www.ets.org SDSU institution code 4682);
  3. English language score, if the medium of instruction was in a language other than English (http://www.ets.org SDSU institution code 4682).
Department of Sociology

The following admissions materials must be submitted electronically:

  1. Three letters of recommendation (at least two must be from persons who can speak to academic ability);
  2. Personal statement;
  3. Writing sample (preferably an academic paper). If this is not available, send an extended, three to five page personal statement;
  4. Copy of transcript (these do not need to be sent directly from the colleges; photocopies are acceptable).

For information regarding the admissions process, visit the department website at http://sociology.sdsu.edu/graduate/application.html.


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