The function of sociology, as of every science, is to reveal that which is hidden.

– Pierre Bourdieu
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Sociology is the study of social life, social systems, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of Sociology ranges from organized crime to religious cults; and from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture.

The field offers a wide range of relevant research and knowledge that can be applied to virtually any aspect of social life: work and sports, how people communicate, welfare and education reform, or problems of peace and war. Sociology is based on the idea that the understanding of the dynamic structure of social life will allow us to analyze present situations against the backdrop of larger realities and lead to effective responses to those situations.

What You’ll Study
  • Sociology
  • Social Problems
  • Probability and Statistics-Social Sciences
  • Sociology of Women
  • Sociology of Aging
  • Marriage and Family
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Criminology

Visit our catalog for more information about the degrees and certificates, courses, and program learning outcomes for students majoring in Sociology.

Careers & Salary


  • Sociologist
  • Sociology Teacher
  • Manager


  • Low: $45k
  • Average: $101k
  • High: $208k+

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Adjunct Faculty
  • Pauline Acosta
  • Peter Aguilera
  • Juan Amescua
  • Stephanie Eaves
  • Warren Washington
Sociology Department

Location: Humanities, Room 238
T: (714) 484-7185
Department Chair: Regina Rhymes,