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Department ofSociology

The Department of Sociology bachelor of science and minor expose students to ideas and foundations that prepare them for graduate school or to pursue other professional opportunities. Students gain a “sociological imagination” that unveils a greater understanding of the social forces and processes that shape our societies and influence institutions, cultures, and individual decisions.

In addition to the rigorous analytical research and evaluation of theoretical perspectives, our sociology curriculum is rooted in the spirit of a Jesuit education stressing competence, conscience, and compassion. An active internship experience complements the liberal arts orientation of our courses.

The Department of Sociology offers a course of study that exposes cutting edge sociological ideas and foundations to prepare students to enter graduate school or pursue other professional opportunities.  Santa Clara promotes sociological perspectives and insights that are applicable to our own lives.

2020 Silicon Valley Sociological Review

Annual research journal showcasing distinguished papers from students

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    “My training in sociology at Santa Clara is the foundation of my career as sociology professor. Santa Clara’s faculty taught me how to use data to understand a range of social phenomena, showed me how to do independent research, and helped me connect what I learned in the classroom to real-world solutions to the most pressing issues of our time. The department instilled in me Jesuit ideals that continue to guide my work:  competence, conscience, and compassion.”

    Tomás Jiménez, Professor, Department of Sociology, Stanford University


    Average Class size
    in Upper-Division Courses


    Student : Faculty Ratio,
    Giving our students opportunities to interact closely with faculty

    more than 10%

    of students
    attend graduate school after SCU

    over 50

    Courses offered each year, providing a wide variety of options to choose from

    1 National

    Departmental teaching award from the American Sociological Association


    of graduates work full-time after graduation where they worked for their internships

    Spring 2021 Newsletter

    Fall 2020 Newsletter


    Contact Us

    Enrique Pumar, Ph.D., Department Chair

    Anna Rivard, Department Manager

    Office 408-554-2794

    O'Connor Hall, 311