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Department ofSociology


Special Announcement

All department activities have been postponed indefinitely due to COVID-19. Find details on the university response here.

The Department of Sociology offers course of study that exposes cutting edge sociological ideas and foundations to prepare students to enter graduate school or pursue other professional opportunities.  The Santa Clara bachelor of science and minor promotes sociological perspectives and insights that are applicable to our own lives.  Students also gain a “sociological imagination” that unveils a greater understanding of the social forces and processes that shape our societies and influence socializations, institutions, cultures, and individual decisions.

In addition, to the rigorous analytical research and evaluation of contending 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.

Santa Clara Sociology students are challenged, through rigorous course work and experiential learning,

  • to apply evidence based solutions in business, public sector, human service, and community contexts to promote the common good,
  • to understand the forces of change and resistance to change in an increasingly diverse society,
  • to pursue methodologically and theoretical sophisticated research to reflect about social problems today, and
  • to critically examine the complex social and cultural realities that shape the human condition.

    Recent Department News

    • Sociology Professor Lisa Nunn, University of San Diego, will be a Visiting Scholar in our department this Spring.  Professor Nunn is an expert on student success, cultural sociology, and organizations.  During her visit, Nunn plans to lecture about her recent work concerning the success of first-generation students.

    • Rachel Massaro, a Vice President and Director of Research at the Silicon Valley Institute for Regional Studies, will deliver the 2020 Distinguished Lecture. Massaro was recently named Women of Influence by the Silicon Valley Business Journal and is the editor of the acclaimed Silicon Valley Index Report.

    • Erin Ronald, a 2019 graduate of our department is a national finalist for a Fulbright Fellowship.


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      Enrique Pumar, Department Chair

      Susan Babbel, Office Manager

      Office 408-554-2794

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