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The Department of Sociology offers a bachelor of science degree. A minor in sociology is also offered. A solid undergraduate foundation in sociology secures the anayltical skills needed to undertake professional degree programs in sociology, business , law, and social services or to embark on a number of  careers from management to research.

SCU’s Sociology students are encouraged, through course work and experiential learning,

  • to apply sociology in business, public sector, human service, and community contexts to
    improve organizational functioning
  • to develop a client-centered orientation (identifying challenges other people face and assisting in addressing those challenges)
  • to understand change and resistance to change in an increasingly diverse society and
    organizations, and assist clients in successfully managing the change.
  • to assume responsibility for getting projects done properly, independently and in teams.

Faculty Spotlight

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    Laura Robinson Tenured and Promoted!

    Since coming to Santa Clara University, Laura Robinson has continued her contribution to the field of digital sociology on a number of fronts. Her publications examine topics including digital and informational inequalities, qualitative research methods, interaction and identity work, and digital media in Brazil, France, and the United States. Robinson’s research has earned awards from the Association of Internet Researchers (AOIR), the National Communication Association International and Intercultural Division (NCA IICD), and the Communication, Information Technologies, and Media Sociology section of the American Sociological Association (CITAMS). Before coming to SCU, Robinson earned her PhD from UCLA, where she held a Mellon Fellowship in Latin American Studies and received a Bourse d’Accueil at the École Normale Supérieure. In addition to holding a postdoctoral fellowship on a John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation funded project at the USC Annenberg Center, Robinson has served as Visiting Assistant Professor at Cornell University and Visiting Scholar at Trinity College Dublin. In addition to serving as Series Co-Editor for Emerald Studies in Media and Communications, Robinson was also elected and served as Section Chair for CITAMS. Her website is

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    Professor Alma Garcia was sworn in on June 22, 2016 as a commissioner for the Santa Clara Senior Advisory Commission by Ron Diridon Jr., Hon. City Clerk and Auditor, Santa Clara. Professor Garcia will serve for a four-year term that is renewable for an additional four.


Alumni Update

Tomas R. Jiménez ('98 Sociology and SCU valedictorian) received the 2015-1016 Dean's Award for Distinguished Teaching in the School of Humanities and Sciences at Stanford University. Tomas' research has appeared in numerous sociological publications includingAmerican Sociological Review, the top journal in sociology. His book, Replenished Ethnicity: Mexican Americans, Immigration and Identity was published by Stanford University Press, in 2010. 

  • Óscar Quiroz-Medrano ’17: Agent for Change

    Óscar Quiroz-Medrano wants all children of color who visit campus to see someone who looks like them going to school here so they can see it as an option for themselves.

    Student Spotlight