Welcome to the Department of Sociology



As members of the Departments of Sociology and Sexuality Studies, we are devastated by the massacre that occurred at Pulse, a gay nightclub, in Orlando, FL on Sunday, June 12, 2016. We stand in solidarity with the LGBTQ community, particularly queer Latinx, some immigrants, many Puerto Rican, who were specifically targeted at a queer bar on “Latin Night.” We mourn with the families, biological and chosen, who have lost their loved ones and those who are still awaiting their loved ones’ recovery. Understanding the multiplicity of structural oppressions that served as motivations for this tragedy, we also stand in solidarity with Muslim communities, who have been targeted for an assumed relationship to the gunman, including the Muslim LGBTQ communities, who have also been erased in this discourse. Closer to home, our hearts are with our students, colleagues, and staff who sustain us here at SFSU and beyond. In our grieving, we will continue to commit to the deepening of our work: academic, activist, familial and communal as it relates to race, sexuality, gender, immigration, and the intersections therein.




Andreana Clay   

Department Chair       


Jessica Fields

Professor and Graduate Studies Coordinator



Welcome to the Department of Sociology

The mission of the Department of Sociology is to provide our students with the abilities necessary to explore systematically the connections between people and their social worlds in order to better understand the social, political, and cultural context in which problems develop and changes occur. The development of new technologies and the opportunities they bring, changes in personal relationships and public life, increased diversity in our communities, the globalization of a broad spectrum of human endeavors all bring with them both exciting possibilities for reconstructing society, and serious potential pitfalls. Studying the impact of such societal changes and seeking to develop strategies to influence and respond to them is the goal of Sociology. After completing a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, students will have:

  • Developed a critical consciousness of the social, political, economic, and cultural contexts of the social world and the processes and possibilities of social change

  • An understanding of how these issues and experiences apply to negotiating urban life in a time of increasing diversity, of expanding globalization and rapidly advancing technology

  • An appreciation of the differences in perspectives in our diverse communities and how these are informed by differences in their life experiences and positions in the social structure,

  • Developed skills in using both innovative and traditional techniques of analysis and empirical investigation and in communicating effectively their knowledge and sociologically informed insights to a broad range of audiences.