Welcome to the Department of Sociology
Sociology Department Statement In Solidarity with our Asian and Asian American Communities:
To all who make up our CSU communities:
We stand at a pivotal moment in our nation’s history as we reckon with white supremacist violence against communities of color. The Department of Sociology at CSUF unequivocally condemns the gendered racial violence perpetrated against our Asian and Asian American brothers, sisters, and gender nonbinary peoples across this country. The rise in anti-Asian violence and harassment related to the COVID-19 pandemic has historical roots in racism that has characterized Asian migrants as carriers of disease who are “forever foreign.” The former president’s racist rhetoric of the “China virus” and “kung flu” contributed to these hateful acts. With over 3800 reported cases of violence against Asian Americans, 68% perpetrated against women since March 2020 (see below for more information on stopping AAPI Hate), we as a nation can no longer ignore and minimize anti-Asian racism, including its ties with settler colonialism and U.S. military occupation in the Asia-Pacific region.
The time to speak is now and to stand in solidarity with all of our Asian and Asian American students, faculty, staff, family, and communities who have experienced racism, violence, and discrimination. For anyone who might feel targeted, scared, angry, sad, and fearful for their elders, family, friends, communities, and themselves, please know we are here to support you. As a department, we send strength, support and love to the eight victims of the Atlanta shooter and their loved ones, six of whom were women of Asian descent. If you experience distress, it is your right as a student to connect with the Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) (Phone: 657-278-3040). You are also entitled to the resources at You@fullerton , a virtual wellness platform designed to help you: 1) to succeed, 2) to thrive, and 3) to matter.
We need pan-ethnic, multi-racial, and gender and sexual-equity-based solidarities if we are to realize social justice. We draw our inspiration from a long history of Asian American movement organizers and activists who have worked in solidarity with the Black Freedom Struggle and Black Lives Matter, with Latinx peoples detained at the border and put in cages, and with Indigenous peoples to stop the Dakota Pipeline. In response to this crisis, Asian and Asian American community leaders ask that we see and act according to the reality that our freedom is collectively bound. We seek to continue this legacy of collective liberation against fascism, which divides our communities of color.
Thus, we embrace our diverse student body and our wider communities. We proclaim our department and courses, our faculty and staff, as repudiating hate speech, actions, and policies that compromise our beloved communities. Our educational spaces are dedicated to empowerment, knowledge building, equity, equal rights, dignity, and access for all of our students, regardless of citizenship, religion, sexual and/or gender identification, and race. In these sanctuary spaces, we can come together and counter the policies and ideologies that invigorate hate, and which stand to compromise social justice. In these efforts, we seek to build a loving and socially just community where our Asian and Asian American brothers, sisters, and gender nonbinary people can learn, grow, and fully embrace their lives.
In love and solidarity,
The Faculty and Staff of the CSUF Sociology Department, March 18, 2021
For more information, or to report anti-Asian American violence, please visit the Stop AAPI Hate website . Stop AAPI Hate is an organization formed by the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action, and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University.
To learn more and get involved please see Asian American Justice + Innovation Lab (AAJIL) website .
Our campus Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) provides a range of support services including a group for our students who identify as Asian Pacific Islander Desi/American. Please review the CAPS flyer for details.
We also encourage you to visit the Asian American Studies (ASAM) website and consider taking classes in that department in the future.
Trouble registering for Sociology classes? Please use our permit request form for assistance:
- To ensure safety, CSUF has temporarily suspended all non-essential on-campus functions.
- ALL classes continue remotely.
- Please contact your instructors via email if you have any questions.
- Our department is working remotely and continues to provide you assistance online. Our online support is Monday - Friday, 8am - 5pm.
- To add/drop a major or minor in Sociology, or to add/drop a Sociology concentration , please fill out the request on the online major/minor form . Instructions for filling out form can be found on the Records website.
Please provide your full name and CWID in your emails:
- For general assistance please contact us at our sociology email account or you may contact us at 657-278-3531.
- For undergraduate advising , please email our sociology advising account . Please review our advising page for booking an appointment.
- For graduate advising , please email Dr. Chin . Her advising appointments can be made on her graduate advising page.
- To contact the department chair , please email Dr. Torr . Dr. Torr has office hours on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 9:00 - 10:30am. Please email her to schedule an appointment during her office hours. Please be sure to include your name, CWID, the reason you would like to speak with her, and any preferred times.
We wish you the best as we continue to support you. Take care and be well.
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What is Sociology?
Sociology is a social science that studies the social lives and behaviors of people, groups, institutions, and societies. Sociology examines social phenomena at multiple levels by using a variety of methods, including qualitative and quantitative approaches. It covers a wide range of social processes, from the analysis of brief interactions among strangers to the study of large-scale global change. Sociologists ask questions like: What types of social relations and processes create and maintain class or racial inequalities in society? What are the bases of social solidarity, trust and cohesion among people in an organization? What are the social causes and consequences of crime and deviance? How do social movements shape the health care system? What is the role of institutions in regulating gender and sexual behaviors? Are modern societies becoming more secular or more religious?
Why Study Sociology?
A degree in Sociology is part of a strong program of liberal arts studies that fosters critical thinking and analytical abilities as well as develops the writing and communication skills that prepare students for a diverse and increasingly global job market. Majoring in Sociology prepares students for a wide range of occupations including social work, market research and statistical analysis, education, criminal justice, business and management, graduate school, and community and social services, among others.
Sociology at CSU Fullerton
The Sociology Department at California State University Fullerton is committed to providing our students with the skills and methods to study social behavior from a sociological perspective. Our mission is to develop among our students a critical, ethical, and inclusive understanding of complex social phenomena. The Department therefore offers rigorous, quality undergraduate and graduate academic programs in Sociology that provide a supportive student-centered learning environment and promote civic engagement in the local and global communities.