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College of Liberal Arts

Department Chair: Norma S. Chinchilla

Department Office: Psychology Building, Room 145
Telephone: (562) 985-4602

Faculty: Nielan Barnes, Carole Campbell, Norma Stoltz Chinchilla, Jeffrey Davis, Shelley T. Eriksen, Gail C. Farmer, Marc Flacks, J. William Gibson, Marsha S. Harman (Emerita), Gary Hytrek, Elizabeth McEneaney, Walter J. Nicholls, Leakhena Nou, Douglas A. Parker (Emerita), Oliver Wang, Juniper Wiley, Kristine M. Zentgraf

Department Secretaries

Lily Monji, Jacqueline Southern

Students desiring information should contact the department office for referral to the faculty advisor:
Undergraduate Advisors: Gary Hytrek, Kristine M. Zentgraf

Career Possibilities

Sociologist • Social Worker • Health Care Administrator • Community Organizer • School Counselor • Urban Planner • Personnel Manager • Statistician • Public Health Worker • College Student Service Worker • Lawyer • Lobbyist • City Planning Aide • Adoption Counselor • Market Researcher • Employment Interviewer • Management Trainee (Some of these, and other careers, require additional education or experience. For more information, see www.careers.csulb.edu.)


The major in sociology is intended to serve as preparation for careers in teaching, delivery and administration of social and health services, urban and environmental studies, law, government service at local, state and federal levels and related occupations. The major also provides training for advanced graduate work in sociology, social work and other social sciences. Sociology is also recommended as a second major or minor for students of all other social sciences; for business; for the humanities; especially literature and theatre arts; for ethnic and area studies; for journalism and other various applied arts and sciences.

Students interested in sociology may also wish to consider the liberal studies major with a concentration in sociology. The Liberal Studies program is discussed elsewhere in this Catalog. Detailed information about the concentration may be obtained from the Sociology Department Office.

Sociology courses are suitable for fulfilling general education or elective requirements for students of other majors. However, lower division courses selected to fulfill the requirements of the major may not also be used to fulfill the requirements of any General Education category.