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2016-2017 Academic Catalog 
2016-2017 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Gender Studies

Tamara Sniezek, Ph.D., Chair

Professors: Macdonald, O’Brien, Payne, Riedmann, Schoenthaler, Sniezek
Associate Professor: Strahm
Assistant Professor: Strangfeld, Jordan, Nakano, Kincaid
Lecturer: Wong, McKoon, Laus

Office: Bizzini Hall 213
Phone: (209) 667-3408

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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology  with concentrations in General Major; Human Services; Criminology and Society; Social Justice
Minor in Gerontology 
Minor in Sociology 
Liberal Studies degree concentration in Sociology 
Social Sciences degree concentration in Sociology 
Graduate Certificate in Gerontology/Geriatrics 

Liberal Studies Concentration in Sociology

Please refer to the Liberal Studies  section of the catalog.

Social Sciences Concentration in Sociology

Please refer to the Social Sciences program  section of the catalog.

Teaching Credentials

Majors in Sociology interested in a Social Sciences Subject Matter Preparation Program credential should review the Social Sciences waiver described in the Social Sciences section of this catalog. Please refer to the Teacher Education section of the Graduate Catalog for a description of other requirements to be completed for the Single Subject Credential.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Achieve knowledge competency in sociology.
  • Achieve an awareness of the diversity of social institutions, social forces, and structural forms found in contemporary societies both locally, regionally, nationally and global
  • Understand the sociohistorical and theoretical groundings of sociology as a field of study and practice and apply these theories to social phenomena.
  • Demonstrate personal tranformation as a result of sociological knowledge acquired through the sociology major.
  • Develop facility for critical thinking, with the ability to separate fact from fallacy, myth from reality.
  • Learn to analyze the complexity of society and social structure, particularly questions of social control and power relations.
  • Learn analytical skills and research methodologies, including statistical computer applications, appropriate to the practice of sociology methodologically.
  • Develop and apply a sociological perspective professionally and as an active participant in society.
  • Communicate effectively in both written and oral form.
  • Develop an increased appreciation for human diversity.
  • Develop the ability to apply a sociological imagination to one’s personal life.


Gender Studies

Betsy Eudey, Ph.D., Director

Professor: Eudey

Associate Professor: Cotten

Office: Bizzini Hall 107B
Phone: (209) 664-6673

Bachelor of Arts in Gender Studies  with concentrations in History, Society, and Inequality; Culture, Ideology, and Representation; and Ethnicity, Nationality, and Sexuality.
Minor in Gender Studies 
Social Sciences degree concentration in Gender Studies  

Social Sciences Concentration in Gender Studies.

Please refer to the Social Sciences program  section of the catalog.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Identify major contemporary social, economic, political, and psychological issues facing the sexes.
  • Discuss major topics and approaches in the history of feminist theory, queer theory, and masculinity theory.
  • Explore how social constructions of gender, sex, and sexual identity intersect with institutions, society, cultural practices, careers, and work environments.
  • Identify how differences in sex, sexual identity and orientation, race/ ethnicity, class, age, ablebodiedness, religion, geographic identification, and other identities structure the nature of gender-based inequality, justice, and oppression.
  • Analyze the variations in gender systems across cultures and time.
  • Explore strategies for transforming coercive and unequal gender systems and enhancing individual choice and our common humanity.
  • Connect scholarly inquiry to practical applications.
  • Engage in cultural critique of representations of sex, gender, and sexuality as they intersect with other identity and cultural factors.