Jun 24, 2024  
2020-2021 Academic Catalog 
2020-2021 Academic Catalog [Archived Catalog]

Department of Sociology, Gerontology, and Gender Studies

This department has three independent academic programs.  The main contact person is listed below for each academic program.

Sociology / Gerontology Ann Strahm, Ph.D., Program Director and Department Chair
Gender Studies Betsy Eudey, Ph.D., Program Director

Sociology / Gerontology

Ann Strahm, Ph.D., Program Director and Department Chair

Professors: O’Brien, Schoenthaler, Sniezek, Strahm
Associate Professor: Jordan, Kincaid, Nakano​, Strangfeld 
Assistant Professor: Laus, Schafer, Whitmer
Lecturer: Wong, McKoon, Morgan, Olave

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


Gender Studies

Betsy Eudey, Ph.D., Program Director

Professor: Eudey, Cotten

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


It is possible to complete the major requirements in a hybrid or online format.

Program Learning Outcomes

Sociology Program Learning Outcomes

Sociology majors will:

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

Gender Studies Program Learning Outcomes

Gender Studies majors will:

  1. Demonstrate proficiency in the discipline of Gender Studies, including knowledge of research methods and major theoretical and historical approaches to feminist, queer and masculinity theories.
  2. Explain how human subjectivity is constituted by multiple identities (e.g., gender, race, ethnicity, sexuality, nationality, etc.) that are intricately interwoven and shaped by systems of privilege and inequality (patriarchy, heterosexism, nationalism, white supremacy, etc.), which are also interlocking.
  3. Analyze the material realities of gender-based power relations and inequalities and analyze strategies of resistance and transformation aimed at realizing social change and social justice.
  4. Analyze sex, gender and sexuality movements, processes and systems that affect people across transnational contexts.
  5. Engage in intersectional analysis of the cultural production of representations and objects.
  6. Develop the intellectual skills and competencies necessary to participate effectively in society and the world.