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Message from Department Chair regarding COVID-19:

We are open and ready to support you! As we continue to monitor and meet established safety guidelines in response to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak, our offices are still open and operating in a virtual format. You can reach us by phone at (909) 537-5541. You can also reach us by email:

Yamira Murga, Administrative Support Coordinator,

We will respond as quickly as possible. Please keep a close watch for new announcements. Many of them, as well as several resources, can be found on CSUSB's dedicated COVID-19/Coronavirus Information web page.

Thank you and stay safe.

Ethel Nicdao, Sociology Department Chair,


The Sociology Department offers a balanced program of study for students interested in pursuing graduate study or in the practical application of sociology. The curriculum is designed to expose the student to the scope and methods of sociology and to provide a broad educational background for understanding the structure and functioning of modern society.

The department also offers an alternate program of study for students interested in pursuing a career in the social sciences area and for those interested in enrolling in an M.S.W. graduate program. As an adjunct to the curriculum, there are two student organizations for sociology majors. The Sociology Club has a varied program of social, community service and academically oriented activities. In addition to general sociology majors, students in human services and students in social work actively participate in the club. A chapter of Alpha Kappa Delta, the sociology honor society, is open to junior sociology majors with a 3.5 grade point average and to seniors and graduate students with a 3.0 grade point average.

News & Events

Faculty News

Dr. José Muñoz was awarded a 2020 OSR Undergraduate Summer Research Program fund. The funding will financially support a research team comprised of sociology majors for six weeks.

On April 16th Dr. José Muñoz participated in an online college panel for graduating high school seniors attending Cal State Universities in the fall. The panel was hosted by Save Our Youth and geared at orienting students to opportunities on CSU campuses regarding community engagement, college life, and student success.

Dr. José Muñoz was awarded a Visiting Scholar position (2020-2021) through UCLA’s Institute for American Cultures Fellowship Program in Ethnic Studies. While at UCLA, Dr. Muñoz will be affiliated with the Chicano Studies Research Center.

Dr. James Fenelon gave the Keynote "Indigenous Social Movements: Stewards of the Land, Protectors of Earthen Waters” at the Hawaii Sociological Association's annual meeting, Hilo, Hawaii on February 22-23, 2020.

Dr. Vogelsang will visit the Center for Demography of Health and Aging (at the University of Wisconsin-Madison) on March 4th to give graduate students advice on the academic job market

Dr. José Muñoz was invited to participate as a judge in UCR's grad slam event to be held on February 12th.

Dr. Megan Carroll was invited to present her research at the International Fatherhood Conference in Landshut, Germany this January. The conference was created to generate comparisons of fatherhood policy and practices across international contexts. Dr. Carroll’s research on intersectional approaches to gay fatherhood in the United States was published in Family Relations in 2018 and recently won the National Council on Family Relations’ Diversity and Inclusion in Men in Families Research Article Award.

CSUSB Department of Kinesiology faculty Guillermo Escalante, Rafael Alamilla, Christopher Gentry and Jason Ng, and CSUSB professor of sociology Eric Vogelsang published their research on weight discrimination among students from a diverse urban university in The Sport Journal. 

Dr. Eric Vogelsang was interviewed by WalletHub about elder-abuse.

Under Dr. Eric Vogelsang's leadership with the Center on Aging, CSUSB joins the Age-Friendly University Network

Dr. Karen Robinson and Dr. Eric Vogelsang received tenure and promotion to Associate Professor, effective Fall 2019.

Dr. José A. Muñoz was invited to join the American Sociological Association Task Force on First-Generation and Working Class Persons in Sociology.

Dr. Paloma Villegas was selected as a 2019 Elevate Fellow (Enriching Learning, Enhancing Visibility & Training Educators), an early career faculty training program at the Penn Center for Minority Serving Institutions (CMSI). 

Dr. Paloma Villegas has been awarded "Faculty Member of the Year" by the Undocumented Student Success Center, 2019 CSUSB UndocuGrad.

Dr. Eric Vogelsang recognized and awarded an "Establishing Community Partnership Grant" from the Office of Community Engagement for his work with local senior centers.

Dr. Annika Anderson was invited to serve as a Research Associate for The Prison Arts Collective Program, assisting the organization in collecting and analyzing program data.

Dr. Annika Anderson received the 2018/2019 College of Social and Behavioral Sciences "Outstanding Faculty in Service to the College" award.

Dr. Eric Vogelsang awarded a Peer Research Consultant for his research-intensive capstone undergraduate course (SOC 590:Social Determinants of Health Disparities) during Winter 2019.

Dr. José Muñoz participated in the Fall 2018 Wikipedia Fellows program.

Student News

Isabella Cantu will join the Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellowship Program program at CSUSB as a member of their 2020-2022 fellowship cohort. 

Former sociology major Juanita Rios (Class of 2016) was awarded the Dr. Randall Lynn Wright Memorial Scholarship. Juanita is an MA student in CSUSB’s Rehabilitation and Counseling Program.

Lydia Perez-Palencia, Anahi Reynoso-Franco, and Sarai Tovar presented at CSUSB's Meeting of the Minds. Their project "Popular Culture, Latinos and Mental Health" was supervised by Dr. José Muñoz.

Rebecca Harder, Maria Romero, and Catherine Perez will participate in OSR’s Undergraduate Summer Research Program (Summer 2020). These up and coming researchers will explore data documenting the lives of faculty and graduate students from First-Generation and Working Class Backgrounds. This project​will be supervised by Dr.José Muñoz.

Former sociology major Rubi Becerril Gonzalez (Class of 2016), is presenting at a teaching and learning conference at CSUF.

Former sociology student, Florence Edwards, was quoted in an article in Curve Magazine about her experience as an LGBTQ youth in the foster care system. 

Student-athlete, Cynthia Boyzo Mejia is an Arthur Ashe Award Nominee.

Rubi Becerril (Class of 2016) received a fellowship from the University of California Riverside.

Department News

Our administrative support coordinator, Yamira Murga, MPA received the college's 2019 Outstanding Staff Award.