Understand the diverse world around you

Have you ever wondered why human beings do the things we do? Or thought about how society shapes the decisions we make every day? Sociology seeks to answer these kinds of questions through the scientific study of human behavior in social groups. The discipline examines social institutions and focuses on how people coordinate their activities to achieve both individual and collective goals. 

California State University, Bakersfield offers both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree and a Master of Arts (M.A.) degree in Sociology, as well as a minor in Sociology. 

Undergraduate Sociology majors may choose the general Sociology track (which requires a minor), or may choose from one of three concentrations: Human Services, Ethnic Studies, or Urban Studies and Planning. All Sociology students are required to take the same set of “core” classes.

The M.A. graduate program has three separate tracks. The Thesis track prepares students for a career as a college professor; the Teaching track prepares them for community college teaching; the Special Project track prepares students to work in the public service sector. The M.A. program includes a “core” curriculum that all students complete regardless of their focus area.

Please click on the links at left for more information about the Sociology department at CSUB.

Department of Sociology

California State University, Bakersfield
9001 Stockdale Highway
Bakersfield, CA  93311-1022 

Phone: (661) 654-2368
Email: pcadena@csub.edu
Office: Dorothy Donohoe Hall AA209