The sociology major and minor offer students several opportunities for service learning and internship experiences. Courses that include service learning on a regular basis are women and contemporary societies (SOCI 230), genocide and mass persuasion (SOCI 356), sociology of the life course (SOCI 461), and environmental sociology (SOCI 420). In addition, some sections of principles of sociology (SOCI 100) and applied research methods (SOCI 410 and SOCI 411) also include service learning projects. Examples of projects include

  • campaigning against the murders of women in Juarez, Mexico (SOCI 230)
  • organizing a demonstration to stop the genocide in Darfur, Sudan (SOCI 356)
  • studying how people who have immediate family members diagnosed with cancer cope with that diagnosis (SOCI 410)
  • studying the motivations and experiences of men who have plastic surgery (SOCI 410)
  • developing life course biographies based on in-depth interviews (SOCI 461)
  • partnering with local businesses to assess environmental impacts (SOCI 420)

The department also offers an applied sociology internship (SOCI 489 for 1-3 units) in which students gain experience outside the classroom.

Sociology service learning and internship partners include

Advising Office, CSU, Chico
American Red Cross
ARC of Butte County (Services for the Developmentally Disabled)
Butte County Veterans Service Office
Butte Humane Society
Campus Wellness Center, CSU, Chico
Catalyst (Domestic Violence Services)
CAVE Evaluation Study (CSU, Chico Dr. Andy Dick, supervisor)
Cedar Lane Elementary School, Marysville (Resource Coordinator)
CSU, Chico's Center for Nutrition and Activity Promotion
Community Collaborative for Youth (Butte County)
Hmong Resource Center (Oroville)
Mexico Solidarity Network (Alternative Economy/Fair Trade Internship)
National Institute on Drug Abuse, Oregon Social Learning Center: "Adolescent Latino Acculturation Study"
Rape Crisis (Chico & Red Bluff)
Oroville Family Resource Center
Rio Del Oro Elementary School (Plumas Lake, CA)
Sacramento Police Department - School Resource Unit
Sierra Cascade Nutrition and Activity Consortium
Women's Health Specialists (Chico)