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When you begin here, you can go anywhere.

During Open Enrollment, the university will be closed from July 2-5. If you receive an error message while trying to enroll, email the Registrar’s Office(opens in new window) directly, and include a clear explanation of the error. It will benefit you to include a screen shot of the error message.

Temporary Virtual Services

For the duration of summer we are here to help you remotely.

Although the physical office for the Department of Sociology will be closed until further notice, advisors and campus support programs are still available to assist students.

Student Advising:

Faculty Communication:
For specific questions regarding a Fall 20 class, reach out directly to the instructor, Sociology Directory(opens in new window).

Administration Contacts:
Interim Department Chair: Dr. Ryan Patten, in new window)
College Administrative Analyst: Stephanie Rose, in new window)
Associate Dean: Dr. Ryan Patten, in new window)
Dean: Dr. Edward Vela, in new window)

COVID-19 Information Website(opens in new window)

Welcome to the Department of Sociology. You are invited to browse our site to learn about the department, our sociology course offerings, information about our dynamic faculty members, and career planning for students.

We take great pride in our department and in our ability to integrate theoretical and practical knowledge. Our majors and minors develop skills that prepare students to work in the fields of law, community advocacy, public & health services, teaching, business, and in college settings.

When you begin here, you can go anywhere.

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the study of group life. As a social science, it combines scientific and humanistic perspectives in the study of topics such as gender, crime, family patterns, race and ethnicity, wealth and inequality, and the environment.

Sociology is a liberal art's major for students planning careers in areas such as social research, social welfare, business, public administration, and education. It provides a useful background for those planning further education in the social sciences, social work, public administration, law, or business.

Courses, Schedule, & Program Info

SOCI in the University Catalog

CSU, Chico Class Schedule

Regional & Continuing Education (RCE) - Sociology Online Degree Completion Program


Congratulations CSU Chico Sociology Graduates, 2020!