When you begin here, you can go anywhere.

Brian Oppy

Welcome you to the Department of Sociology. I invite you 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.

Professor Brian Oppy, PhD
Chair, Department of Sociology
California State University, Chico

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 arts 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 to Sociology Professor Dana Williams, who co-produced the documentary "Southern Discomfort." Directed by Mark George.