Welcome to the Sociology Department at California State University San Marcos. We invite you to join the world community of students and scholars who share a desire to better understand society, and through that understanding make the world a better place. We are among the newest sociology departments in the United States, and have shaped our curriculum to address the problems and potentials of twenty-first century social life. We help students develop strong sociological theory, research, and advocacy skills that empower them to engage and improve their spheres of social experience — from the local to the global.
We offer two undergraduate bachelor's degree programs — B.A in Sociology, and Criminology and Justice Studies — and one master's degree program — Sociological Practice. Both of our bachelor's degree programs combine strong core skills development with opportunities to develop expertise in one or more specific content areas. The master's degree program builds professional-level competencies in applied sociological theory and research. Most masters students complete terminal research projects that provide crucial information to local social services agencies and communities.
We also offer two undergraduate minors — a Sociology minor and one in Criminology and Criminal Justice that students use to enhance course work in a major.
We offer excellent programs of study to help you reach your educational and career goals. Our graduates are well prepared for a broad array of careers. Our alumni have used the skills acquired in our programs as springboards to successful careers in such diverse areas as human and social service administration, education, law enforcement, health care, counseling, business, politics, and the arts.