Fountain on the campus grounds

Sociology is the scientific study of human social life. Sociologists seek to describe and explain patterns of human activity. Some sociologists study small groups, while others study organizations, institutions, or entire societies.

The findings from sociological research often challenge common-sense explanations. The practice of becoming a sociology student will challenge your thinking and increase your skills. Please consider joining us for the surprising study of social life!

American Humanics

Fresno State is one of 75 colleges and universities throughout the country affiliated with American Humanics, Inc., a national organization that collaborates with affiliated college and university programs, professional organizations, and nonprofit agencies. It is involved in recruiting, preparing, and placing students in meaningful professional careers with youth and human service agencies.

What You Can Do

While most professional sociologists teach at colleges and universities, an increasing number hold research, administration, or policy positions in a variety of settings. Many students have used sociology as a preparation for law or other professions such as social work, counseling, public health, library science, criminology, and public administration. Students who begin work immediately after completing a bachelor's degree in sociology usually enter careers in human services, administration/management in public or private agencies, or research in a variety of organizations.

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Critical Thinking About Society
  • Sociology of Popular Culture
  • Medical Sociology
  • Sociology of Religion

What You Can Learn

  • Causes of the growth and decline of social organizations
  • Interdisciplinary social science methods for approaching local and national social problems.
  • Dominant and minority group relations historically, cross-culturally, and in contemporary American society
  • Theory and practice in basic skills of critical thinking and sociological analysis

About the College

The College of Social Sciences studies the human experience, including the depth of the past and the breadth of the entire planet.

We place emphasis on learning practical skills to aid you in your career. Our students do internships, participate in archaeological digs, or do service-learning projects with a non-profit agency. Students can assist on research projects or organize a social change project.

Whatever a student's major, they enjoy our witty and talented faculty and our caring staff as they discover our social world.

College Contact Information

Phone: (559) 278-3013
FAX: (559) 278-7664

5340 N. Campus Drive MS/SS91
Fresno CA 93740-8019

Department Contact Information

Department of Sociology
5340 N. Campus Dr. - Mailstop SS97
Fresno, CA 93740

Fax: 559.278.6468