The Sociology faculty at UC Merced are nationally-recognized for their research in social stratification and inequality, immigration, race/ethnicity, gender studies, education, political and collective empowerment, and globalization -- areas of critical importance to the Central Valley, the United States, and internationally. We teach courses that are relevant to our students’ lives, including the sociology of health disparities, racial and ethnic inequality, environmental justice, gender and sexuality, and community mobilization. We offer an exciting major and minor in sociology at the undergraduate level, and a PhD in sociology at the graduate level. Our award-winning faculty are affiliated with interdisciplinary initiatives on campus and frequently involve graduate and undergraduate students in their innovative research projects. Indeed, in a recent external program review by outside experts, the final report concluded that “the faculty members in this unit appear to be deeply engaged in their teaching, as evidenced not only by their stated commitment to students, but also from the perspectives of the graduate and undergraduate students we interviewed. Their research is well-renowned; this is a group of faculty members who are making path-breaking and essential contributions to sociological knowledge."
For additional information on the Sociology major at UC Merced, please visit the Sociology website.
For Sociology major requirements, please consult your catalog.