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  • Social Welfare & Social Justice-collage of key terms related to sociology
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Option 2 Update

CSUN now has a new Criminal Justice Studies Department that will be admitting students in the fall of 2017. Students who are currently Option 2 Sociology students may elect to complete their degree in Sociology or transfer to the new CJS department and complete their degree. The Sociology Department will not accept new Option 2 applicants as of fall 2017.



Our Mission text
The Department of Sociology and faculty are committed to creating a supportive environment for student centered learning and achievement. Our students are exposed to all aspects of sociology and acquire sociological perspectives and the techniques for studying society. They learn to critically examine the value assumptions of our institutions and social practices, including the values and practices of our discipline itself. This reflexive stance is an essential element of sociological understanding. Our students will learn how sociology been used to solve problems for clients, foundations, agencies, and the community, and has contributed to social policy formulation and policy analysis. They will learn how sociologists engage in dialog and engagement with different publics in the civil society. Through their education, our students will understand that sociology and civil society are interdependent, both flourishing in an open and democratic discourse on the issues and crises of modernity.