Sociology at UC Merced

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June 28, 2017
Young undocumented Latinos who gain legal status, even on a temporary basis, experience significant positive effects on their psychological well-being, according to a new study published in the journal Social Science & Medicine. UC Merced Professor...
June 12, 2017
In a recent study of young Latino immigrant adults published in Social Sience & Medicine, Caitlin Patler (UC Davis) and Whitney Laster Pirtle (UC Merced) found that current psychological wellbeing is most strongly predicted by whether or not someone...
May 12, 2017
Three out of the eight students selected for the 2017 Outstanding Graduating Senior Award in the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts (SSHA) are sociology majors (Jovita Angel, Dakari Finister, Sarai Velasquez). A fourth student is a sociology...
May 8, 2017
Often, when people talk about or study refugees, the focus is on policy, rescue operations or terrorism. Rarely is the conversation centered on refugees as human beings. But a new collaboration among five UC campuses — including UC Merced — is working to...

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Welcome

Sociology at UC Merced emphasizes the areas of social stratification/inequality, immigration, race/ethnicity, gender studies, education, political and collective empowerment, and globalization. With 11 faculty members, sociology registers some of the highest course enrollments on campus. At the undergraduate level, we offer a major and a minor in sociology. At the graduate level, we offer a Ph.D. degree. Our nationally recognized faculty are affiliated with several graduate training initiatives on campus and frequently involve graduate and undergraduate students in ongoing research projects. Indeed, in a recent external program review by outside experts, the final report concluded that the sociology "program is very well aligned with the institutional priorities of UC Merced. UC Merced’s focus on teaching, research, and public service – is directly connected with the Sociology unit’s priorities and mission. 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."

 

Sociology Department Chair
Paul Almeida, Professor
 
Sociology Graduate Chair
Zulema Valdez, Associate Professor
 
Sociology Undergraduate Chair
Laura Hamilton, Associate Professor
 
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University of California, Merced
5200 North Lake Road
Merced, CA 95343
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