Departments & Programs

The College of Social Sciences an Interdisciplinary Studies has a long history of involvement in social policy-oriented scholarship and instruction. That history, and the College's current roster of talented researchers and instructors, has placed SSIS at the forefront of the University's efforts to diverse community needs, consistent with the stated values of the University’s strategic plan. Many of these efforts are channeled through centers and institutes that are under the College’s purview. Such centers include the following.

Archaeological Research Center: The principal focus of this Center is to facilitate faculty and student research via funding obtained from contracts and grants. The Center brings together considerable individual and team expertise in the management of cultural resources throughout California and the western Great Basin.

Center for California Studies: The Center for California Studies is a public service, educational support, and applied research institute of California State University, Sacramento. Its mission is to strengthen democratic governance in California through preparing people for public service and leadership, helping to solve problems of public policy and enhancing civic literacy through multidisciplinary education

Center for Collaborative Policy: The CCP's mission is to build the capacity of public agencies, stakeholder groups, and the public to use collaborative strategies to improve policy outcomes. The Center provides such services as mediating public policy and related conflicts, creating effective communication and dialogue between public agencies and communities, and developing customized learning experiences related to collaborative processes.

Center for Delinquency and Crime Policy Studies (CDCPS): CDCPS, operating since August, 1998, brings an interdisciplinary focus to issues in juvenile delinquency and crime. At present, the disciplines included in CDCPS's policy, program development, and outcome evaluation studies are anthropology, education, and sociology.

Center for Economic Education: The Center is one of nearly 100 university centers affiliated with the National Council on Economic Education. The objective of the center at CSUS is to improve the economic literacy of current and future citizens of the Greater Sacramento Area by providing educational and training programs and materials for teachers of K-16 classes.

Center for Family Studies: The mission of the Center is to promote the well-being of families and family members by providing direct services to the community through parent education and support, developmentally appropriate learning environments and activities for children and family and consumer education. The Center supports research on child development and children's issues and family and consumer

Center for Pacific Asian Studies: The program in Pacific Asian Studies is administered through the Center for Pacific Asian Studies. The Center is composed of designated faculty in several departments. The Program Committee, comprised of the Major and Minor Advisors for each Concentration and the Director of the Center, oversees the Pacific Asian Studies Program. The Center also serves to support and facilitate various university activities related to furthering our understanding of the Pacific Asian region: faculty research, sponsoring summer training institutes, travel and residential programs in Pacific Asia, seminars for faculty, students and the community, and establishing collaborative links with institutions and community groups.

Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy: The mission of the Institute is to enhance leadership and policy for higher education in California and the nation through producing research and services relevant to policy makers, practitioners, and educators. The Institute has an emphasis on community colleges in recognition of their importance to providing an educated and diverse citizenry and workforce.

Iranian and Middle Eastern Studies Center: The mission of the Iranian and Middle Eastern Studies Center (IMESC) is to foster within the Greater Sacramento & Northern California region a better understanding of the peoples, culture and politics of Iran and the Middle East. The Center pursues this mission by promoting and supporting social and cultural events, forums, workshops, research and courses, as well as collaborative relationships with similar centers in the US and abroad.

Longevity Center: The Center was established to aid students in achieving educational, research, and service goals. The Center concept also serves to stimulate faculty research and teaching in the field of gerontology and related studies. Center functions include, among others: providing a forum for idea exchanges between students, faculty, alumni and the community; serving as an information center; and stimulating research.

Institute of Archaeological and Cultural Studies:The Institute includes numerous Centers as well as the Museum of Anthropology.

Institute for Social Research: The Institute for Social Research is a multidisciplinary institute that is committed to advancing the understanding of the social world through applied research. The Institute offers research expertise and related technical assistance needed to develop solutions to problems facing society. It serves as a resource for agencies, organizations, the University and the broader community.

The Serna Center: The Serna Center is named after the late Sacramento Mayor and Government Professor Joe Serna and the late university administrator and Ethnic Studies Professor Isabel Hernandez Serna who, like the Center itself, were dedicated to political activism and engagement, academic access and excellence, and service to the community. Consistent with the lasting vision of the Sernas, the Center aims to encourage policy and political knowledge, activism and engagement, student access and excellence, and community service. The Center’s primary but not sole focus is Chicana/os and Latina/os in the Sacramento region.