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Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies

Message from the Dean

Dean BodvarssonDean Orn Bodvarsson

How do we solve major social problems such as international and civil conflict, the detrimental effects of climate change, disputes over immigration, income inequality and poverty, discrimination, nutritional deficiencies in many parts of the world, low voter turnouts, and the soaring cost of higher education? The students, faculty, staff, centers of excellence, and programs in the College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies focus on addressing these kinds of problems.

Our students prepare for careers in public service, nonprofit organizations, education, and business through highly effective classroom and experiential learning experiences. The faculty is student-centered, research-active and deeply committed to serving the community, and the college is proud to have a group of outstanding centers that serve the Capitol community and beyond by providing expertise and information. Come join us for an exciting intellectual journey!


Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies on Social Media

Engaging Racism - A panel discussion

"Engaging Racism"
A panel discussion

Four Professors of the College of Social Sciences & Interdisciplinary Studies share their views, based on their academic work, community engagement, and personal experience on how we as a campus can approach conversations about race.

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“Sacramento State encourages academic freedom, freedom of speech, and rigorous dialogue. Statements made during a discussion are not to be considered an expression of the views and opinions of the Board of Trustees of the California State University and/or Sacramento State or any individuals other than the panelists and moderators themselves.”

Our Centers

SSIS Centers

The College of Social Sciences and Interdisciplinary Studies is proud of its six active and nationally recognized centers: the Center for California Studies, the Center for Collaborative Policy, Education Insights Center (formerly the Institute for Higher Education Leadership and Policy), the Institute for Social Research, the Archaeological Research Center, and the Archaeological Curation Facility. These centers provide a variety of high-quality services, including the administration of the nationally renowned Capital Fellows Programs, policy conferences and events, facilitation and mediation services for many different kinds of public and nonprofit organizations, K-16 education policy evaluation, measurement and assessment of public opinion and household attitudes and characteristics, and research and curation of historic or sacred archaeological objects. Our centers provide students with many kinds of learning and career development opportunities, engage our faculty in very meaningful ways, and greatly help to inform policy in the state.

Academic Departments

Anthropology Department

Anthropology Department
Chair: Dr. Raghuraman Trichur
(916) 278-6452
www.csus.edu/anth

Asian Studies Program

Asian Studies Program
Director: Dr. Greg Kim-Ju
(916) 278-5856
www.csus.edu/asia

Economics Department

Economics Department
Chair: Dr. David Lang
(916) 278-6223
www.csus.edu/econ

Environmental Studies Department

Environmental Studies Department
Chair: Dr. Jeffery Foran
(916) 278-6620
www.csus.edu/envs

Ethnic Studies Department

Ethnic Studies Department
Chair: Dr. Boatamo Mosupyoe
(916) 278-6646
www.csus.edu/ethn

Family & Consumer Sciences Department

Family & Consumer Sciences Department
Chair: Dr. Seunghee Wie
(916) 278-6393
www.csus.edu/facs

Gerontology Program

Gerontology Program
Director: Dr. Cheryl Osborne
(916) 278-7163
www.csus.edu/gero

Government Department

Government Department
Chair: Dr. Nancy Lapp
(916) 278-6202
www.csus.edu/govt

Liberal Studies Program

Liberal Studies Department
Director: Dr. Timothy Fong
(916) 278-6342
www.csus.edu/libs

Psychology Department

Psychology Department
Chair: Dr. Marya Endriga
(916) 278-6254
www.csus.edu/psyc

Public Policy & Administration Department

Public Policy & Administration Department
Chair: Dr. Ted Lascher
(916) 278-6557
www.csus.edu/ppa

Social Science Program

Social Sciences Department
Director: Dr. Timothy Fong
(916) 278-6207
www.csus.edu/socsci

Sociology Department

Sociology Department
Chair: Dr. Bohsiu Wu
(916) 278-6522
www.csus.edu/soc

Women’s Studies Department

Women's Studies Department
Chair: Dr. Sujatha Moni
(916) 278-6817
www.csus.edu/woms