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Spring 2018 Ayad Al-Qazzaz Dean's Lecture

West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon delivered the Ayad Al-Qazzaz Dean’s Lecture on Tuesday, April 10. Mayor Cabaldon (an SSIS alumnus) is one of the most important local leaders in the state, and has been a driving force behind his city’s remarkable progress as a regional hub and desirable place to live. Consistent with the campus’ emerging emphasis on entrepreneurship, he discussed political entrepreneurship and his successes in that role. Click on the photo to view the lecture.

West Sacramento City Hall

Master's Hooding Ceremony and Reception

In Fall 2017 the College of SSIS held its first Master's Hooding Ceremony and Reception to honor those students who were graduating with a master's degree in Summer 2017 and Fall 2017. The event was held on Thursday, December 14th, 2017 in the Harper Alumni Center. The college will be holding another reception on May 16th for the Spring 2018 and Summer 2018 master's graduates.

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.


“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 four active and nationally recognized centers: 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 policy conferences and events, 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. Michael Delacorte
(916) 278-6452

Asian Studies Program

Asian Studies Program
Director: Dr. Greg Kim-Ju
(916) 278-5856

Economics Department

Economics Department
Chair: Dr. David Lang
(916) 278-6223

Environmental Studies Department

Environmental Studies Department
Chair: Dr. Jeffery Foran
(916) 278-6620

Ethnic Studies Department

Ethnic Studies Department
Chair: Dr. Boatamo Mosupyoe
(916) 278-6646

Family & Consumer Sciences Department

Family & Consumer Sciences Department
Chair: Dr. Lynn Hanna
(916) 278-6177

Gerontology Department

Gerontology Program
Interim Chair: Dr. Donna Jensen
(916) 278-7163

Liberal Studies Program

Liberal Studies Department
Director: Dr. Timothy Fong
(916) 278-6342

Political Science Department

Government Department
Chair: Dr. James Cox
(916) 278-6202

Psychology Department

Psychology Department
Interim Chair: Dr. Rebecca Cameron
(916) 278-6254

Public Policy & Administration Department

Public Policy & Administration Department
Acting Chair: Dr. Rob Wassmer
(916) 278-6557

Social Science Program

Social Sciences Department
Director: Dr. Timothy Fong
(916) 278-6207

Sociology Department

Sociology Department
Chair: Dr. Bohsiu Wu
(916) 278-6522

Women’s Studies Department

Women's Studies Department
Chair: Dr. Sujatha Moni
(916) 278-6817