Beach view of UCSB

UCSB - Socially engaged and inclusive, global-minded and environmentally aware, open and supportive

Liliana Rodriguez giving 2019 commencement address

Sociology Ph.D. Graduate Liliana Rodriguez giving 2019 commencement address

Sociology Faculty at ASA conference 2019

UCSB Sociology professors enjoy the 2019 ASA conference

COLA Rally at the entrance of UCSB

UCSB students raise awareness around the COLA movement, sociology graduate students among those leading the charge

Welcome to the Department of Sociology

The Department of Sociology has long pioneered the 'frontiers' of social research across a range of intersecting aspects of social life reflected in its main areas of specialization: Culture; Global Studies; Gender, Sexualities, and Feminist Studies; Language, Interaction and Social Organization (LISO); Race, Ethnicity, and Nation (REN); and Social Movements. Faculty pursue basic, publicly oriented, and social justice-focused research and teaching in these areas by examining their multiple intersections, by fostering and participating in cross-disciplinary emphases.


We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land upon which the University of California, Santa Barbara, is located, and pay our respects to the Chumash Elders past, present and future. They hold the memories, the traditions, and the culture of this area, which has become a place of learning for people from all over the world.


Victor Rios is this year's recipient of the Faculty Diversity Award

Annie Hikido is the recipient of 2020 Lancaster Dissertation Award, for dissertation titled, “...

Victor Rios has been named one of two MacArthur Foundation Chairs, a well deserved recognition...

UCSB Sociology Department has been ranked #2 on's list of best Bachelor's degrees in Sociology.

Ph.D. student Katherine Maldonado was recently awarded the Abolitionist Teaching Network Grant....