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.