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Dean's Award Recipient

Aja Johnson

Aja Johnson, an Ethnic Studies major, was chosen as the undergraduate Dean's Award Recipient for the 2016-2017 academic year. Ms. Johnson graduated Magna Cum Laude with her bachelor's degree in Ethnic Studies in Fall 2016. Ms. Johnson is a first generation college student and over the course of her college career, she received numerous scholarships and grants, was involved in several organizations and participated in several research projects. Ms. Johnson worked for the PRIDE Center, the Multi-Cultural Center and the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, being on the student team that helped establish this center. She received the LGBTQ Caucus Scholarship, the College of Arts and Letters Student Faculty Research Grant, the Black Alumni Chapter Scholarship and the 10,000 Degrees Student Scholarship. She served as Vice President of the Ethnic Students Association and was a member of the Advocates for Black Feminism and African Students' Holistic Empowerment organizations. You can watch her award video HERE.

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. Raghuraman Trichur
(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. Seunghee Wie
(916) 278-6393

Gerontology Department

Gerontology Program
Chair: Dr. Cheryl Osborne
(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