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Dr. Bernard McGrane

Wilkinson College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Department of Sociology
Expertise: Death; Sex; Social Psychology
Office Location: Roosevelt Hall 216
Office Hours: By appointment
Phone: (714) 997-6564
University Honors Program
Fairfield University, Bachelor of Arts
New York University, Ph.D.


Bernard McGrane (Ph.D. New York University) is Associate Professor of Sociology. He has a passion for teaching and writing. His principle fields of study have been sociology, philosophy, anthropology and intellectual history. He is the author of Beyond Anthropology, Society and the Other; The Un-TV and the 10 MPH Car: Experiments in Personal Freedom and Everyday Life; This Book is Not Required, An Emotional Survival Manual for Students, and he is also featured in two educational videos: The Ad and the Id: Sex, Death and Subliminal Advertising and The Ad and the Ego: Advertising and Identity. He offers a wide variety of courses: Social Psychology, Sociology of Death and Dying, Sexual Literacy and Society, Getting Love Right, Mass Communications and Society, Advertising and Society, Honors: In Search of Self, Honors: In Search of Reality, Social Movements of the Sixties, Meditation, and a relatively inexpensive 10 day January Interterm travel course to a Tibetan American Meditation center in the Colorado Rockies. The course is titled Ancient Wisdom and Modern Madness—Mind, Self and Society in Tibetan Buddhism.

Recent Teaching Experience

1989 - present: Chapman University, Orange, CA. - Assistant Professor, Sociology (1989-1995), Associate Professor (1995-Present). Department Chair 1993-1995)

2002 - 2004: UCLA, Los Angeles, CA - Visiting Lecturer, Sociology. (Part-Time)

1994 - 2001: UC Irvine, Irvine CA - Lecturer, Sociology. (Part-Time)

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1971 - 1977: Ph.D., New York University, New York, New York Full Fellowship: Herbert H. Lehman Regents Graduate Fellowship. Major, Sociology; Minor: Anthropology and Philosophy; Mentors, Richard Sennet, Alan Blum, Irving Goffman

1965 - 1969: B.A., Fairfield University, Fairfield, Connecticut. Double Major, Sociology and Philosophy; Double Minor, History and Anthropology

1967 - 1968: Freie Universitat Berlin, West Berlin, Germany Study Course: The Frankfurt School of Sociology, Nineteenth Century German Philosophy (Fluent in German)

Recent Research and Publications

2008: Watching Television Is Not Required: Toward Media Mindfulness and Enlightenment TV. Routledge2005: This Book Is Not Required: An Emotional Survival Manual for Students. Newly Revised Edition. Sage Publication's Pine Forge Press2004: "Zen TV: Consciousness and the Media" in Shift: At the Frontiers of Consciousness, Institute of Noetic Sciences, March-May, No. 2.

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Courses Taught


Intro to Sociology Theories of Deviance
Classical Sociology Theory Social Psychology
Contemporary Sociology Theory Social Problems
Sociology of Gender Roles Social Movements
Culture and Personality Sociology of Medicine
Racial and Cultural Minorities Sociology of Death
Occupations and Professions Mass Communications
Intro to Ethnomethodology Society and Religion
Advertising and Society Social Change


Intro to Cultural Anthropology
History of Anthropological Theory
Anthropology of Religion



Foucault, Structuralism and Hermeneutics


Buddhism, Psychoanalysis and Existentialism: Lines of Convergence
A History of the Human Body
In Search of Self (Honors course)
In Search of Reality: Media in the 20th Century (Honors course)
Freshman Foundations Course: Cultural Heritage I - From Genesis to Frued: The Great Ideas of Dean White Males -- The Exquisite Passion and Disturbing Aggression of the Western Mind

Travel Courses

Tibet and China: Life, Art, Spirituality -- Ancient Foundations, Modern Realities (A 21 Travel Course)
Ancient Wisdom, Modern Madness: Mind, Self and Society in Tibetan Buddhism (A 10 Day Retreat at Shambhala Mountain in the Colorado Rockies)

Recent Creative, Scholarly Work and Publications

Second year of a yearly conference/presentation to take place at Chapman University, DEATH IS INEVITABLE, DYING WELL IS OPTIONAL
Created a yearly conference/presentation to take place at Chapman Univrsity, DEATH IS INEVITABLE, DYING WELL IS OPTIONAL.
THIS BOOK IS NOT REQUIRED: AN EMOTIONAL AND INTELLECTUAL SURVIVAL GUIDE FOR STUDENTS, co-authored with Inge Bell, John Gunderson (adjunct at Chapman U.) and Terri Anderson (adjunct at Chapman U.). The 5th edition was worked on through out 2012-2013 and has been published in 2014 .
This Book is Not Required: An Emotional and Intellectual Survival Manual for Students, co-authored with Inge Bell, John Gunderson and Terri Anderson (4th Ed. Sage/Pine Forge Press)
Watching Television is Not Required: Thinking About Media and Thinking About Thinking, co-authored with John Gunderson (Routledge)