BA Sociology

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Program Learning Objectives

  1. Achieve an international/global perspective of societies
  2. Develop an understanding of the problems of the U.S. as a pluralistic society
  3. Learn to apply a holistic/integrated approach to social problems
  4. Develop data collection skills and techniques used by modern sociology
  5. Be prepared to enter careers which use the skills and knowledge of sociology
  6. Demonstrate critical thinking concerning global issues
  7. Demonstrate the writing skills necessary to communicate effectively

Degree Requirements and Curriculum

In addition to the program requirements listed on this page, students must also satisfy requirements outlined in more detail in the Minimum Requirements for Graduation section of this catalog, including:

  • 60 units of upper division courses
  • Graduation Writing Requirement (GWR)
  • 2.0 GPA
  • U.S. Cultural Pluralism (USCP)

Note: No major, support or concentration courses may be selected as credit/no credit.

SOC 110Comparative Societies (D3) 14
SOC 111Social Problems4
SOC 218International Political Economy (D2) 14
SOC 305Social Movements4
or SOC 327 Social Change
SOC 308Sociology of the Environment4
SOC/WGS 311Sociology of Genders and Sexualities4
SOC 316U.S. Ethnic Minorities (USCP)4
SOC 323Social Stratification4
SOC 354Qualitative Research Methods4
SOC 355Quantitative Research Methods4
SOC 421Social Theory4
SOC 461Senior Project I2
SOC 462Senior Project II2
Sociology electives (300-400 level)12
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 14
ANT 201Cultural Anthropology4
or GEOG 150 Human Geography
ANT or GEOG elective (300-400 level)4
Concentration or individualized course of study (see list below)28
(See the GE program requirements below.)60
Free Electives 220
Total units180

Concentration or Individualized Course of Study

Students are required to take one of the following concentrations or the individualized course of study.

Individualized Course of Study

300-400 level courses selected in consultation with advising faculty. A written justification for the courses selected and the way they constitute a cohesive, integrated study is required. One-half of the units must be courses from the department.

General Education (GE) Requirements

  • 72 units required, 12 of which are specified in Major and/or Support.
  • See the complete GE course listing.
  • Minimum of 12 units required at the 300 level.
Area ACommunication
A1Expository Writing4
A2Oral Communication4
A3Reasoning, Argumentation and Writing4
Area BMath, Science, and Quantitative Reasoning
B1Mathematics/Statistics (4 units in Major plus 4 units in GE) 14
B2Life Science4
B3Physical Science4
B4One lab taken with either a B2 or B3 course
B5Area B elective (select one course from B1-B5)4
B7Upper-division elective4
Area CArts and Humanities
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area D Society and the Individual
D1The American Experience (Title 5, Section 40404 requirement)4
D2Political Economy (4 units in Major) 10
D3Comparative Social Institutions (4 units in Major) 10
D5Upper-division elective4
Area ELifelong Learning and Self-Development
ELower-division elective4
Total units60