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.

MAJOR COURSES
SOC 110Comparative Societies (D3) 14
SOC 111Social Problems4
SOC 218International Political Economy (D2) 14
SOC 305Social Movements4
or SOC 327 Social Change
SOC/WGS 311Sociology of Gender4
SOC 315Global Race and Ethnic Relations4
SOC 316American 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)8
STAT 217Introduction to Statistical Concepts and Methods (B1) 14
GEOG 150Human Geography4
ANT 201Cultural Anthropology4
Concentration or individualized course of study (see list below)28
GENERAL EDUCATION (GE)
(See the GE program requirements below.)60
FREE ELECTIVES
Free Electives24
Total units180
1

Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE.

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 BScience and Mathematics
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
Area CArts and Humanities
C1Literature4
C2Philosophy4
C3Fine/Performing Arts4
C4Upper-division elective4
Area D/E 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
D4Self Development (CSU Area E)4
D5Upper-division elective (no SOC course)4
Area FTechnology
FUpper-division elective4
Total units60
1

Required in Major/Support; also satisfies GE.