Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

The sociology major offers students a rigorous program of study to examine social phenomena, develop theoretical and methodological proficiencies, and apply a critical understanding of complex social issues and processes. 

The curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid sociological foundation in understanding social institutions, social inequality and diversity, and social processes and change as well as opportunities to practice sociology through community engagement and internships.  

The requirements for the bachelor’s degree in Sociology prepare students to pursue graduate studies in sociology, social work, counseling, and other professional programs in addition to careers in social services, education, criminal justice, law, health care, and non-profit organizations.

Requirements (37 units)

Total units required for graduation: 120 units

Requirements for the B.A. in Sociology

(Program Code: SOC)

Foundation (13)
SOC 1000Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 3010Qualitative Analysis & Field Research3
SOC 3110Sociological Theory3
SOC 3070Quantitative Analysis & Survey Research4
Core Electives (12)
Complete 3 units from each of the four core areas:
Core A: Social Institutions3
Sociology of Families
The African American Family
The Latino Family
Medical Sociology
Sociology of Religion
Sociology of Work
Political Sociology
Core B: Social Inequality and Diversity3
Black Women and Feminism
Sociology of Violence
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Social Inequality
Black Americans in Contemporary Society
The Latino Experience in the U.S.
Sociology of Sex and Gender
Citizenship, Status, and Inequality
Core C: Social Processes and Change3
Aging and The Lifecourse
Population and Society
Sociology of Globalization
Deviant Behavior
Sociology of Mental Health
Social Psychology
Social Movements
Social Networks
Urban Sociology
Group Dynamics
Sociology of Migration
Social Change and Innovation
Core D: Community Engagement and Applied Sociology3
Introduction to Community-Based Research
Social Welfare in the U.S.
Community Organization
Social Casework
Applied Sociological Research
Internship and Practicum
Senior Capstone (3)3
Indian Nations and Native America
Global Aging
Sociology of Higher Education
LGBTQ Families
Indigenous Peoples
Crime, Desistance, and Reentry
Borders, Knowledges, and Identities
Social Determinants of Health
Seminar in Sociology
Honors Seminar 1
Honors Seminar 2
Upper-division Electives (9)
Complete additional 9 units of upper-division courses in Sociology9
Total Units37