Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

The sociology major offers students a rigorous program of study to examine social phenomenon, 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 to analyze social structures and contribute to transforming and diversifying our social world. 

We offer a Social Services and Community Research concentration to further develop students' understanding of community dynamics and strengths, and promote civic engagement through the application of analytical skills to collaborate with community organizations on projects to benefit and empower the community. The Sociology program also prepares students to pursue graduate degrees in sociology, social work, counseling, and other social sciences fields. Additionally, many of our Sociology graduates pursue careers in helping professions, education, criminal justice, law, health care, etc.  

Requirements (37 units)

Total units required for graduation: 120 units

Requirements for the B.A. in Sociology 

Foundation (10)
SOC 1000Introduction to Sociology3
SOC 3110Sociological Theory3
SOC 3070Quantitative Analysis & Survey Research4
Upper-division Electives (21)
Select 7 Courses from below:21
Aging and The Lifecourse
Population and Society
Black Women and Feminism
Socialization
Sociology of Families
The African American Family
The Latino Family
Sociology of Violence
LGBTQ Families
Criminology (this course does not count toward an elective for Social Service and Community Research Concentration)
Deviant Behavior
Medical Sociology
Sociology of Mental Health
Social Psychology
Sociology of Religion (this course does not count toward an elective for Social Service and Community Research Concentration)
Sociology of Race and Ethnicity
Social Welfare in the U.S.
Social Movements (this course does not count toward an elective for Social Service and Community Research Concentration)
Sociology of Work
Social Networks
Urban Sociology
Political Sociology (this course does not count toward an elective for Social Service and Community Research Concentration)
Community Organization
Group Dynamics
Social Inequality
Black Americans in Contemporary Society
The Latino Experience in the U.S.
Sociology of Sex and Gender
Sociology of Migration
Social Change and Innovation
Citizenship, Status, and Inequality
Social Casework
Crime, Desistance, and Reentry
Concentration (6)
Students must satisfy the requirements of one of the concentrations listed below:6
Total Units37

Concentrations (6 units)

General Sociology Concentration (6 units)

(Program Code: SOCG)

SOC 3010Qualitative Analysis & Field Research3
or SOC 3020 Introduction to Community-Based Research
A minimum of three units chosen from the following:3
Indian Nations and Native America
Global Aging
Sociology of Education
Indigenous Peoples
Applied Sociological Research
Borders, Knowledges, and Identities
Social Determinants of Health
Internship and Applied Research
Seminar in Sociology
Honors Seminar 1
Honors Seminar 2
Total Units6

Social Service and Community Research Concentration (6 units)

(Program Code: SSCR)

SOC 3020Introduction to Community-Based Research3
SOC 5751Internship and Practicum3
Total Units6