Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Major Requirements

Required Courses

Course Number Course Description Units
SOC 300 GW Sociological Analysis GWAR (SOC 300 GW is a prerequisite for all other required courses in the major) 4
SOC 370 Classical Theories of Society or 4
SOC 371 Contemporary Theories of Society
SOC 392 Introduction to Research Methods 4
SOC 393 Quantitative Analysis of Social Data or 4
SOC 394 Sociological Field Methods
SOC 500 Senior Seminar or 3
SOC 501 Internship: Applied Sociology (2) and
SOC 502 Internship Seminar: Applied Sociology (1)
Total Required Courses 19

Sociology Electives

In fufilling the elective requirements students must complete at least one course from each of the following two areas*

Area 1: Inequalities in the United States

Course Number Course Description Units
SOC 272 Social Inequality: Poverty Wealth, and Privilege 4
SOC 330 Comparative Race and Ethnicity in the US: Class Gender, and Nation 3
SOC 362 The Social Construction of Deviance and Conformity 4
SOC 400 Variations in Human Sexuality 3
SOC 455 Punishment and Social Control 3
SOC 467 Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Cultures and Society 4
SOC 468 Social Aspects of Human Sexuality 4
SOC 469 Gender and Society 4
SOC 490 Sociology of Popular Culture 4

Area 2: Global Inequalities

Course Number Course Description Units
SOC 461 Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons 4
SOC 471 Societal Change and Development 4
SOC 477 Environmental Sociology 3
SOC 480 City in a Global Society 4
SOC 481 Sociology of Brazil 3
SOC 482 Global Immigration and Immigrants 3
SOC 483 Global Sociology 4
SOC 645 Identities, Inequalities & Struggles in Latin America 3

Total Number of Units for Electives: 23-24

Total Number of Units for Major: 42-43

*The remaining units may include additional courses from these areas, 3-4 upper-division units outside sociology upon approval of a sociology advisor and any other course with a sociology prefix including SOC 105, SOC110, SOC 200, SOC 245 and courses taken at other institutions.

Please note that the Department of Sociology accepts up to 12 lower-division units as electives toward the major. These units can be transferred credits or taken at SFSU, including SOC 105 and SOC 245. Students must have a total of 30 upper-division units toward the major.


The department strongly encourages students interested in pursuing an MA or PhD in Sociology to take both SOC 370 and 371 and all three methods courses (SOC 392, 393, and 394).