Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Sociology examines the social aspects and dimensions of most everything human beings do in the realm of politics, economics, culture, technology, relationships, and identity. Studying sociology provides students critical and reflexive perspectives with which to understand the world. It pushes students to develop the analytical, research, and compositional skills necessary to investigate, understand, analyze, explain, and improve the world around them. Courses cover a broad range of topics including: the study of individuals as social actors; the analysis of social processes such as social interaction and deviance and conformity; the study of institutions such as law, family, media, popular culture, medicine, education, and religion; and the investigation of the social organization of entire societies in the global context. The department offers a variety of courses of interest to non-majors as well as to majors and career outlook. 
The department is now accepting all SFSU students in good academic standing who would like to declare or change their major to Sociology. 
At minimum, 3-4 semesters are required in order to complete the major requirements and the major core courses must be taken in sequence. Students typically do not get into the first core course (SOC 300GW) until their second semester junior year.


Please note that the department strongly encourages students to meet with an advisor early during their first semester at SFSU regardless of academic rank. All students are required to have met with a Sociology advisor at least once by the time they have completed SOC 300GW. Each student is assigned to an advisor based on their last name. The faculty list follows:

Spring 2022 Sociology Faculty Advisors