Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Required Curriculum

We encourage students to follow this curriculum to fulfill the required prerequisites in the correct order to complete the degree in four years. Failing to meet the prerequisites will delay your graduation.

For more information regarding the Sociology major requirements, please click here for a detailed overview written by the Department Chair.

 

1st Semester Requirements

Recommended Course

Units

GE Area A2 Written Communication I, also satisfies Written English Proficiency ENG 114  3
GE Area A1 Oral Communication COMM 150  3
GE Area B1 or B2 Physical and Biological Sciences    3
GE Area C1 or C2: Arts or Humanities    3
GE Area D1 Social Sciences    3
  Semester Total 15

2nd Semester Requirements

Recommended Course

Units

GE Area A3 Critical Thinking    3
GE Area B4 Quantitative Reasoning    3
GE Area B1 or B2 Physical and Biological Sciences    3
GE Area B3 Laboratory Science    0-1
GE Area D2: Social Sciences: US History    3
University Elective    3
  Semester Total 15 - 16

3rd Semester Requirements

Recommended Course

 Units

GE Area C3: Humanities-Literature    3
GE Area D3: Social Sciences: US & California Government    3
Major: Prerequisite, Foundation or Core    3
Major: Prerequisite, Foundation or Core or University Elective    3
University Elective    3
  Semester Total  15

4th Semester Requirements

Recommended  Course

 Units

GE Area C1: Arts    3
Major: Prerequisite, Foundation or Core    3
Major: Prerequisite, Foundation or Core or University Elective    3
University Elective    3
University Elective    2-3
  Semester Total 14-15

5th Semester Requirements

Required Course

  Units

Sociology Elective    3 - 4
Sociology Elective     3 - 4
First Complementary Studies Course    3 - 4
Second Complementary Studies Course    3 - 4
  Semester Totals  12-16

6th Semester Requirements

Required Course

Units

SOC 300GW: Sociological Analysis SOC 300GW 4
Sociology Area I Inequalities in the US   3 - 4
Sociology Elective   3 - 4
Third Complementary Studies Course   3 - 4
  Semester Total 13-16

7th Semester Requirements

Required Course

Units

SOC 370 or SOC 371 Classical or Contemporary Theories of Societies  SOC 370 or SOC 371 4
SOC 392: Introduction to Research Methods SOC 392 4
Sociology Area 2 Global Inequalities   3 - 4
Fourth Complementary Studies Course, if needed   3 - 4
  Semester Total 14-16

8th Semester Requirements

Required Course

Units

SOC 393 or SOC 394 Quantitative Analysis or Sociological Field Methods SOC 393 or SOC 394 4
SOC 500 or SOC 501/2 or SOC 503/4 Senior Seminar or Internship Seminar or Research Internship SOC 500 or SOC 501/2 or SOC 503/4 3
Sociology Elective, if needed    3 - 4
Open Elective, if needed   3 - 4
  Semester Total 13-15

Total Number of Units to Graduate - 120
( 40 must be upper division units) 

Total Number of Units for the Major  -  42 - 43

 

Important Prerequisites:

SOC 300 GW: Students must have completed at least 60 units in order to take SOC 300 GW. SOC 370, SOC 371, and SOC 392 require successful completion of SOC 300 GW Sociological Analysis. Sociology majors who successfully complete SOC 300 GW will have met the University Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement (GWAR).

SOC 370 or 371 may be taken concurrently with SOC 392.

SOC 370, SOC 371, and SOC 392: SOC 500 and SOC 501/2 require successful completion of SOC 370 or SOC 371 and SOC 392. SOC 393 and SOC 394 require successful completion of SOC 392.

NOTE: The sequence of core courses must be taken in the order shown above. 

Important Notes:

  • If you haven't already taken any lower-division Sociology elective by the start of your 5th semester, we recommend you start with one or more of the following courses: SOC 105, SOC 245, SOC 272.
  • SOC 105, SOC 200, and SOC 245 meet the BSS-B requirement. SOC 272 meets the BSS-C requirement. These courses also count as sociology electives. 
  • Up to 12 lower-division units are accepted as electives including SOC 105, SOC 110, SOC 200, SOC 245 and transferred credits from community colleges and other institutions.
  • We strongly encourage students interested in pursuing an MA or PhD in Sociology to take both SOC 370, SOC 371, and all three methods courses (SOC 392, SOC 393, and SOC 394).