Sociology

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Through inquiry, analysis, and research — inside and out of the classroom — we build a better understanding of how social structures and inequalities are formed through race, class, gender, sexuality, age, and nationality. We aim to understand the impact of those structures on individuals, and to envision alternative futures at both the local and global level.

At USF, we practice a down-to-earth sociology. Whether students concentrate in criminology, education, globalization, or critical diversity, they use the sociological frameworks learned in the classroom to start a dialogue in their everyday lives. We motivate students to consider social theories and policies in terms of their implications for social justice and teach them to communicate their point of view through clear, polished writing and effective public speaking.

Year 1

Fall
  • Sociology Core: Introduction to Sociology
  • University Core
  • University Core
  • University Core
Spring
  • Sociology Core/Writing in Sociology
  • Sociology Elective
  • University Core
  • University Core
Summer
  • University Core
  • University Core
  • University Core
  • University Elective

Year 2

Fall
  • Sociology Core: Global Inequalities & Social Justice
  • Sociology Elective
  • University Core
  • University Elective
Spring
  • Sociology Core: Sociological Theory
  • Sociology Elective
  • University Core
  • University Elective
Summer
  • University Core
  • University Core
  • University Core
  • University Elective

Year 3

Fall
  • Sociology Core: Research Methods
  • Sociology Elective
  • University Core
  • University Elective
Spring
  • Sociology Senior Requirement: Capstone Seminar
  • Sociology Elective
  • University Core
  • University Elective

Please note:

  • Students interested in graduating in three years must discuss graduation plans with their Major Advisers.
  • Sample outline of classes is suggested, variations are possible (contact sociology@usfca.edu for additional guidance).
  • To complete the 3-Year Plan, students should plan on taking 16-credits each semester/summer session.
  • Students who plan on completing an Honors Thesis in Sociology must contact sociology@usfca.edu or their Major Adviser for additional guidance.