Major in Sociology

The Sociology Major provides a broad-based, liberal arts education that stresses analytical thinking, critical reasoning, and writing skills.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will:

  • analyze critically major social practices, structures, and inequalities
  • discuss and differentiate major sociological theories, frameworks and traditions
  • formulate, conduct, and communicate independent social research
  • connect sociological analysis to practical social action

Requirements

44 units

Requirements Checklist: Sociology Major

Required (24 units)

  • SOC 150 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 297 Writing in Sociology
  • SOC 302 Global Inequalities and Social Justice
  • SOC 306 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 308 Research Methods
  • SOC 410 Senior Thesis Workshop (Instructor permission only)
    or
    SOC 450 Sociology Capstone Seminar

Electives (20 units)

  • SOC 109 Environment and Society
  • SOC 226 Social Problems
  • SOC 227 Violence in Society
  • SOC 228 Asians and Pacific Islanders in U.S. Society
  • SOC 229 Diversity of American Families
  • SOC 230 Urban Places, Faces, and Spaces
  • SOC 233 Gender, Development and Globalization
  • SOC 338 Sociology of Education
  • SOC 231 Introduction to Globalization
  • SOC 238 African American Culture and Society
  • SOC 313 Latin@-Chican@ Culture and Society
  • SOC 314 U.S. Mexico Borderlands
  • SOC 240 People of Mixed Descent
  • SOC 260 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 319 Health and Environment
  • SOC 320 Global Environments and Societies
  • SOC 321 Social Psychology
  • SOC 322 Resistance to Corporate Globalization
  • SOC 323 Urban Education
  • SOC 324 Sport, Culture and Society
  • SOC 325 Critical Approaches to Race and Ethnicity
  • SOC 326 Sociology of Popular Culture
  • SOC 329 Social Worlds of Children
  • SOC 331 Social Stratification
  • SOC 332 Religion and Society
  • SOC 333 Nationalism and Citizenship
  • SOC 340 Social Change
  • SOC 345 Feminism, Gender, and the Body
  • SOC 347 Sex and Sexualities
  • SOC 350 Social Movements
  • SOC 351 Revolution and Reaction
  • SOC 352 Politics and Society
  • SOC 353 Sociology of Peace and War
  • SOC 354 Sociology of Law
  • SOC 355 Deviance and Social Control
  • SOC 356 Juvenile Justice
  • SOC 357 Criminology
  • SOC 360 Cities in a Global Context
  • SOC 390 Current Issues in Sociology
  • SOC 392 Community Organizing
  • SOC 395 Fieldwork in Sociology
  • SOC 398 Directed Study
  • SOC 399 Directed Reading

Honors

In addition to achieving a 3.5 or above GPA in the major and a 3.2 or above GPA overall, students complete a rigorous two-semester honors thesis sequence of courses; independently design, research, and complete an honors thesis in their subject of choice; and publicly present their research in two public forums.

Contact Info

Department of Sociology

Kalmanovitz Hall 252 (415) 422-6671 (415) 422-5671