Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology is part of a strong program of social science studies that fosters critical thinking and analytical abilities, as well as develops the writing and communication skills that prepare students for a diverse and increasingly global job market. Through honing an understanding of and facility with both quantitative and qualitative methods of inquiry, the sociology major acquires a toolkit for problem-solving. Majoring in Sociology prepares students for a wide range of occupations, including social work, market research and statistical analysis, education, criminal justice, business and management, graduate school, and community and social services, among others.
The degree requires 39 units in the major, including 12 units of core courses and 24 units of adviser-approved electives tailored to each student’s career objectives; 12 units of which may count toward one of three concentrations (Health and Social Welfare, Social Inequities, Sociology of Deviance and Crime). SOCI 101 is a required prerequisite for most sociology courses. It is recommended that SOCI 302 be one of the first upper-division Sociology courses, and SOCI 410 be taken after 15 units of sociology.
All courses counting towards the major must be taken for a letter grade. Students must pass core courses and the writing requirement with a “C” (2.0) or better.
Upper-Division Writing Requirement (3 units)
Electives (12 or 24 units)
- 12 units of select coursework in sociology if pursuing a concentration, or
- 24 units of select coursework in sociology consistent with career objectives