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.
In addition to the requirements for the major, students must meet all other university requirements for a bachelor’s degree. Please consult the Graduation Requirements for the Bachelor’s Degree section in this catalog for complete information. 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
Sociology of Deviance and Crime (12 units)
The Sociology of Deviance and Crime concentration provides students a deeper understanding of the causes of deviance and crime from a sociological perspective, focusing particularly on how norms and values construct human attitudes, behaviors and conditions as deviant and/or criminal. It also examines social forces regulating deviance and crime.