Sociology B.A. with Global Information and Social Enterprise (GISES) Intensive Concentration

The following information is from the 2019-2020 catalog requirements, effective Fall 2019. 
For prior catalog years, see worksheets at the bottom of this page.


Important Notes:

Students must also refer to the Everett Program website and the GISES website. The Everett Program is an option for any student, regardless of their major. If you are majoring in Sociology, you can add the Everett Program to your major through the GISES intensive concentration.

Students who are in their senior year and starting the SOCY 30A/107A/107B series must speak with the managing director, Katie Roper. SOCY 196G, the Project Practicum requirement, is offered Fall quarter only and must be taken after completing SOCY 107B. This places your graduation in Fall quarter, after the commencement ceremony in Spring quarter. Please contact the Undergraduate Advisor if you have any questions.

Sociology students who started with the Sociology BA and are now switching to the Sociology BA with GISES intensive concentration should not assume that the electives they applied to the Sociology BA can also be applied to the electives in the Sociology BA with GISES intensive concentration. Please review the elective requirement below.  


Course Requirements

2019-20 Curriculum Chart Worksheet (pdf)

THREE Lower-Division Courses Required to Declare the Major and Concentration

The following three courses must be passed with a cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better, and have approval from the program director (which takes place in SOCY 30A), prior to declaring the major. Students may also declare in two steps: first declare the regular Sociology B.A. upon passing two of the three options from SOCY 1, SOCY 10, and SOCY 15; and then adding the concentration upon passing SOCY 30A, having a 2.8 cumulative GPA in the three courses. This two-step process is typically used in cases where a student passed two courses from SOCY 1, SOCY 10, and SOCY 15 in their frosh or sophomore year, and then passed SOCY 30A in their junior year. 

Select two of the following three courses:

  • SOCY 1 Introduction to Sociology - Offered Fall, Spring, and Summer
  • SOCY 10 Issues and Problems in American Society - Offered Winter and Summer
  • SOCY 15 World Society (CC GE) - Offered Fall and Summer

AND complete:

  • SOCY 30A Introduction to Global Information and Social Enterprise Studies (PE-T GE) - Offered Fall

After completing SOCY 30A in Fall quarter, students must continue on to the upper-division GISES core course requirements: SOCY 107A in Winter and SOCY 107B in Spring. 

The remaining SOCY requirements listed below must be passed with a C or better or "Pass" grades.


TWO Lower-Division Core Courses

Both courses must be taken.

  • SOCY 3A The Evaluation of Evidence - Offered Fall and typically in the Summer.
    • Double majors with Psychology may substitute SOCY 3A with PSYC 100.
    • Double majors with Latin American and Latino Studies (LALS) may substitute SOCY 3A with LALS 100A.
  • SOCY 3B Statistical Methods (SR GE) - Offered Winter and sometimes in the Summer (not Su19)
    • Students are encouraged to take SOCY 3B with the Sociology department, however, SOCY 3B can also be substituted with STAT 5 (formerly AMS 5), STAT 7 (formerly AMS 7), PSYC 2, or equivalent. AP Statistics score of 4 or 5 satisfies the SOCY 3B requirement.


TWO Upper-Division GISES Core Courses

The following two courses must be completed in Winter and Spring immediately following SOCY 30A

  • SOCY 107A Designing ICT Projects for Social Enterprise - Offered Winter
  • SOCY 107B Project Implementation and Grant Writing (3 units) - Offered Spring


TWO Upper-Division Core Courses

Both courses must be taken, in sequence, starting with SOCY 105A. SOCY 105A and SOCY 105B also satisfy the Disciplinary Communications (DC) requirement for the major. 
  • SOCY 105A Classical Social Theory - Offered Fall, Winter, and Summer
  • SOCY 105B Contemporary Social Theory - Offered Winter, Spring, and Summer


FIVE Upper-Division Elective Courses

  • Electives must either be from the Sociology Department at UCSC, numbered SOCY 110-189, or from the list of approved electives for GISES.
  • 5-unit Independent Studies taken with the Program Director, Professor Chris Benner, are approved to count as upper division electives.
  • All other upper division electives must be petitioned with the Program Director, Professor Chris Benner. Electives must be upper division and 5 units at UCSC (abroad courses may carry different units). If you are petitioning a new course for approval, please complete this online form. 


ONE Project Practicum

  • Students must complete a GISES capstone project, SOCY 196G Project Practicum, offered Fall quarter only. Pre-requisite: Completion of SOCY 107B
  • Students must also refer to the Project Practicum guidelines on the GISES website


ONE Comprehensive Requirement

Students may choose one of the following options:

  • SOCY 196A Capstone: The Sociologist as a Public Intellectual - Offered Spring quarter only. May be taken Junior or Senior year. 
  • Senior Thesis. Students must enroll into 10-15 units of individual study courses. SOCY 195A and SOCY 195B enrollment is mandatory, while SOCY 195C is optional as some student may complete their thesis in two quarters. Two quarters of thesis work is required but three quarters is recommended. For more information, refer to the senior thesis page.


Sample Plans:




Prior Year Major Worksheets and Sample Plans

Download the major worksheet (PDF) for the catalog year you are following.