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

The following information is from the 2018-2019 catalog requirements, effective Fall 2018. 
For prior catalog years, see worksheets at the bottom of this pageChanges were made to this major, effective Fall 2018. If you declared the major prior to Fall 2018, refer to the past worksheets at the bottom of this page for your requirements. If you are declared under a prior catalog year but are interested in updating your catalog rights to the 2018-19 requirements, please contact the undergraduate advisor to discuss this possibility.


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 lead director, Professor Chris Benner. SOCY 196G, the Project Practicum requirement, is offered Fall quarter only and must be taken after completing SOCY 107B (formerly SOCY 30C). 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

2018-19 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, 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, and receiving approval from the program director. 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. 


TWO Lower-Division Core Courses

Both courses must be taken.

  • SOCY 3A The Evaluation of Evidence - Offered Fall and 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 AMS 5, 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 (formerly SOCY 30B) Designing ICT Projects for Social Enterprise - Offered Winter
  • SOCY 107B (formerly SOCY 30C) 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

  • The five electives must be upper-division, 5-units at UCSC (education abroad courses may have different units), and relate to your project or GISES/Everett Program themes.
  • Electives must be justified and approved by the Program Director, Professor Chris Benner.
  • Examples of possible electives, and the approval form can be found on the GISES website.


ONE Project Practicum

  • Students must complete a GISES capstone project, SOCY 196G Project Practicum, offered Fall quarter only. Pre-requisite: Completion of SOCY 107B (formerly SOCY 30C)
  • Students must also refer to the Project Practicum guide


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:


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Summary of changes made to the major, effective Fall 2018

Declaration Requirement:
  • Starting Fall 2018, to qualify to declare the major and concentration students need: Two lower-division courses selected from SOCY 1, SOCY 10, or SOCY 15; plus SOCY 30A. A cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better in these three courses is required, as well as approval from the Program Director, Professor Chris Benner, prior to declaring. 
  • Old Requirement: SOCY 1, SOCY 15, SOCY 30A, SOCY 30B, SOCY 30C. A cumulative GPA of 2.8 or better in these five courses is required, as well as approval from the Program Director, Professor Chris Benner, prior to declaring. 
SOCY 30B and SOCY 30C:
  • Starting Winter 2019, SOCY 30B will become an upper-division course: SOCY 107A. SOCY 107A must be taken in Winter quarter after completing SOCY 30A in Fall quarter.
  • Starting Spring 2019, SOCY 30C will become an upper-division course: SOCY 107B. SOCY 107B must be taken in Spring quarter after completing SOCY 30A in Fall quarter, and 107A in Winter quarter. SOCY 107B will remain a three unit course.
Upper Division Electives:
  • Starting Fall 2018, five upper-division electives will be required instead of the current six upper-division electives that are required.
  • Starting Fall 2018, students who are currently declared in the GISES concentration may request to have their catalog rights updated in order to reduce their upper-division elective requirement to five. You can do this starting Fall quarter by emailing me: Please note: if you are double counting courses with another major or minor, updating your catalog rights to reduce the elective requirement may change the number of courses you are eligible to double count. I will review this at the time that you request a change in your catalog rights.
  • For information about the approval process of upper-division electives, please see:
SOCY 196G Project Practicum:
  • Starting Fall 2018, this course will become a regularly scheduled course listed in the schedule of classes, instead of an individual/independent study. This course will be offered Fall quarters only, and has a prerequisite of SOCY 107B (formerly SOCY 30C).
  • For information about the SOCY 196G requirements, please see:


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Prior Year Major Worksheets and Sample Plans

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