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


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Important Notes:

This major combines the Sociology BA and the Everett Program, therefore it is important for students to review the Everett Program website in addition to the information below. The Everett Program is an option for any student, regardless of their major. But 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 Everett Program ( to determine if completion of this major by your expected graduation term is possible. 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.

Students should also note that GISES is a concentration, and UCSC does not include concentration information on a diploma. However, your transcripts will reflect the concentration information.



Major Requirements

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

To be eligible to declare the major and concentration: Students are required to pass each of the three courses with a B- or better. Transfer students who completed the articulated equivalent to SOCY 1 and SOCY 10 from another institution, only have to receive the B- or better grade in SOCY 30A. In addition, all students must be approved by the Program Director to continue with the program with SOCY 107A in Winter quarter. The approval process takes place near the end of SOCY 30A.

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
    • Students are encouraged to take SOCY 3B with the Sociology department, however, SOCY 3B can also be substituted with STAT 5, STAT 7, PSYC 2, or equivalent.
    • AP Statistics scores of 4 or 5 satisfies the SOCY 3B requirement.
    • SOCY 3B equivalents can also be found through UC Online, such as MGMT 7: Statistics for Business Decision Making offered through UC Irvine


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. Courses that satisfy the DC requirement must be taken at UCSC and they have a prerequisite of the Entry Level Writing and Composition requirements. The courses are also restricted to students who have junior and senior class standing.

  • 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

Any combination of the following options may be used to satisfy the five upper-division electives in this major:
  • UCSC Sociology Department upper-division electives, numbered SOCY 110-189,
  • Upper-division electives from this list of approved electives from other departments.
  • 5-unit Independent Studies taken with Professor Chris Benner are approved to count as upper-division electives.
  • SOCY 107F taken three times (six units total) can count towards one upper-division elective
  • All other courses must be petitioned. 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. Prerequisite: SOCY 107B
  • Students should also refer to the Project Practicum guidelines on the GISES website


ONE Comprehensive Requirement (AKA Senior Exit Requirement)

Students must select one of the following options:

  1. SOCY 196S Senior Seminar: Five-unit course; offered Fall, Winter, and Spring; topics vary each quarter and year. Enrollment by application and permission code.
  2. SOCY Graduate Level Course: Graduate seminar courses are numbered SOCY 200-299. Enrollment by instructor invitation or approval.
  3. Senior Thesis: 10-15 units of independent study thesis coursework (SOCY 195A and B mandatory, 195C is optional). Prerequisite: SOCY 3A and faculty approval.


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