Sociology B.A. Requirements

Sociology Major Requirements for the 2017-18 Catalog

Please also refer to the major worksheet and sample plans found at the bottom of this page


TWO Lower-Division Courses Required to Qualify for the Major

Two of the following three course options must be completed with grades of C+ or better prior to declaring the major.

  • 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 - Offered Fall and Summer


TWO Lower-Division Core Courses

  • SOCY 3A The Evaluation of Evidence (Formerly SOCY 103B) - Offered Fall and Summer
  • SOCY 3B Statistical Methods (Formerly SOCY 103A) - Offered Winter and Summer
    • 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 equivalents. AP Statistics scores of 4 or 5 satisfies the SOCY 3B requirement.


TWO Upper-Division Core Courses

The Disciplinary Communications (DC) General Education and major requirement can be satisfied in the major by taking SOCY 105A and SOCY 105B starting Fall 2016. Prior to Fall 2016, students can satisfy the DC requirement with SOCY 103B.

  • 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

  • Sociology electives are numbered SOCY 110-189
  • Two of the five required electives may be course substitutions.


ONE Comprehensive Requirement

Students may choose from the following options:

  • SOCY 196A Capstone: The Sociologist as a Public Intellectual - Offered Spring quarter only
  • Senior Thesis. Students must enroll in 10-15 units.  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. Thesis courses are added to your schedule as an individual study. For more information, refer to the senior thesis page.


Major Worksheets

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


Sample Plan for 2017-18 Frosh Student


Sample Plans for 2017-18 Transfer Students

Sample plans #1-3 assume that that you will be transferring in the equivalent to SOCY 1 and SOCY 10, and they vary depending on whether you have completed the equivalent to SOCY 3A and/or SOCY 3B. Sample plan #4 is for student who have not taken any sociology requirements. All plans are flexible and subject to change.

  • Sample Plan 1 - If a student has not completed the equivalent to SOCY 3A and SOCY 3B
  • Sample Plan 2 - If a student has completed the equivalent to SOCY 3B, but not SOCY 3A
  • Sample Plan 3 - If a student has completed the equivalent to SOCY 3A and SOCY 3B
  • Sample Plan 4 - If a student has not taken any sociology requirements for transfer