Curriculum for the Sociology Major

Core Requirements

The following core courses are required of majors (approximately 20 units): 

  • SOC 170: Classics of Modern Social Theory  
    • OR SOC 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 180A: Foundations of Social Research
  • SOC 180B: Introduction to Data Analysis
  • SOC *202 OR 204: Capstone Research Seminar or Preparation for Honors Thesis. 
    • It is recommended that students take the Writing in the Major (WIM) requirement during Junior year or as early as possible during Senior year. Students pursuing the regular BA should take SOC 204. WIM course substitutions from other departments may be accepted.
    • *Students considering honors are encouraged to enroll in SOC 202, instead of SOC 204. Click here for more information on the Sociology Honors program.
    • Please note that the Sociology major will require a capstone sequence for students beginning with the Class of 2025. The details of the capstone are not finalized at this time, but they will be announced as soon as they are available.

Foundation Courses

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In addition to core courses, students must complete at least three foundation courses (for 12-15 units). Students must take 1 class in 3 different areas, for a total of 3 courses.  For detailed information, see Areas of Study. Foundation courses, classified by area of study, are as follows:

  • Organizations, Business, and the Economy: SOC 114, SOC 160, SOC 162, or SOC 187
  • Social Movements, Comparative Politics, and Social Change: SOC 118, SOC 119, SOC 130, or SOC 176
  • Social Psychology and Interpersonal Processes: SOC 2, SOC 8, SOC 120, SOC 121, or SOC 127
  • Social Stratification and Inequality: SOC 135, SOC 140, SOC 141, SOC 144, SOC 149, SOC 152, SOC 156A, or SOC 179A
  • Race, Gender, Immigration, Identity, and Policy: SOC 142, SOC 145, SOC 147, SOC 150, SOC 155, or SOC 189

Elective Courses

Four Social Science electives (20 units) are required for the major. You may take all four courses in Sociology if you wish. Students may choose their elective courses according to personal interest. Non-Sociology courses must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies. A maximum of 10 units taken in other Social Science departments (Anthropology, Communication, Economics, Political Science, Psychology) may be counted towards the 60 units required for the Sociology B.A.

Statistics Course

Any one additional methodology or research methods class, quantitative or qualitative, statistics, computer science, field research methods, etc are all allowed.