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This is an archive of the 2015-2016 University Catalog.
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Program: B.A., Sociology

General Sociology


The General Sociology Option is intended for those who wish a liberal arts education; those who desire to pursue graduate education in Sociology or allied fields; and those who wish specific occupational preparation for a number of fields. Students may focus on the areas of American Studies, Criminology and Criminal Justice, Social Psychology, Social Research, Ethnic Studies, Sociology of Work and Social Problems as a way of developing their interests and knowledge in broad areas of specialization within the discipline.

Program Requirements

1. Lower Division Required Courses (10 units)

MATH 140 Introductory Statistics (4)
SOC 150 Introductory Sociology (3)
SOC 202 Sociological Analysis (3)

2. Upper Division Required Courses (18 units)

SOC 364/L Social Statistics and Lab (3/1)
SOC 368/S Sociological Theory I and Research Seminar in Sociological Theory I (3/2)
SOC 468/S Sociological Theory II and Research Seminar in Sociological Theory II (3/2)
SOC 497/L Methods of Social Research and Lab (3/1)

3. Electives (20 units)

Select 20 units of Upper Division Sociology courses. Courses cannot fulfill more than one requirement.

4. General Education (48 units)

Undergraduate students must complete 48 units of General Education as described in this Catalog.

Total Units in Major/Option: 48

General Education Units: 48

Additional Units: 24

Total Units Required for the B.A. Degree: 120


Chair: Karen Morgaine
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Student Learning Outcomes

Completion of the degree in Sociology will provide the student with:

  1. A knowledge and understanding of the basic data, concepts, theories (classical and/or contemporary) and modes of explanation appropriate to the understanding of human societies.
  2. A basic knowledge of the four options offered in the department—general sociology, criminology/criminal justice, social welfare (method/practice), and work and society.
  3. The statistical and methodological skills (both qualitative and quantitative) needed for sociological research, their application to real-world problems and the appropriate interpretation of research results.