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

Social Welfare and Social Justice


The Social Welfare and Social Justice Option is intended to provide students with knowledge and skills necessary for entry professional-level employment working within various social service settings, such as hospitals, probation and parole, public welfare, community planning and mental health organizations. Central to our mission statement is our focus on promoting anti-oppressive social work practice and preparing students to be agents of social change in order to strive for ending discrimination, oppression and enhancing human well-being through education, research and community service. Students planning to pursue this option are encouraged to seek advisement prior to their junior year if possible. Students wishing to declare this option as their major should plan to do so in their junior year and are required to see an advisor in the option at least once each semester in order to plan their course load. Students must apply for the SOC 475AS/AF field study internship courses the Spring semester prior to Fall semester placement.

More information

If you would like more information about this program, please contact


Chair: Karen Morgaine
Santa Susana Hall (SN) 321
(818) 677-3591 

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.