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The Major(s), with Emphases and/or Options

Sociology Major

Recommended for students who seek a broad social science background at the bachelor’s level as preparation for graduate work and employment in a wide variety of occupations in both the public and private sector (including teaching, general management, the helping professions, survey and market research, law, human resources and health care administration), as well as graduate work in sociology, other social sciences, counseling, business administration and urban planning.

  • Required Units (crs.): 33 minimum

  • Required Courses:

    • Sociology: Sociology 203, 275, 281, 301, 381, 481

    • ETS Major Field Test in Sociology

  • Electives: Sufficient courses from the Department's offerings in Sociology to meet the Minimum Requirement.

Emphases: Majors and minors have the option to complete an emphasis, which provides depth in a particular area and is noted on transcripts as such. It is earned after a student has completed a minimum total of 15 credits from the courses listed under the particular emphasis, inclusive of a 1-3 credit internship in a related field.

Electives for Majors who do NOT elect an Emphasis: If a major does not choose depth and applied focus through the above, they shall achieve breadth in their electives. They would need to complete a minimum of 15 credits of electives and at least one course from each of the above subject areas (the three areas of Emphasis).

1. Organization, Community, & Environment. This Emphasis is geared towards students interested in fields of study and careers in areas such as organizational leadership, human resources, community organizing, community development, planning, public health, and sustainability.

    • Elective Courses: 15 credits from the following list:
      • Sociology 261, 311, 313, 315, 317, 325, 337, 342, 361 + 467 (internship)

2. Social Control, Deviance, & Criminology. This Emphasis is geared towards students interested in fields of study and careers in areas such as counseling, law, public policy, and criminal justice.

    • Elective Courses: 15 credits from the following list:
      • Sociology 321, 339, 351, 353, 355, 365, 369, 371, 373 + 467 (internship)

3. Human Diversity & Social Inequality. This Emphasis is geared towards students interested in fields of study and careers in areas such as social services, organizational leadership, human resources, community organizing, population studies, and public administration.

    • Elective Courses: 15 credits from the following list:
      • Sociology 311, 313, 315, 317, 325, 331, 339, 347, 359, 368, 373 + 467 (internship)
  • Note: On a case-by-case basis students will be allowed to substitute an appropriate independent study or sociology study abroad course for an internship if the student has difficulty in securing an internship or has particular interests.
  • Note: No more than three credits of the 33 credit Minimum Requirement for the major can come from arranged courses (Sociology 446, 456, 467).

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