The B.A. requires a minimum of 36 units of sociology, 21 of which must be upper-division courses. All majors must take the following core courses which provide students with an overview of the discipline, its major theories, and the fundamentals of its research methods and statistics.
- Soc 101: Introduction to Sociology
- Soc 375: Quantitative Reasoning in Sociology
- Soc 374: Social Research Methods
- Soc 300: Sources of Sociological Theory
Because the major assumes moderate knowledge of mathematics, students must successfully complete Math 109C, (College Algebra and Data Analysis), or a higher level Math course prior to enrolling in Soc 375.
Students must have taken and passed their second semester composition course (i.e., Engl 102, 108, or 109H) prior to enrolling in Soc 300. Majors are strongly advised to take SOC 101, 374 and 375 before the start of their junior year. Upper-division courses require completion of 56 units or permission of the instructor. Otherwise, unless specifically indicated, sociology courses do not have prerequisites and students simply select courses that meet their interests.