Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Department

BA - Sociology

The BA in sociology educates students about social processes that create, maintain, and transform social institutions and social identities. Sociology provides a framework for understanding social behavior in groups, social change and inequality in society, and solutions to social problems. Analytical and research skills speak to the needs of a changing world. The degree offers students the widest flexibility in terms of future career choices.

University Graduation Requirements

Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.

4-Year Program Roadmap

Students may find a roadmap for this program here. These roadmaps are an advising tool that outlines a path of courses a student can take to complete requirements for graduation. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example course grade minimums).

Course Requirements

University Graduation Requirements50
Core Lower Division General Education30
Of the 39 units required by the university, 9 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Courses that meet GE Areas A1, A2, A3 or B4 must be passed with a "C-" or better to meet the requirement. Consult with major advisor for details.
Note: Students who have completed the ADT Transfer Degree (under SB 1440) for this major will have completed all Lower Division GE Requirements and should follow the 60 unit guarantee roadmap. Meet with an advisor prior to registering for your first semester for the 60 unit roadmap or specific questions.
Upper Division General Education9
Of the 9 units required by the university, 0 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
Coursework shown below for the 6 units required by the university are double counted within GE. Other courses do meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. Consult with major advisor for details.
Complete one sequence from:
African American Studies6
AFAM 002A. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentD23
AFAM 002B. African-Americans and the Development of America's History and GovernmentM73
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IIM73
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. HistoryM123
HIST 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California GovernmentM113
Can be taken as POLS 015 A/B as well.
Mexican American Studies6
MAS 010A. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentD23
MAS 010B. Mexican Americans and the Development of U.S. History and GovernmentM73
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement3
At SJSU, students must pass both the SJSU Writing Skills Test (WST) and a 100W course. For additional information on the WST, please see Exceptions to the GWAR may be found at
A grade of C or better (C- not accepted) is required to meet graduation requirement.
SOCI 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
Requirements of the Major39
Core Courses24
SOCI 001. Introduction to SociologyD13
SOCI 080. Social ProblemsD33
SOCI 101. Social Theory3
SOCI 104. Quantitative Research Methods3
SOCI 105. Qualitative Research Methods3
SOCI 116. Global Society3
Complete one course from:
SOCI 102. Introduction to Statistics3
SOCI 015. Statistical Applications in the Social SciencesB43
UNVS 015C or UNVS 016C may be used in lieu of the statistics course required by this major.
Complete one course from:
SOCI 104B. Advanced Quantitative Research Methods3
SOCI 105B. Advanced Qualitative Research Methods3
SOCI 181B. Sociology Career Capstone3
Additional Requirements15
Complete one course from:
SOCI 118. Sociology of Human Rights and Social Justice3
SOCI 140. Sociology of Media3
SOCI 146. Work, Power, and Leisure3
SOCI 160. Immigration and Identity3
SOCI 161. City Life3
SOCI 162. Race and Ethnic RelationsS3
SOCI 163. Social Change3
SOCI 164. Social Action3
SOCI 165. Poverty, Wealth and Privilege3
SOCI 166. Medical Sociology3
SOCI 169. Political Sociology3
Complete one course from:
SOCI 151. Violence in the Family3
SOCI 154. Sociology and Non-Conforming Behavior3
SOCI 170. Sociology of Family3
SOCI 171. Person and Society3
SOCI 172. Lesbian, Gay, Bi, Transgender Studies3
SOCI 173. Socialization and Identity3
SOCI 174. Sexualities3
SOCI 175. Sociology of Masculinities and Femininities3
SOCI 176. Sociology of Everyday Life3
SOCI 178. Sociology of Childhood3
Select any additional three upper division Sociology courses including those listed above and 199H9
University Electives31
A minor is strongly recommended.

Total Units:120

SOCI 120, SOCI 180, SOCI 196 and SOCI 199H may be applied to the major when they have direct relevance; such relevance is determined by advisor.

Double major or double concentration requirements: contact the Sociology Department for an appointment with the department chair.