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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.

Course Requirements

General Education Requirements39
Of the 51 units required by the university, 12 units may be satisfied by specified major and support requirements. Consult major advisor for details.
American Institutions(6)
Of the 6 units required by the university, all may be satisfied within general education requirements as specified in the schedule of classes.
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement(3)
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
Requirement of the Major42
Core Courses27
SOCI 001. Introduction to SociologyD13
SOCI 080. Social ProblemsD33
SOCI 100W. Writing WorkshopZ3
SOCI 101. Social Theory3
SOCI 104. Quantitative Research Methods3
SOCI 105. Qualitative Research Methods3
SOCI 116. Global SocietyD33
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 through the Summer 2014.
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 Electives37
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.