Sociology and Interdisciplinary Social Sciences Department

BA - Sociology, Concentration in Race and Ethnic Studies

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 Requirements41
Core Lower Division General Education27
Of the 39 units required by the university, 12 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 Education6
Of the 9 units required by the university, 3 units may be satisfied by coursework outlined below. Consult with major advisor for details.
American Institutions6
The 6 units of American Institutions (US123) coursework shown below also fulfills GE Areas D2 and D3. Other courses meet the American Institutions requirement, but may not include additional GE areas. The American Studies (AMS 1A/B) and Humanities Honors (HUM 1A/B, 2A/B) programs both offer larger integrated packages that meet this requirement. 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 GovernmentD3+US1233
Asian American Studies6
AAS 033A. Asian Americans in U.S. History ID23
AAS 033B. Asian Americans in U.S. History IID3+US1233
U.S. History and Government6
HIST 015A. Essentials of U.S. History D2+US13
POLS 015B. Essentials of U.S. & California Government D3+US233
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 GovernmentD3+US1233
Physical Education2
Graduation Writing Assessment Requirement
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.
Requirements of the Major42-43
Core Courses27
SOCI 001. Introduction to SociologyD13
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.
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 Society3
Complete one course from:
SOCI 104B. Advanced Quantitative Research Methods3
SOCI 105B. Advanced Qualitative Research Methods3
SOCI 181B. Sociology Career Capstone3
Additional Requirements15-16
Concentration Core3
Complete one course from:
AAS 185. Multicultural Perspectives within American SocietyS3
SOCI 162. Race and Ethnic RelationsS3
Race and Ethnic Studies Breadth12-13
Complete one course from each of the following areas
Area 1- Asian American Studies:3-4
AAS 125. Filipino Experience in the United States3
AAS 133. Introduction to Social Issues in Planning4
AAS 175. Asian American CommunitiesS3
AAS 186. The Vietnamese Experience in America3
Area 2- African American Studies:3
AFAM 105. Health Issues in the African-American Community3
AFAM 112. New Faces in the African-American Community3
AFAM 120. Sociological Analysis of African-American Communities3
AFAM 125. The Black Family3
AFAM 134. Martin L. King and the Civil Rights Movement3
Area 3- Mexican American Studies:3
MAS 115. Chicana/o Families3
MAS 120. Political Economy and Chicana/o Communities3
MAS 125. Chicana/o Community Studies3
MAS 127. Chicanas/os and the Criminal Justice System3
MAS 130. Chicanas and Chicanos in American SocietyS3
MAS 135. Contemporary Chicana/o Issues3
Area 4- Native American Studies3
ANTH 164. Prehistory of North America3
ANTH 175. Anthropology of Native America3
ANTH 176. Indians of California3
University Electives36-37
A minor is strongly recommended.

Total Units:120