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Sociology Department

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Sociology studies the interaction and relationships among human groups and institutions and how behavior is shaped by these relationships. It examines how society maintains stability and how it changes, investigating both consensus and conflict among social groups. Sociology's subject matter consists of social institutions including family, work, religion, and social processes such as identity development, deviance and socialization. Sociology majors explore foundational ideas about the nature of society, are introduced to key subfields of the discipline, and acquire fundamental research and analysis skills to carry out their own inquiries. The department's faculty members emphasize empirical work in a number of subfields including applied and community sociology, the family, health and medicine, law and society, international and global sociology, gender, the sociology of religion, qualitative and quantitative research methods and cultural anthropology.

Sociology embodies the essential values of a liberal arts education in its emphasis on analysis and problem solving, comparative thinking, writing and critical inquiry. In providing such skills, sociology is a good background for professions in teaching, medicine, social work, law, business and social justice. Finally, sociology provides the breadth of theoretical and methodological training for advanced graduate work in all the behavioral sciences.

Consult the Course Catalog for major degree requirements - Sociology B.A. (48 credits); Sociology B.A. with Social Work Emphasis (51 credits), the minor program, and all course offerings

  • Students pursuing the B.A. in Sociology are required to:
  • Maintain at least a 2.0 grade point average in the major.
  • Fulfill official degree requirements according to their Program Year.
  • Complete all core courses in the major for a letter grade (earning a "C-" or higher).
  • Satisfy upper-division minimum requirements: 21 credits of your coursework for the major are at the 300 or 400 level.
  • Complete capstone sequence: SOC 301 - Field Research (3 credits) and SOC 497 - Senior Thesis Project (3 credits)

Curriculum for Sociology Major:

Sociology Core Requirements (18 credits)

  • SOC 101 Intro to Sociology 
  • SOC 201 Intro to Research Methods
  • SOC 301 Field Research
  • SOC 305 Social Theory
  • SOC 318 Quantitative Data Analysis
  • SOC 497 Senior Thesis/Project

One of the following (3 credits)

  • SOC 211 Social Problems
  • SOC 225 Social Inequality/Stratification
  • SOC 306 Social Movements

Social and Anthropology Electives (27 Credits)

48 Units Total

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Contact Us!

Sociology Department
Roosevelt Hall, 210
1 University Drive
Orange, CA 92866

Department Chair
Christopher Bader, Ph.D.

Administrative Assistant 
Danielle Espiritu

Sociology Peer advisor