IMPORTANT NOTE

The requirements below apply to those students with a 2023-2024 catalog year. Students are required by college policy to follow the major (and minor) requirements found in the catalog in effect at the time they declared their first major. To find your catalog year, please visit your Grades and Academic Records found in myOxy and access the catalog that matches your catalog year.

Students interested in the Sociology major should take SOC 101, SOC 102, or SOC 105 during their first year. These courses serve as prerequisites for most 200-level and above courses in the major. Students typically take SOC 200 or SOC 205 during their sophomore year, as well as SOC 304. Sociology students are encouraged to consider studying abroad for a semester. The ideal plan ensures that students study abroad, have taken at least two Sociology electives, and have taken the following courses prior to senior year: SOC 101 (please add: SOC 102 or SOC 105; SOC 200 or SOC 205; SOC 304; and SOC 305, SOC 306, or SOC 310. Up to two courses taken in Sociology departments while abroad count towards the major electives.

Placement Information

No placement exams are specifically required for the Sociology major.

Sample 4-Year Plan


Fall

Spring

Year 1

  • Fall FYS course

  • Select one: SOC 101, SOC 102, or SOC 105

  • Core Requirement (4 units)

  • Core Requirement (4 units)

  • Spring FYS course

  • SOC elective or SOC 200 or SOC 205

  • Core Requirement (4 units)

  • Core Requirement (4 units)

Year 2

  • SOC elective or SOC 200 or SOC 205

  • Core Requirement (4 units)

  • Core Requirement (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • SOC 304

  • SOC elective

  • Core Requirement (4 units)

  • Core Requirement (4 units)

Year 3

  • Research Methods

  • SOC Elective

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

Study abroad semester


Year 4

  • SOC 490 (Senior Seminar)

  • SOC Elective

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • SOC Elective

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

  • General Elective (4 units)

Curricular Nores

  • SOC 101, SOC 102, or SOC 105 serve as prerequisites for most other SOC courses.

Internships

The department, in concert with the Hameetman Career Center, keeps files on available internships in law, criminal justice, and various social and community agencies.

Transfer Credit Policies

The Sociology Department may accept online courses to count toward the major or the minor.

While there is not an AP or IB examination in Sociology, a qualifying A-level examination score on any of the three, post-2017 Sociology examinations will be considered equivalent to completing SOC 101 or SOC 102. Students will earn four units of credit for each qualifying examination score. Up to eight units may be applied toward the major and up to four units may be applied toward the minor.

Students may apply up to two courses (eight units of credit) in transfer toward the major or one course (four units) in transfer toward the minor.

Students should reference the Transfer Credit section for more details.

Contact Sociology