Old Sociology Major Requirements

For students who declare the sociology major by the end of fall semester, December 18, 2009. See the *New* Sociology Major Requirements, effective Spring 2010 and thereafter.

In addition to degree requirements established by the College of Letters and Sciences, you must also fulfill requirements towards a specified major. There are 12 courses required in the sociology major, totaling between 49-53 units. All courses taken to fulfill major requirements must be sociology courses (with the exception of statistics or logic). Courses from other departments cannot be used to fulfill major requirements. Students must maintain a minimum 2.0 grade point average in the major. All sociology courses must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of statistics or logic, which may be taken P/NP. Sociology 5, 101A, and 101B must be passed with a C- or better. The 12 sociology major requirements are divided into the following categories:

3 Prerequisites - Sociology 1, 5, and statistics or logic

2 Theory courses - Sociology 101A and 101B

3 Core sociology courses

3 Elective sociology courses

1 Seminar in sociology

Please review the details of these requirements:

Sociology Prerequisites - In preparation for the major, students are required to take the following three prerequisites:

1) Introduction to Sociology (UCB Sociology 1) - This is an introductory course covering the basic principles and concepts in sociology. Students planning to major in sociology should take UCB Sociology 1 or an equivalent transfer course. If a student has taken two or more upper division sociology courses without completing Sociology 1 first, or has already taken Sociology 3 or 3AC, they should not take Sociology 1. Instead they are required to take an additional core course as a substitute for this prerequisite, to be completed sometime before graduation (see list of core courses below).

2) Evaluation of Evidence (UCB Sociology 5) - This is a course on the critical examination of research methods and procedures and how evidence supports or contradicts sociological theories. This course must be passed with a grade of C- or better.

3) Introductory Statistics or Logic - Any introductory course in basic statistics or logic (or critical thinking) will satisfy this prerequisite. Though all students have the option to take logic for this requirement, a statistics course is highly recommended. At UCB these courses may include Sociology 7, Statistics 2, 2X, 5, 20, 21, 131A, or Psychology 101. UCB Philosophy 12A or 14A will satisfy the logic requirement. This course may be taken for a letter grade or Pass/No Pass. A score of 4 or 5 on the A.P. Statistics Exam will also satisfy the Statistics/Logic requirement. Please bring a copy of your score report with you when you come in to declare.

Sociology Theory - A two-semester sequence course in theory is required, Sociology 101A and 101B (now 101 and 102), each course is 5 units. Sociology 101 (formerly 101A) is only offered during the fall semester and is a prerequisite for 102 (formerly 101B).  Sociology 102 is only offered in the spring semester and should be taken in the semester immediately following 101.  It is recommended that these courses be taken in the junior year, if possible, for they provide an important foundation for further studies in sociology. Both courses must be passed with a C- or better.

Sociology Core Courses - Sociology majors are required to take three courses from the following list of sociology "Core" courses. Students may take these courses under the new number, if there is a change SP10:

110 Organizations and Institutions (now Organizations and Social Institutions)

111 Sociology of the Family

112 or C112 Sociology of Religion

113 Sociology of Education

115 (now 152) Deviance and Social Control

116 or L&S 116 Sociology of Work

125 (now 136) or 125 AC Urban Sociology

130 Social Stratification (now Social Inequalities)

131A (now 131) or 131AC Race and Ethnic Relations: U.S.

131B (now 182) Race and Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons

133 Sociology of Gender

140 Political Sociology (now Politics and Social Change)

141 Social Movements and Political Action

150 150A or 150B Social Psychology

160 Sociology of Culture

170 (now 145) or 170AC (now 145AC) Social Change

171 (now 181) Historical Sociology 172 (now 127) or L&S 150A Development and Globalization

Sociology Electives - Sociology majors are required to take three additional upper division courses in sociology (courses numbered between 101C-196W or graduate sociology courses). Courses taken from the Core list or sociology seminars in excess of those required will also satisfy this requirement. Independent study courses or courses outside the department will not satisfy this requirement.

Sociology Seminar - Sociology majors are required to take at least one seminar course in sociology: Sociology 190, H190B, 101C (now 103), 106, 107B, or a graduate sociology seminar (subject to approval - see Undergraduate Advisor). Most students take Sociology 190 for this requirement. Each semester there are approximately 5-8 different Sociology 190 seminars to choose from, each focusing on a different topic. These courses are small, limited to 25 students, and emphasize class participation and discussion. There are special enrollment procedures for the 190 seminars. You cannot pre-enroll for Soc 190 seminars during TeleBEARS Phase I and II. To enroll you must complete the Sociology 190 Enrollment Form online, and add your name to the TeleBEARS waitlist for the seminar you want in Phase II. For more instructions select the "Special Enrollment Procedures for Particular Sociology Courses" menu option. Graduating sociology majors who have not completed their seminar requirement are given priority for enrollment. You should not necessarily wait until your last semester to take a seminar. It is recommended that you try to take it whenever you find a topic that interests you. We sometimes offer one Sociology 190 seminar in summer session.