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The primary purpose of the
Bachelor program is to enhance students’ analytical abilities and
understanding of social phenomena. The B.A. in Sociology - General
Option, the B.A. in Sociology - Law and Society Option, and the B.A.
in Sociology - Inequalities and Diversity Option are
designed to provide students with a solid theoretical and methodological

Major Program Worksheets

Information on Law and Society

Information on Program in Inequalities and Diversity


Online Courses

The Sociology Department offers three undergraduate courses with
some sections that are 100% on line: SOC 120 Intimate Relationships
(diversity and GE Block E); SOC 202 Society and Individual
Development (diversity and Block E); and SOC 331 (General Option SOC
BA Major and Minor Program electives). Any of these three courses
may also be taken as free elective undergraduate (non program)

The schedule of classes will indicate whether online sections are
being offered for these courses. There are no classroom meetings for
these courses.

Once you have enrolled in the course through get, you need to
register for the course online and visit the course WebCT site on the
first day of the term to access the syllabus and
instructions/deadlines for the class. To use WebCT courses, do the

You will need a 1-time registration. To do this, go to WebCT
Learning Entry Page

click Student. On the left-side menu click Create WebCT ID and follow
their directions.

With your WebCT ID, go back to the Learning Entry Page and click
Student On left-side menu, click Course List Choose correct “view by”
option on pull-down menu; click Update Scroll down to you class (SOC
120 or SOC 202 or SOC 331, for example) and click on the pencil icon
to “register” to use the WebCT part of the course. FROM THEN ON Just
go to WebCT Student Home Page:


and click WebCT Login on left-side menu. Your WebCT ID also works as
an email address just for the WebCT class site. I check it at least
twice a day M-TH. -Difficulty opening or downloading the pdf files? Go
to the Learning Entry Page. Choose Browser Check at top of the page.
On right-side menu, click Plug-Ins then scroll way down to select

Trouble? Go to WebCT Student Home Page:


and click Online Help Form and follow the directions – someone will
contact you with answers.

Requirements for B.A. in Sociology

Common Core - General and Law and Society Options

An introduction and overview of the field is provided
by our introductory course (SOC
, Principles of Sociology), which is required for all majors
and minors. It establishes a common core and lays the groundwork for
further education in the discipline.

Statistics and Methods Sequence

Sociology is not just a discipline of 
“content” but a discipline that
includes its own methodology as part of its content. So an introduction
to sociology does not stop with the conceptual overview provided in
SOC 201. For majors,
it is necessary to introduce the fundamental methodology as well.
This is done through our undergraduate methodology sequence, which
includes SOC 210A,
SOC 210B, and
. SOC 210A
and SOC 210B form
an introductory statistics sequence, with concomitant laboratory experience
providing an introduction to quantitative description and reasoning.
This sequence familiarizes majors with data analysis techniques and
presentation of data.  SOC
, an introductory course in sociological research methods,
is designed to familiarize students with surveys, interviews, field
studies, experiments, and participant-observation studies - the general
formats for the conduct of sociological research - that they are likely
to be assigned in the higher level substantive courses. With the background
of SOC 201,
SOC 210A,
, and SOC 390,
new sociology majors no longer need to “skip the tables and charts”
when reading a sociological research article. Students should be able
to understand how a sociological result was arrived at and, in turn,
produce a thoughtful critique of a researcher’s findings. They should
also be able to design and execute a simple study and perform some
elementary statistical analysis of the results. In
, the student will practice the conventions of sociological
writing. Having satisfied the lower division requirements for the
major, sociology majors will begin to understand the breadth and procedures
of the discipline.

Theory Sequence

Two upper division theory courses (SOC
and SOC 414) are also
part of our required core. These courses provide the general
conceptual frameworks of the discipline, from its inception to the
present time, that unite all sociological inquiry. This curriculum
presents the formats of sociological analysis, specific applications
of which may generate the content of substantive specializations that
make up the stock and trade of the discipline. These two courses
provide the formal core of sociological knowledge.

Remaining Requirements - General Option

In addition to the courses mentioned above, sociology majors
in the general option must
select 40 units of upper division electives. Students with a variety
of interests, academic levels, and future aspirations may meet their
needs by pursuing an appropriately chosen set of electives within
the framework of our highly flexible major.  For these upper
division elective units, students may choose from among any of our
400-level sociology classes or from among the following 300-level
classes: Soc 300,
Soc 322,
Soc 323,
Soc 331,
Soc 348, and
Soc 383.

Our major allows work in other related departments, which is one area of flexibility
in our major. Students may take up to 8 units of electives outside
the Department, in related fields, with the permission of the undergraduate
adviser. Some work outside the Department is thought appropriate,
because of the intimate intellectual ties between Sociology and other
disciplines such as History, Political Science, Anthropology,
Psychology, Criminal Justice, and ethnic/area studies programs (e.g., Chicano
Studies, Pan African
Studies, Latin
American Studies, and Asian and Asian American Studies). Furthermore,
this latitude allows us to accommodate, when appropriate, students
who have diverse backgrounds or who need to acquire certain competencies
that our Department provides. Students may also include up to 8 units
of internship experience (SOC 398)
or independent study (SOC 499) as electives in their programs. Internship
units are job-related and sociologically relevant.
information on internships can be found through the
Internships link..

Students should track their own progress in
completing the Sociology Major
Program - General Option
.  This is a pdf file and will
require Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to view the file.  Free
copies of Adobe Reader can be downloaded from the Adobe

Remaining Requirements - Law and Society Option

The Department has recently added another option in Law and
Society for our majors.  The Law and Society Option explores a
broad range of critical social and scientific issues concerning law
and legal institutions from a sociological perspective. It prepares
students for a wide variety of careers and professional programs and
informs them about how social forces influence the legal system and
how the law affects society. It is designed for students who wish to
pursue advanced study in areas such as sociology, law, graduate law
and society programs, public health, social welfare, education, and
business administration; those who want to do applied research on
law-related issues; and those who wish to gain a sociological
understanding of law and society before seeking careers in health
professions, criminal justice, social work, politics, public policy
or policy analysis, public administration, urban and environmental
planning, counseling, and other service occupations.

Additional Core Course

In addition to the basic required courses mentioned above for the
General Option, Law and Society students are also required to take  the upper-division Sociology
of Law class (SOC 488). 

Law and Society Electives

Additionally, the Law and Society Option includes 16 units of Law
and Society electives.  For these units, students must choose
from among the following courses:

SOC 383 -
Violence in
American Society;

SOC 426 -

SOC 433 -
Bioethics and

SOC 449 -
in Society;
SOC 480   -

SOC 481 -

SOC 482 -

SOC 484 -

SOC 485 -
Conflict and
Domestic Violence;

SOC 486 -
Probation and

SOC 487 -
Policy, Law, and Society;

SOC 489 -
Considerations for Jury Consultants.

Additional Electives

For the remaining 20 upper division elective
units, students may choose from among any of our 400-level sociology
classes or from among the following 300-level classes: Soc 300,
Soc 322,
Soc 323,
Soc 331,
Soc 348, and
Soc 383.  As with the general
option, students may select up to 8 units of upper-division courses
in other departments (with adviser approval).  Additionally,
students may elect to complete up to 8 units of independent study or
internship experience.

The Directed Study course (SOC
) allows students to expand on their special interests in Law
and Society.  A Directed Study is usually in an area that the
Department’s normal course offerings do not cover.  Students meet
regularly with their faculty supervisor and earn 1 to 4 units of
credit — and up to 8 units if the course is repeated.  Individual
research projects may involve library or field research.

Students can earn up to 4 units per quarter for a maximum of 8 units
in a directed internship program (SOC
) by arranging a work agreement with an approved agency (such
as a government agency, business, or citizen group) and the internship
coordinator the quarter before enrolling in the course.
and Society fieldwork and internships add depth to students'
intellectual studies and provide valuable community experience that
will help students pursue advanced studies and careers.  The Sociology
Department has developed internships that are of special value to Law
and Society students, such as placements with the Child Advocates
Office of L.A. Superior Court, the Direct Action Response Team (DART)
Program of the Hollywood and Southwest Divisions of the L.A.P.D., and
the Superior Court Judicial Internships.  The rich array of law and
other graduate and professional schools, government agencies, and
employing organizations in the L.A. area provides many types of jobs
and internships in which students can apply their new skills. 
See the internship coordinator for specific prerequisites, list of
approved agencies, workload agreement, and other program details.


addition, the Honors Program in the Law and Society Option gives
students an opportunity to engage in sustained original research under
the supervision of the Law and Society faculty in Sociology.

 During their final undergraduate year, students enroll in
SOC 496, conduct an independent
research project under the supervision of a faculty member in the
Sociology Department, and write a Senior Honors Thesis.  Students who
complete the Honors Program graduate with Distinction in the Law and
Society Option.  Eligibility criteria are:  a Law and Society Option
student with senior class standing, minimum of 3.5 grade point
average (in the major or in overall CSULA coursework), and completion of specific courses required for the major and
Law and Society Option (SOC 201, SOC 488, at least four upper division
courses in the Sociology major, and at least two additional upper
division courses in the Law and Society Option).  Diplomas and
transcripts of honors program graduates are designated “Graduated with
Departmental Honors in the Law and Society Option in Sociology.”   

For answers to additional questions about the major program,
consult our advisers or the following link:

Rules Reminders for
Sociology Majors

Answers to some frequently asked advisement questions can be
found on the

Sociology Advisement

Degree Roadmaps
The department has produced "roadmaps" for students which list
courses that need to be taken each quarter in order for a student
to complete their degree in a timely fashion.  These roadmaps are now available for students who will be
completing all of their coursework at CSULA (starting as
first-year college students) as well as for transfer students.  Different
roadmaps are also available for students pursuing their degree as
full-time students and part-time students. 



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