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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 foundation.

Major Program Worksheets

Information on Law and Society Program

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) units.

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 following:

You will need a 1-time registration. To do this, go to WebCT Learning Entry Page /sites/default/files/academic/aa/ess/webct/ and 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: /academic/aa/ess/webct/student.htm 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 Adobe

Trouble? Go to WebCT Student Home Page: /academic/aa/ess/webct/student.htm 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 20l, 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 390. 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 390, 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, SOC 210B, 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 SOC 301, 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 412 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.
  More 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 website.

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 - Deviant Behavior; SOC 433 - Bioethics and Sociology; SOC 449 - Professionals in Society; SOC 480   - Criminology; SOC 481 - Policing America; SOC 482 - Juvenile Delinquency; SOC 484 - Corrections; SOC 485 - Conflict and Domestic Violence; SOC 486 - Probation and Parole; SOC 487 - Environmental Policy, Law, and Society; SOC 489 - Sociological 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 499) 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 398) 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. Law 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.

Honors Program

In 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 link.

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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