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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
The Bachelor program will enhance students’ analytical abilities and understanding of social phenomena. The B.A. has three options: General Option, Law and Society Option, and Inequalities and Diversity Option. These are designed to provide a solid theoretical and methodological foundation.
Common Core - General and Law and Society Options
Our introductory course (SOC 20l, Principles of Sociology) provides an introduction and overview of the field. It is is required for all majors and minors. It lays the groundwork for further education in the discipline.
Statistics and Methods Sequence
Sociology has “content” and a discipline that includes its own methodology as part of its content. Thus, an introduction to sociology does not stop with the conceptual overview provided in SOC 201. Majors also need an introduction tothe fundamental methodology. This is accomplished through our undergraduate methodology sequence, which includes SOC 210A, SOC 210B, and SOC 390. SOC 210A and SOC 210B. Together they form an introductory statistics sequence and laboratory experience providing an introduction to quantitative description and reasoning. This sequence familiarizes majors with data analysis techniques and the presentation of data. SOC 390, an introduction to sociological research methods, familiarizes students with surveys, interviews, field studies, experiments, and participant-observation studies. These are the general formats for the conduct of sociological research, likely to be assigned in the higher level substantive courses. With the background of SOC 201, SOC 210A, SOC 210B, and SOC 390, soc majors no longer need to “skip the tables and charts” when reading research articles. Students will be able to understand how a sociological result was arrived at and how to produce a thoughtful critique of a researcher’s findings. They will also be able to design and execute a simple study and perform elementary statistical analysis of the results. In SOC 301, the student will practice the conventions of sociological writing. With these, sociology majors will begin to understand the breadth and procedures of the discipline.
upper division theory courses (SOC 412
414) are part of our required
core. These courses provide the general conceptual frameworks of the
discipline, from its inception to the present time. These two
courses provide the formal core of sociological approaches and
to the required
courses, sociology majors in the
general option must select 40 units of upper division electives.
Students with a variety of interests, academic levels, and aspirations
may meet their needs by pursuing an appropriately chosen set of
electives within the framework of our flexible major. For
these upper division elective units, students may choose from among any
400-level sociology classes or from among the following 300-level
300, Soc 322,
323, Soc 331,
348, and Soc 383.
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.
The Law and Society explores a broad range of critical social and scientific issues concerning law and legal institutions from a sociological perspective. It prepares students for a 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
Law and Society students are required to take the upper-division Sociology of Law class (SOC 488).
Law and Society Electives
The Law and Society Option also includes 16 units of Law and Society electives. For these units, students choose from among these 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.
For the remaining 20 upper division elective units, students choose from among any of 400-level sociology class or from among these 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. Students may alsoelect 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.
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 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 other questions about the major program, consult our advisers or the following link: Rules Reminders for Sociology Majors
Answers to frequently asked questions can be found on the Advisement link.Degree Roadmaps The department has "roadmaps" for students. Roadmaps list courses that need to be taken each quarter in order for a student to complete the degree in a timely fashion. These roadmaps are 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 and roadmaps for students pursuing their degree as full-time students and part-time students. Online Courses
The Sociology Department offers three undergraduate courses with some sections that are 100% on line. 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 enroll in the course through GET, you register for the course online and visit the course WebCT site on the first day of the term. There you will access the syllabus, instructions, and deadlines for the class. To use WebCT:
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