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Department of

Sociology

Major

Major Requirement (36 units)

Students majoring in sociology must satisfy the core curriculum requirements as set forth in this course catalog and complete all major requirements as presented in the following schedule:

Lower Division Required (15 units)
SOCI 101D Introduction to Sociology (3)
And two of the following three lower-division courses (six units):
SOCI 216D Contemporary Social Issues: Power and Inequality in Global Perspective (3)
SOCI 217D Contemporary Social Issues: Crime, Justice, Law and Society (3)
SOCI 218D Contemporary Social Issues: Community, Urbanization, and Culture (3)

plus:
SOC 225 Quantitative Methods (3)
and
SOC 326 Qualitative Methods (3)

Upper Division Required Courses (21 units)
Students should plan their upper-division courses in consultation with their major advisor. The courses will include:
SOCI 322 Sociological Theories (3) (required)
And 18 additional Upper-Division Units. At least 15 of the 21 Upper-Division Units must be taken at USD. No more than 6 non-USD units taken abroad will be accepted for credit toward the sociology major.

Upper Division Elective Courses (18 units)
In addition to the three units of upper-division required courses (SOCI 322), students will also take 18 additional upper-division units, 12 of which must be selected from the courses specifically listed under the student’s declared area concentration. Students are encouraged to select one of the three area concentrations outlined below and they should include the 200-level course that serves as an introductory pathway to the area concentration they have chosen (see SOCI 216D, 217D, and 218D). Students may also choose to have a generalist perspective in sociology rather than an area concentration, in which case they must select two courses from each of the three area concentrations.

Residency Requirement
At least 15 of the 21 Upper-Division Units must be taken at USD. No more than 6 non-USD units taken abroad will be accepted for credit toward the sociology major.

Undergraduate Bulletin Academic Regulations (Pass/Fail, Add/Drop, Grading, etc)


Major Requirements for Students Who Declared Sociology Before End of Spring 2010 Semester

If you declared your major BEFORE the end of the Spring 2010 semester, you will be guided by the requirements as outlined in the 2008-2010 Undergraduate Bulletin. They are outlined in this section.

Required Lower-Division Sociology Course (3 units)
SOCI 101 Introduction to Sociology

Required Sociology Statistics Course (3 units)
SOCI 325 Quantitative Methods [Fulfills SOCI 160 requirement. ]

Lower Division Sociology Elective (3 units)
One of the following three lower-division courses (3 units):
SOCI 216D Contemporary Social Issues: Power and Inequality in Global Perspective (3)
SOCI 217D Contemporary Social Issues: Crime, Justice, Law and Society (3)
SOCI 218D Contemporary Social Issues: Community, Urbanization, and Culture (3)

Required Upper-Division Methods Course (3 units)
SOCI 326 Qualitative Methods [Fulfills SOCI 324 requirement. ] (Spring semester only)

Required Upper-Division Theory Courses (3 units)
SOCI 322 Classical Sociological Theories (Fall semester only) OR
SOCI 323 Contemporary Sociological Theories (Fall semester only)

Upper Division Elective Courses (18 units)
18 additional upper-division units, 12 of which must be selected from the courses specifically listed under the students declared area concentration. Students who wish to have a generalist perspective in sociology rather than an area concentration must select two courses from each of the three area concentrations. (The concentrations are Power and Inequality; Community, Urbanization, and Culture; or Crime, Justice, Law and Society. See the concentrations page on the department website.)

Residency Requirement
At least 15 of the 24 upper-division units must be taken at USD. No more than 6 non-USD units taken abroad will be accepted for credit toward the Sociology major.

Relating New Courses to Old Requirements
You may have questions about how current courses fit into the requirements of the 2008-2010 bulletin. Here are some answers to the most common questions. The previous requirement of SOCI 110-Contemporary Social Issues is now fulfilled by SOCI 216D, 217D, or 218D. You should choose whether you take 216D, 217D, or 218D based upon your particular interest and what other courses you have taken. The previous requirement of SOCI 160-Social Statistics is now fulfilled by SOCI 325-Quantitative Methods. Because the new course, SOCI 325, is upper-division, it will count as 3 additional upper-division units towards the 48 upper-division units required for graduation. The previous requirement of SOCI 324-Methods of Social Research is now fulfilled by SOCI 326-Qualitative Methods.

Please Note: If you have already declared the Sociology major under the old Bulletin and you decide next year to change your field of concentration or to change from a minor to a major (or vice-versa), this change will automatically put you under the new 2010-2012 Undergraduate Bulletin.

Undergraduate Bulletin Academic Regulations (Pass/Fail, Add/Drop, Grading, etc)

The Social Science Teaching Credential

Students wishing to earn a Social Science Teaching Credential may do so while completing a major in Sociology. The specific requirements for the teaching credential differ from the general requirements of the Sociology major. Students interested in pursuing a Social Science Teaching Credential should consult the Bulletin for the Liberal Studies major.

*Disclaimer: If there are any inconsistencies between what is posted on our web page and the language and text in the official undergraduate bulletin, the bulletin will always prevail.