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BA in Sociology

Delve into the study of humans and their experiences in society with your Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from the Golden State College. Focus on their identifying groups (race, gender, sexuality, etc.) and the unique issues they can face in society such as: discrimination, inequality, equity and access, when interacting with social policy, institutions, workplaces and communities. Throughout your sociology degree, you will develop a deep appreciation for cultural and social diversity.


Your Bachelor of Arts in Sociology will provide you with the ability to defend knowledge of human identifying groups and their societal problems using varied social research perspectives. Sociology majors study social theory and social structures, research methods and the making and implementation of social policy. You will study the diversity of society, the cause of social issues, how to provide solutions, and how advocates influence positive social change in communities and through social policy. Upon completion of your degree in sociology, you will be able to:


Defend knowledge of foundational sociological concepts; specifically, concepts of diversity, social responsibility, human rights, and dignity and respect for others in society

Assess a variety of classical and contemporary sociological theoretical perspectives

Evaluate research methodologies within the sociological context

Critically evaluate sociological issues

Apply sociological tools to impact societal issues


Summary of Degree Units


University Graduation Requirements    41

Major Preparation    3-4

Major Requirements    48

University Electives    27-28

Total    120


University Requirements for Graduation


Students must complete all residency, curriculum, unit, and GPA requirements as outlined in the Undergraduate Graduation Requirements section of the Policies and Procedures.


The 4-Year Roadmap is available online. Roadmaps should be used in consultation with the catalog and your advisor to identify additional requirements for completing the major (for example, course grade minimums). Associate Degrees (ADT) Pathways are also available online.

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