Sociology, B.A.


Department of Sociology

Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements Sociology Major

1. Major requirements (45 units)
Tier One Lower-Division: SOC 1 (or SOC 1S); SOC 3 (or SOC 3S) or SSCI 16 (6 units)
Tier Two Upper-Division: SOC 125 and 130W (or SOC 130WS ) (See Major Advising Note 2) (4-8 units)
Tier Three (Theory and Methods): SOC 151, SOC 152 or SOC 153, SOC 175, and SOC 176 (16 units)
Sociology Upper-Division electives (15-19 units)

2. General Education requirements (48 units)

3. Other requirements (9 units)
American Government and Institutions (PLSI 2), Multicultural and International (MI), and Upper-division writing 

4. Sufficient elective units to meet required total units (varies)

5. Total units (120)*

*For sociology majors, SOC 111 and SOC 142 will not double count towards MI Requirement and will need to take an MI course outside the Department of Sociology.

** G.E. courses can be double-counted with major requirements. This total indicates that 6 units of SOC 3 or SOC 3S in G.E. Foundation A3 and SOC 1 or SOC 1S in G.E. Breadth D2 may be applied to the sociology major. Consult the department chair, faculty advisor, or College Advising Center for additional details and guidance on electives.

Major Advising Notes

  1. Tier One Lower-Division courses — SOC 1/SOC 1S and SOC 3/SOC 3S or SSCI 16 — must be completed with a grade of C or better before enrollment in Tier Two Upper-Division courses.
  2. Tier Two Upper Division courses — SOC 125 and SOC 130W/WGSS — must be completed with a grade of C or better completed before enrollment in Tier Three courses, generally before the second semester of the junior year.
  3. Tier Three Theory and Methods Core — SOC 152 or SOC 153, SOC 151, SOC 175, and SOC 176 — must be completed with a 2.0 GPA.
  4. Upper-division electives may be taken in any sequence.
  5. CR/NC grading is not permitted in the sociology major, except for courses offered only under CR/NC grading.


All full-time faculty hold Ph.D.s and share a commitment to excellence in teaching. Their areas of special interest are diverse, including social change, deviance, women in society, social stratification, social psychology, social theory, and research methods. All are involved in the Center for the Study of Social Life in the San Joaquin Valley, which promotes scholarship and research with a regional focus. Most of the faculty are actively involved in research. Recent faculty research has included studies of opinions on women's issues, willingness to pay additional taxes, prayer, stereotypes and ethnic prejudice, and the social organization of sport.

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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

A Roadmap identifies the specific set of courses students must complete in their major in sequential order. Information on corequisites or prerequisites is listed along with other pertinent information to assist students in completing courses towards the major.

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Sociology is the scientific study of human social life. Sociologists seek to describe and explain patterns of human activity. Some sociologists study small groups, while others study organizations, institutions, or entire societies.

The findings from sociological research often challenge common-sense explanations. The practice of becoming a sociology student will challenge your thinking and increase your skills. Please consider joining us for the surprising study of social life!

The Sociology Department currently offers a B.A., minor degree, and two certificates: 1) the Humanics Certificate in Administration and Leadership for Community Benefit Organizations (CBOs); and 2) the Certificate in Applied Sociological Research.


Humanics is a certificate program offering students specialized training in administration and leadership for community benefit organizations (CBOs). The Humanics program works with hundreds of CBOs in the region to prepare leaders for service to humanity.

Applied Sociological Research

Those students interested in earning a Certificate in Applied Sociological Research complete 12 units of special study to gain skills in behavioral statistics (SOC125), quantitative and qualitative research methods (SOC 175 & 176), learn program software used in computer data analysis (SOC174), and may present their research at an undergraduate research conference. The opportunity to gain practical research experience by working closely with faculty adds a special dimension to the Sociology Department and assists our students as they enter professional lives after graduation or seek graduate study in a field of their choice (including sociology, social work, counseling, criminology, public administration, public health, and business).

What You Can Do

Students trained in sociology at California State University, Fresno have entered a wide variety of occupations. A few have become professional sociologists. While most professional sociologists teach at colleges and universities, an increasing number hold research, administration, or policy positions in a variety of settings. Many students have used sociology as a preparation for law or other professions such as social work, counseling, public health, library science, criminology, and public administration. Students who begin work immediately after completing a bachelor's degree in sociology usually enter careers in human services, administration/management in public or private agencies, or research in a variety of organizations.

Interesting Classes You Might Take

  • Critical Thinking About Society
  • Sociology of Popular Culture
  • Medical Sociology
  • Sociology of Religion

What You Can Learn

  • Causes of the growth and decline of social organizations
  • Interdisciplinary social science methods for approaching local and national social problems.
  • Dominant and minority group relations historically, cross-culturally, and in contemporary American society
  • Theory and practice in basic skills of critical thinking and sociological analysis

About the College

The College of Social Sciences studies the human experience, including the depth of the past and the breadth of the entire planet.

We place emphasis on learning practical skills to aid you in your career. Our students do internships, participate in archaeological digs, or do service-learning projects with a non-profit agency. Students can assist on research projects or organize a social change project.

Whatever a student's major, they enjoy our witty and talented faculty and our caring staff as they discover our social world.

College Contact Information

Phone: (559) 278-3013
FAX: (559) 278-7664

5340 N. Campus Drive MS/SS91
Fresno CA 93740-8019

Department Contact Information

Department of Sociology 
5340 N. Campus Dr. - Mailstop SS97 
Fresno, CA 93740

Fax: 559.278.6468