Sociology-GSWS Joint Major

Note: the Sociology-GSWS Joint Major requirements have changed as of Fall 2016. If you declared your joint major prior to Sept. 1, 2016, you will complete your program based on our previous requirements, which can be viewed here. If you have not yet declared your major, you will need to complete the requirements as listed below.

This page will explain only the Sociology side of the joint major requirements. You must consult the calendar and/or the GSWS department for the GSWS side of the joint major.  You must be able to ready to declare both sides in order to declare the joint major.

In order to declare the Sociology side of the joint major, you must have completed or be enrolled in the last of the lower division requirements, and your SA GPA must be 2.0 or above.

The lower division requirements (18 units*) are:

SA 101-4 Introduction to Anthropology
SA 150-4 Introduction to Sociology
SA 250-4 Introduction to Sociological Theory
SA 255-4 Introduction to Social Research Methods (Q)
SA 257-4 Understanding Quantitative Research in Sociology and Anthropology (Q)**

** SA 257 is a new course which replaces STAT 203 as of Fall 2016. If you completed STAT 203 (or an accepted alternative) prior to the Fall 2016 term, please contact an advisor for a pre-requisite waiver.

* If you are 3 or more units short, you will need to take another lower division SA course in order to declare.

Once you are declared in an SA program, you will have priority enrollment access to upper division courses.

The upper division requirements (20 units*) are:

SA 350-4 Classical Sociological Thought
SA 355-4 Quantiative Methods**
Three upper division SA electives, all of which must be S-designated. You can see the SA courses listed by designation here.

*If you are short 3 or more units, you will need to take an additional upper division SA course.


No more than 4 units in Directed Readings may be used towards completion of this program.

No more than 15 upper division units transferred from another institution may be used towards fulfilling these requirements.

Your SA GPA and UD GPA must be 2.0 or higher for admission to and completion of this program.