Sociology  {SF State Bulletin 2013 - 2014}

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Sociology

College of Health and Social Sciences

Dean: Don Taylor

 

Department of Sociology

HSS 370
415-338-1466
Chair: Edward McCaughan

 

Faculty

Professors: Barbosa, Dumont, LeBlanc, McCaughan, Wiley
Associate Professors: Bettinger, Carrington, Clay, Fields, Hossfeld, Martinez, Sears

 

Programs

B.A. in Sociology

Minor in Human Sexuality Studies

Minor in Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Studies

Minor in Sociology

Master of Arts in Human Sexuality Studies

 


 

Program Scope

Sociology examines the social aspects and dimensions of most everything human beings do in the realm of politics, economics, culture, technology, relationships, and identity. Studying sociology provides students critical and reflexive perspectives with which to understand the world. It pushes students to develop the analytical, research, and compositional skills necessary to investigate, understand, analyze, explain, and improve the world around them. Courses cover a broad range of topics including: the study of individuals as social actors; the analysis of social processes such as social interaction and deviance and conformity; the study of institutions such as law, family, media, popular culture, medicine, education, and religion; and the investigation of the social organization of entire societies in the global context. The department offers a variety of courses of interest to non-majors as well as to majors.

 

Career Outlook

Upon completion of a B.A. in Sociology, students can continue their education with graduate work in either sociology or in some related field such as social work, public administration, or law. For students who choose to pursue employment with their bachelor's degree, sociology provides an excellent liberal arts foundation for a range of career paths that utilize their sociological insights as well as the conceptual and methodological skills they have acquired. Training in sociology can open a variety of doors in human services and in business. Those who enter human services may work with youths at risk, the elderly, or people experiencing problems related to poverty, substance abuse, or the justice system. Some find employment in agencies that work for social change including various organizations concerned with human rights issues or the environment. Sociology majors who enter the business world work in sales, marketing, customer relations, or human resources.

 

In addition, the sociology major has a competitive advantage in today's information society. The solid base received in research design, data analysis, statistics, and sociological concepts enables them to compete for support positions in research, social planning, policy analysis, program evaluation, and other social science endeavors.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Students who wish to change their major to Sociology must first pass at least one sociology course with a grade of C or better.

 

All courses numbered 300 and above require upper-division standing and completion of Segment I G.E. requirements including ENG 214 or equivalent. SOC 370, SOC 371 and SOC 392 require passing SOC 300 GW. Students are allowed to take one course toward the major as credit/no credit (CR/NC). This course cannot be used as one of the Required Courses or to satisfy Areas 1 and 2. Students are also allowed to count 3-4 upper-division units outside sociology toward the major upon approval of a departmental advisor. A total of 12 lower-division units, including SOC 105, SOC 110, SOC 200, SOC 245 and those courses taken at community colleges, automatically apply toward the 23-24 units of electives required for the degree. A total of 30 Sociology units must be upper-division. University regulation requires 12 units toward the major must be completed in residence.

 

Please note that the department strongly encourages students to meet with an advisor early during their first semester at SF State regardless of academic rank. All students are required to have met with a sociology advisor at least once by the time they have completed SOC 300 GW.

 

 

Courses are 3 units unless otherwise indicated. On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology Required Courses

Course Title Units
SOC 300 GW Sociological Analysis - GWAR (SOC 300 GW is a prerequisite for all other required courses in the major) 4
SOC 370
    or
SOC 371
Classical Theories of Society
 
Contemporary Theories of Society
4
(Passing SOC 370 or SOC 371 is a prerequisite for SOC 392, SOC 500 and SOC 501/502)
SOC 392 Introduction to Research Methods 4
(Passing SOC 392 is a prerequisite for SOC 393. SOC 394, SOC 500 and SOC 501/502)
SOC 393
    or
SOC 394
Quantitative Analysis of Social Data
 
Sociological Field Methods
4
SOC 500
    or
SOC 501
 and
SOC 502
Senior Seminar
 
Internship: Applied Sociology (2)
 
Internship Seminar: Applied Sociology (1)
3

Total Required Courses: 19 units

Electives

Course Title Units
In fulfilling the elective requirements students must complete at least one course from each of the following two areas* 23-24
Area 1: Inequalities in the United States
SOC 272 Social Inequality: Poverty Wealth, and Privilege (4)  
SOC 330/
RRS 330 
Comparative Race and Ethnicity in the US: Class Gender, and Nation
SOC 362 The Social Construction of Deviance and Conformity (4)
SOC 400/
SXS 400/
PSY 450 
Variations in Human Sexuality
SOC 455 Punishment and Social Control
SOC 467/
SXS 667 
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Cultures and Society (4)
SOC 468 Social Aspects of Human Sexuality (4)
SOC 469 Gender and Society (4)
SOC 490 Sociology of Popular Culture (4)
SOC 491 Ancestors or Data?:
Culture, Conflict and NAGPRA (3)
Area 2: Global Inequalities
SOC 461 Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons (4)  
SOC 471 Societal Change and Development (4)
SOC 477 Environmental Sociology
SOC 480 City in a Global Society (4)
SOC 481 Sociology of Brazil
SOC 482 Global Immigration and Immigrants
SOC 483 Global Sociology (4)
SOC 484 Population and Social Dynamics (4)
SOC 645 Identities, Inequalities and Struggles in Latin America
*The remaining units may include additional courses from these areas, 3 - 4 upper-division units outside sociology upon approval of a sociology advisor and any other course with a sociology prefix including SOC 105, SOC 110, SOC 200, SOC 245 and courses taken at other institutions.

Total Electives: 23 - 24 units

Total for Major: 42 - 43 units

 

Note: A minimum of 40 upper division units must be completed for the degree (including upper division units required for the major, general education, electives, etc.). A student can complete this major yet not attain the necessary number of upper division units required for graduation. In this case additional upper division courses will be needed to reach the required total.

 

The department strongly encourages students interested in pursuing an MA or PhD in sociology to take both SOC 370 and SOC 371 and all three methods courses (SOC 392, SOC 393, and SOC 394).

 

Minor in Sociology

At least half the units making up the minor (12 units) must be taken in residence and at least half must be upper division. Students must be assigned letter grades for all courses taken toward the minor.

 

On-line course descriptions are available.

 

Minor in Sociology Required Courses

Course Title Units
SOC 300 GW Sociological Analysis - GWAR (SOC 300 GW is a prerequisite for all other required courses in the minor) 4
SOC 370
   or
SOC 371
Classical Theories of Society
 
Contemporary Theories of Society
4
(Passing SOC 370 or SOC 371 is a prerequisite for SOC 392)
SOC 392 Introduction to Research Methods 4

Total Required Courses: 12 units

Electives

Course Title Units
Select one course from either of the following two areas*: 6-8
Area 1: Inequalities in the United States
SOC 272 Social Inequality: Poverty Wealth, and Privilege (4)  
SOC 330/
RRS 330
Comparative Race and Ethnicity in the US: Class Gender, and Nation
SOC 362 The Social Construction of Deviance and Conformity (4)
SOC 400/
SXS 400/
PSY 450
Variations in Human Sexuality
SOC 455 Punishment and Social Control
SOC 467/
SXS 667
Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Cultures and Society (4)
SOC 468 Social Aspects of Human Sexuality (4)
SOC 469 Gender and Society (4)
SOC 490 Sociology of Popular Culture (4)
SOC 491 Ancestors or Data?:
Culture, Conflict and NAGPRA (3)
Area 2: Global Inequalities
SOC 461 Ethnic Relations: International Comparisons (4)  
SOC 471 Societal Change and Development (4)
SOC 477 Environmental Sociology (4)
SOC 480 City in a Global Society (4)
SOC 481 Sociology of Brazil
SOC 482 Global Immigration and Immigrants
SOC 483 Global Sociology (4)
SOC 484 Population and Social Dynamics (4)
SOC 645 Identities, Inequalities & Struggles in Latin America
*The remaining units toward the 18-20 units may include additional courses from these areas or any other course with a sociology prefix including SOC 105, SOC 110, SOC 200, SOC 245 and courses taken at other institutions.

Total for Minor: 18 - 20 units

 

 

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