Bachelor of Arts in Sociology at College of the Canyons

Located on the College of the Canyons campus, the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology emphasizes the systematic study of human behavior in social groups. It focuses on how people coordinate their activities to achieve both individual and collective goals. Sociology places primary importance on the social group within the larger society and seeks to explain the broad range of human behavior as it is influenced by the social context. Thus, Sociology studies the major issues of our times and seeks to understand their complexity and predict their future. It investigates how patterns of social activity originate, what sustains them, why they take one form rather than another, and how they change.

Career opportunities for Sociology majors abound. Graduates find successful careers as counselors, social workers, family planners, teachers, marketing professionals, law enforcement professionals, consumer researchers, realtors - the list goes on!

Students complete the equivalent of 2 years of lower division coursework at a community college prior to applying for admission to CSUB. Transfer courses will include all lower division general education requirements. Sixty transferable semester units or ninety quarter units are required for admission to CSUB.

Application Deadline

The priority application deadline for Summer 2017 admission is May 5, 2017. The regular deadline is June 16, 2017.  See the admissions requirements and the downloadable application for more details.

Admission Requirements

  • 60 transferable units from an accredited college
  • Area A and B4 of general education requirements completed (it is advised that all lower division general education be completed prior to admission to ensure timely program completion)
  • 2.0 GPA in all college coursework
  • Completed CSUB Extended University Undergraduate application
  • One official transcript from each college attended. Digital transcripts are not accepted. Hard copy transcripts are required.
  • $75 application fee

Degree Requirements

Lower Division General Education
Students complete the equivalent of 2 years of lower division coursework at a community college prior to applying for admission to CSUB.  Transfer courses will include all lower division general education requirements.  Sixty transferable semester units or ninety quarter units are required for admission to CSUB. 

The Sociology department provides a diversified major and satisfies all of the following requirements:  General Education, American Institutions, Upper Division Writing Competency, and Gender/Racy/Ethnicity Studies

Lower Division Major Coursework
SOCI 101  Introduction to Sociology (COC)
SOCI 135  Statistics for the Social and Behavioral Sciences (COC) or
MATH 140  Introductory Statistics (COC)

Upper Division Major Coursework
SOC 300  Introduction to Research Methods   
SOC 452  Techniques of Demographic Analysis
SOC 301  Classical Sociological Theory
SOC 302  Contemporary Sociological Theory
SOC 327  Race and Ethnic Relations
SOC 440  Quantitative Analysis
SOC 352  Sex, the Life Course, and Human Population
SOC 450  Globalization and Social Change
SOC 312  Social Psychology
SOC 490  Senior Seminar in Sociology

Upper Division General Education
Theme 1:  Natural Sciences and Technology
Theme 2:  Arts and Humanities
Theme 3:  Social and Behavioral Sciences
Gender, Race, and Ethnicity 

Minor Requirement
Students will complete a minor in Communications



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Upcoming Application Deadlines

Fall 2017 Admission

Priority - May 5, 2017
Regular - June 16, 2017

Spring 2018 Admission

Priority - October 6, 2017
Regular - November 10, 2017

Summer 2018 Admission

Priority - March 2, 2018
Regular - April 6, 2018