Sociology & Sexuality Studies Department, Sociology Major, BA Degree

Major Requirements (SF State Bulletin: Degree Requirements)

Roadmap (SF State Bulletin: Roadmap)

GE Requirements (SF State Bulletin: General Education)

Major Department Website

Your major advisor answered a few questions to assist you with your first semester courses — see below.

General Information

What are some of the highlights and features to know about this major? As of Fall 2018, lower division students and transfer students with a 2.00 GPA may be admitted into the major.  The department prefers students to complete 1 Sociology course before submitting the Change of Major form; students must have a 2.00 GPA.  For transfer students, the Sociology course can be taken at a junior/community college.  However, prior to any course enrollment on campus, the completed Sociology course must show up on their transcript.  It cannot be taken concurrently.
When should I first meet with my major department? The department strongly encourages students to meet with an advisor early during their first semester at SFSU regardless of academic rank. Students should also meet with their major advisor during office hours or by appointment before the next registration period. Each student is assigned to an advisor based on last name.
How will I be assigned to a major advisor and how do I contact them? Each student is assigned to an advisor based on their last name.   The best way to find an advisor/your advisor is to visit the department's advising website, or contact the main office.  Office hours are posted on the department's main website.
Where can I find information about major advising? Please visit the dpartment's advising website.
Does this major require any pre-work from me before I attend orientation or register for classes? In order to take the required core courses students must be declared a Sociology major before registering for classes. Students can submit the Change of Major form to the department.
What should I do if my major core and/or prerequisite courses are full? When the required core courses are full, students should focus on the 23–24 units of Sociology electives required to complete the major. Please note, in fulfilling the elective requirements students must complete at least one course from each of the following two areas: Area 1- Inequalities in the United States and Area 2- Global Inequalities. Remaining electives may be taken from either area.

Transfer Student Info

What upper division courses should I take in my first semester as a transfer student for this major? Once students have completed a Sociology course (lower or upper division course with "SOC" prefix), and have junior status, transfer students can enroll in (1) SOC 300 GWAR, a prerequisite for all other core courses in the major.  Students can also enroll into any listed (2) Sociology electives which are also required to complete the major as well as (3) Upper division general education (GE) courses (UD-B, UD-C, UD-D).
Are there any prerequisites to these upper division courses for the major?

Completion of a Sociology course, junior standing (60+ units earned).

SOC300 GWAR Prerequisites: Restricted to upper division Sociology majors; completion of two sociology courses with grades of C or better; completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 requirements.

Upper division GE courses (UD-B, UD-C, UD-D) Prerequisites: Upper division standing; and/or successful completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 or consent of the instructor.

Sociology instructors will check students' prerequisites prior to the beginning of the semester.

Are there any registration blocks or holds in the system for this major, and if so, what do I do/who do I contact to clear them?

Students cannot enroll into any of the major core courses without the completion of SOC 300 GWAR.  The prerequisite of SOC 300 GWAR is completion of two sociology courses with grades of C or better; completion of GE Areas A1, A2, A3, and B4 requirements.  

If the prerequisites have been taken but not posted on the student's account, enrollment of SOC 300 GWAR will not be allowed. Students must contact the department to clear the prerequisites.  

Corequisite of SOC 300 GWAR and core courses are not allowed. Students must complete and have the prerequisites posted on their account prior to registering for SOC 300GW.

SOC 300GW is a prerequisite for the major core courses. Concurrent enrollment of SOC 300GW and core courses is not allowed.

Does this major have an approved Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) roadmap? Yes, the AA-T in Sociology.   

Freshmen Student Info

Are there any courses I should take first as a Freshman to get started in this major and/or are there any lower division GE course requirements that I can take that will also count toward this major?

Freshmen should enroll into at least one Sociology prefixed course, options include:

SOC 105, SOC 110, SOC 200, SOC 245, SOC 272, SOC 275, and/or SOC 293.

All courses except SOC 272, SOC 275 and SOC 293 meet the GE Area D requirement. 

Are there entry or prerequisite requirements for these Freshmen courses?

SOC 272 Prerequisite: ENG 114.

SOC 293 Prerequisite: Completion of quantitative reasoning/QR/B4 GE requirement.

Can any of my AP or IB tests count toward requirements in this major? Not applicable.

College of Health & Social Sciences Student Resource Center (SRC)

Services provided for: Undergraduate students with College of Health and Social Sciences majors, pre-majors and minors.

Services offered: Academic planning (GE, DARs, DPR and major), freshman transitioning support, impacted major consultation, academic probation advising, general life/support counseling, petition consultation, career prep and planning, major career exploration, graduation check (GE and graduation requirements), resume and cover letter help

Phone: (415) 405-3740
Location: HSS 254