Social Science, B.A. - Continuing & Global Education


Bachelor of Arts Degree Requirements
Social Science Major

The BA in Social Science provides students with an understanding of major theoretical perspectives in the social sciences with a focus on how the social environment, culture,  inequalities, and policies shape individual experiences; knowledge about how to utilize social science concepts in the analysis of social phenomena; opportunities to develop critical thinking, written, and oral communication skills rooted in social science perspectives; an appreciation of socio-cultural diversity within and among societies; and applied quantitative and qualitative research skills. 

1. Major Requirements (30 units) 

Major Statistics Requirement (3 units)
MATH 11 (B4)

Major Theory Requirement (3-4 units)
ANTH 104, SOC 152, SOC 153, WGSS 143 

Major Methods Requirement (3-4 units)
ANTH 111, CLAS 150, CRIM 170, SOC 175, SOC 176, WGSS 153

Major Inequality Requirement (3-4 units)
AFRS 104W, CLAS 160 (M/I), SOC 151, SSCI 180 (D)

Major Public Policy Requirement (3 units)
PLSI 150, PLSI 151, PLSI 152, PLS 175, SOC 144, WGSS 149 (ID)

Major Criminology Requirement (6 units)
CRIM 120 (ID), CRIM 138, CRIM 178, SOC 143 (ID), WGSS 126/CRIM 126

Major Diversity Requirement (6 units)
AFRS 144 (ID), AFRS 165/DRAMA 187, AIS105W, ANTH 115, ANTH 120 (M/I), ASAM 110 (M/I), CLAS 102W, CLAS 120 (F), COMM 164 (M/I), CRIM 174, GEOG 167 (M/I), GERON 161, HIST 101/WGSS 101 (ID), SOC 111 (M/I), SOC 131 (ID), SWRK 136, WGSS 110 (IC), WGSS 120, WGSS 135 (M/I), WGSS 195

Major Environmental Studies Requirement (3 units)
EES 167 (IB), EES 168 (IB), GEOG 115 (IB), GEOG 128 (IB), SOC 158 (IB)

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 

5. Total (120 units) *
* G.E., MI and W courses can be double counted with major requirements. This total indicates that Math 11 in GE Area B4 may be applied to the social science major. 

Memos waiving all prerequisites for the listed requirement courses are included in this application. In other words, there are no hidden prerequisites. 

Additionally, there are no major requirement (category 1) elective units in the major. Free electives are not listed here other than when students take multiple courses in the major requirement categories beyond the required units. With limited course offerings each semester, most students will take multiple courses in each major requirement category. This implicit iterative exposure to core elements of the Program is an intentional part of the design. Mindful of the precarious nature of incarceration including early paroles and transfers, new cohort members will join at times other than every other fall. In fact, participation in this program might hasten the occasion of early parole since participation in this program may illustrate worthiness of early release.