Course Offerings

Information on the Annual Schedule, Quarterly Schedule, Full Course List, Prerequisites, and Preauthorization can be found below our Course Spotlight. 

Annual Schedule

We strive to provide the most up-to-date information on our annual course schedule.  Please note, that it is a tentative list and as such, is subject to change.

Tentative Course List '18-'19

Quarterly Schedule

Our course schedule can be found on the Schedule of Classes

Undergraduate courses are listed under subject code “SOCI – Sociology”; Graduate courses are listed under subject code “SOCG – Soc/Graduate” 

Full Course List

Our full course list (TBA) includes courses that have yet to be added onto the General Catalog and annotations for cross-listed courses.

Course Spotlight

SOCI 109M: Research Reporting - Prof. Abigail Andrews

Students learn to write a research report/article. Course covers the architecture of reports, different audiences, scientific writing style, the literature review, and how to present methodology and findings. Students write a research report using research they conducted in other classes.

*Please note students need to have prior research complete before enrolling in the course

SOCI 120: Sociology Through Literature - Prof. Gershon Shafir

In this course we will examine how literature and poetry may illuminate and sometimes go beyond sociological writings in highlighting and spelling out sociological concepts and social processes. The course will cover basic concepts (social role, power), economic concepts (class, greed), and political concepts (colonialism, revolution). We will read selections from works by Ryunosuke Akutagawa, Jorge Borges, Fyodor Dostoevsky, William Golding, Sinclair Lewis, George Orwell, Ayn Rand, etc.

SOCI 165: Predicting the Future: From Tarot Cards to Computer Algorithms - Prof. Akos Rona-Tas

No one can see the future but everyone must try. When we act with purpose, we must form an idea of the consequences of our action and the world in which our action will unfold. What we do is driven to a large extent by our expectations about the future, and therefore, we must predict, often in the face of great uncertainty, what will and won’t happen. The course surveys the social devices from tarot cards to computer algorithms designed to solve the problem of prediction.
SOCI 173: Sociology of Health, Illness, and Medicine - Prof. Daniel Navon

This course will explore the social forces that shape our health and the way we understand illness. Themes will include American public health and healthcare, inequality and biomedicine as well as special topics like suicide, lead, autism and HIV/AIDS.

*Note, please VAC to apply this course towards your Science and Medicine Concentration

SOCI 176: Transnational Japan Research Practicum - Prof. Christena Turner

Focusing on Japan and its transnational relationships this course combines analysis of readings with instruction in writing academic research papers.  Students will spend about half their time on readings and half on their own research projects.  We will analyze domestic and international contexts within which Japanese cultural forms emerge and influence others. Topics include Japanese approaches to popular culture, art, environment, social relationships and social problems.

*Note SOCI 176 no longer applies for the Science and Medicine Concentration

*Note, please VAC to apply this course towards your International Studies Concentration

SOCI 198: Special Topics in Comparative-Historical Sociology - Prof. Charles Thorpe

“The Russian Revolution, the Soviet Union, and Marxist Theory"

Marking 100 years since the Russian Revolution, the class will examine the theoretical innovations of Lenin and Trotsky (e.g. the theory of imperialism, combined and uneven development, and permanent revolution) and how these informed their revolutionary strategy, subsequent Marxist debates over the character of the Soviet Union especially within Trotskyism (degenerated workers’ state or state capitalism). The class will also examine the significance of the collapse of the Soviet Union, whether Marxism can account for that outcome, assessment and critique of the way in which the collapse of the USSR was taken as the signal for western intellectuals and academics to abandon Marxism, and the subsequent crisis of social theory and of the left. The course will end by examining international developments since the collapse of the Soviet Union and how these may be interpreted from a Marxist perspective. 

Key works will include Lenin, Imperialism: The Highest Stage of Capitalism; Leon Trotsky, History of the Russian Revolution (extracts); Trotsky, The Revolution Betrayed; Vadim Rogovin, Stalin’s Terror of 1937-1938: Political Genocide in the USSR; David North, The Russian Revolution and the Unfinished Twentieth Century.

Please contact Professor Thorpe if you have any questions about the course. 

Course Prerequisites

While most of our courses don't have prerequisites, here are the few classes that do:

  • SOCI 87: a seminar limited to Freshman
  • SOCI 102: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 103M: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 104: Sociology majors only and SOCI 60
  • SOCI 105: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 106: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 106M: SOCI 178 and SOCI 60
  • SOCI 107: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 108: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 109: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 110: SOCI 60
  • SOCI 192: a seminar for Seniors; must have consent from department
  • SOCI 196A/B: for students accepted into the Sociology Honors Program
  • SOCI 199: application required 

Upper-division standing (90+ units) is required for all upper-division courses.


There are circumstances in which a student will be unable to enroll in courses that they are eligible for.  Examples include:

  • Freshmen with sophomore standing
  • Student who will obtain junior standing at the end of a quarter, but unable to enroll in upper division courses during their enrollment period mid-quarter.

If the class you wish to enroll in has prerequisites or restrictions, submit your preauthorization request via the Preauthorization System.