Major & Minor Requirements

Entering students may declare a major in Sociology when they are admitted to UCSD. Continuing students may declare Sociology as their major at any time, by using the Major/Minor tool under Academic Links on MyTritonLink.

The undergraduate coordinator is available help students with questions about program requirements or courses still needed to fulfill the major.

The Major

Students may choose to major in General Sociology or one of seven concentrations in the following areas;

  • International Studies,
  • American Studies,
  • Culture and Communication,
  • Social Inequalities,
  • Law and Society,
  • Economy and Society, or
  • Science and Medicine.

All students must complete four lower-division and twelve upper-division courses in Sociology. The General Sociology major and concentrations share the same lower division, theory and method requirements.

A 2.0 GPA is required in the major and students must earn a C- or better in each course to be used for the sociology major. All courses taken for the major must be taken for a letter grade, with the exception of Sociology 199 which can only be taken P/NP. Only one such special studies course may be applied toward the major.

Lower-Division Coursework

Four lower-division sociology courses are required for the major in sociology:

  • SOCI 1: Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 2: The Study of Society
  • One lower division elective (SOCI 10, 20, 30, 40 or 50)
  • SOCI 60: The Practice of Social Research
    • SOCI 60 introduces students to fundamental principles of social research design: how to pose a sociological question, formulate an appropriate research design, and evaluate empirical evidence. SOCI 60 is a prerequisite for all upper-division methods courses (SOCI 102 - SOCI 110).

For each of these courses, students must attend a lecture and a weekly discussion section.

Upper-Division Coursework

Twelve upper-division sociology courses are required for the major in sociology:

  • Sociology 100: Classical Sociological Theory
  • One methods course from SOCI 102 - 110. (SOCI 60 is a prerequisite for these methods courses.)
  • Ten additional upper-division courses.
    • For students majoring with a concentration, five upper-division courses will be chosen from a list of courses from the specific concentration, as well as five upper-division sociology electives.
    • Students majoring in General Sociology can choose any ten upper-division sociology courses.

Students are encouraged to complete their theory and methods courses early in their program, since theoretical perspectives and skills in methods will enhance their subsequent course work.

One elective course can be satisfied with a four-unit Independent Study (SOCI 199) course. With department permission, we will also allow students to take a four-unit Internship (AIP 197). Because these courses are taken on a pass/no pass basis, only one can be used toward the Sociology major.

Review of Requirements (Degree Check)

Track you progress with the major requirements using our degree check!  

Please note: For the upper divison requirement of "Ten Upper Division Courses in Sociology" you are either a General Sociology Major or a Specialized Sociology Major. 

Sociology Minor Requirements

Below are general policies for a minor in sociology.

  • It must consists of seven four-unit courses, of which at least twenty units (five four-unit courses) must be upper-division.
  • A grade of "C-" or better is required in all courses.
  • A grade of P/NP is not acceptable; courses for the minor must be taken for a letter grade.
  • A maximum of two sociology courses from community college will be allowed.
  • One study abroad course will be accepted toward the minor. The course must be pre-approved by the sociology department prior to applying to the minor.
  • SOCI 199 (Independent Research) is not accepted toward the minor.
  • A GPA of at least 2.0 is required for graduation.

Guidelines for Minor Application

Courses can be taken in one of the following distributions:

  • 2 lower-division, 5 upper-division sociology courses
  • 1 lower-division, 6 upper-division sociology courses
  • 7 upper-division sociology courses

How to Declare a Minor Online

You can apply for a minor at any time by using the Major/Minor tool under Academic Links on MyTritonLink.

  • Log on to Tritonlink
  • Click "Advising and Grades"
  • Click "Major and Minor"
  • Next to "Declared Minor," click on "ADD"

When listing courses on the application, only list course numbers and titles for courses you have completed or are currently enrolled in.

To list courses not yet completed, use the following template:

Lower-division Courses

Subject code: SOCI, Course No: LD, Title: Sociology Elective, Institution: UCSD, Units: 4.00

Upper-division Courses

Subject code: SOCI, Course No: UD, Title: Sociology Elective, Institution: UCSD, Units: 4.00