Sociology: Sociology of Families and Populations, BA

The Sociology major helps students identify and explain patterns of social life and human behavior by emphasizing how large-scale social phenomena (such as class, race, and gender inequality) affect the everyday experiences of individuals and vice versa. The major prepares students for a career in a variety of fields such as law, medicine and healthcare, marketing, education, scholarly and applied social research, social work, demography, journalism and media, management in the public and private sectors, administration, and government. The program offers comprehensive advising and significant research and independent study opportunities. Our program is dedicated to nurturing a strong community of scholars, helping them grow academically and professionally under the large-scale mission of the College of Arts & Sciences.

The family is one of the most important institutions in any society, and it is critical to the socialization of each generation and the stability and functioning of the larger society. Family systems vary across cultures and have changed dramatically in the United States in recent decades. Understanding the causes and consequences of such variation is a central focus of social research. Family change is reflected in demographic patterns through its impact on fertility, marriage, divorce, migration, and mortality. Population processes also respond to technological factors, economic change and social policy. The study of population patterns provides an opportunity to investigate quantitatively the interactions between large social aggregates and the behavior of individuals.

The minimum total course units for graduation in this major is 34. Double majors may entail more course units.

A minimum of 11 course units must be in Sociology.

For information about the General Education requirements, please visit the College of Arts & Sciences Curriculum page.

College General Education Requirements and Free Electives
Foundational Approaches + Sectors1 + Free Electives20
Major Requirements
Introductory Course
SOCI 001Introduction to Sociology1
Sociological Theory
Select 1 course unit in Sociological Theory1
Social Research Methods
SOCI 100Introduction to Sociological Research1
Select 1 course unit in Advanced Research Methods1
Select 1 course unit in Statistics1
Sociology of Families & Populations Concentration
Select 3 course units in Concentration3
Additional SOCI Courses
Select 4 course units in SOCI Free 24
SOCI or Related Courses
Select 2 course units in SOCI or Related2
Research Poster
Complete Research Poster
Total Course Units34


Applicants must have an overall GPA of 3.3 and a GPA of 3.5 in the major.

Thesis Workshop
Thesis Workshop II
Independent Study (Or Approved Course)
Senior Thesis

The degree and major requirements displayed are intended as a guide for students entering in the Fall of 2019 and later. Students should consult with their academic program regarding final certifications and requirements for graduation.