Sociology: Quantitative Methods, 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.

Sociologists pursue knowledge in many ways, one of which is through the examination of society through surveys, demographic data, and statistical models. In this concentration, students will become familiar with quantitative methods in sociology, both with respect to how to use them in general (e.g., Introduction to Demographic Methods) and how they are used for specific topics (e.g., Health of Populations).

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 Sociological Theory course1
Social Research Methods
SOCI 100Introduction to Sociological Research1
Select one of the following Options:2
Option 1:
Select 1 course unit in Advanced Research Methods course
Select 1 course unit in Statistics
Option 2:
Quantitative Methods in Sociology I
Quantitative Methods in Sociology II
Quantitative Methods Concentration
Select 3 course units in Concentration3
Additional SOCI Courses
Select 4-6 course units in SOCI Free 24-6
SOCI or Related Courses
Select 2 course units in SOCI or Related2
Research Poster
Complete Research Poster
Total Course Units34-36


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.