Requirements for the Sociology Major

Effective Fall Quarter 2015

Pre-Sociology Major: Only students with less than 90 units completed (excluding AP) may declare the Presociology major once they complete either Sociology 1 or 20 with a grade of C or better. 

I. Preparation for the Major: The student who wishes to become a Sociology major must complete the three preparatory courses listed below. All of these courses must be taken for a letter grade. A minimum grade of C or better is required in each of the preparatory courses. Students with a grade point average below 2.0 in the preparation coursework are not eligible for admission to the major. Students who repeat any preparation course more than once are automatically denied admission tot he major. 

Sociology 1 (Introductory Sociology)

Sociology 20 (Introduction to Sociological Research Methods) 

One Statistics course chosen from: 

  • Political Science 6 (Introduction to Data Analysis)
  • Statistics 10 (Introduction Statistical Reasoning)
  • Statistics 13 (Introduction to Statistical Methods for Life and Health Sciences) 

II. Requirements for the Major: The major in sociology requires 11 upper division courses. At least seven of the upper division sociology courses must be taken in residence at UCLA (Soc 101 & 102, methods, 3 core, and 1 elective). Students are urged to complete Sociology 101, 102 and the "Core" courses as early as possible and before taking other upper-division courses. Soc 101 and 102 must be completed with a grade of “C” or higher. Students are required to maintain a 2.0 overall GPA average in all upper-division sociology courses. All courses must be taken for a letter grade.

Two theory courses: 

  • Sociology 101 (Development of Sociological Theory)
  • Sociology 102 (Contemporary Sociological Theory) 

One methods course, choose one of the following courses: 

  • Sociology 106A, 106B, 110, 111*, 112, 113, M124A*, 191H OR
  • Statistics 112 (Statistical Methods for Social Sciences)

Three core courses, one course from each of the following Core areas:

  • Interactions (Soc 111*, M124A*, CM125, 126, 128, 130, 132, 133, 134, 145, 152)
  • Institutions and Social Processes (Soc 116, 117, 121, 143, 151, 158, 168, 169, 170, 171, 172, 173, M174, M175, M176, 181B)
  • Power and Inequality (Soc M115, 122, 147A, 154, M155, 156, 157, M161, M162, M163, M164, M165, 181A, 182, 183, 185, 186)

Five additional upper division, sociology courses 


*Soc 111 or M124A may be applied towards either the Methods or Interactions requirement, but not both. 

*Sociology 191 courses are small seminars for juniors and seniors. These courses count as upper division sociology electives.

*Any upper division sociology courses not used for the theory, methods, or core requirements can count as upper division sociology electives (e.g. taking a second interactions core course).

*Up to 4 sociology upper-division electives can be fulfilled through UCEAP or other approved courses at UCLA (

Sociology 195CE Community or Corporate Internship: For opportunities to receive credit for internships on the major, visit the Center for Community Learning (CCL) in A265 Murphy Hall or call 310-825-7867 for assistance with setting up your internships. For more information, please click here