This major allows students to see the myriad interconnections of politics, culture, and economics, big power structures and everyday interactions, persistent social inequalities, and the practices of intimate life. The greater Los Angeles area provides a natural laboratory for studying such sociological themes as race relations, work and the workplace, the family in a changing society, immigration, civic engagement, and the criminal justice system.

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Sociology Major Learning Objectives

1. Develop a sociological imagination; acquire an understanding of the connections between the individual and social institutions, social policy, and social change;

2. Demonstrate an awareness of diverse human experiences, including but not limited to issues of race, class, gender, sexuality, citizenship, and age, and how these experiences are shaped by structural and cultural forces;

3. Understand the nature of empirical evidence and assess the usefulness of qualitative and quantitative evidence in explaining the causes and consequences of specific social phenomena; become cognizant of the ethical issues of conducting research involving human subjects; create and test hypotheses based on social theories;

4. Conduct, analyze, and describe the results of research using written, oral, and multimedia platforms.


What can you do with a Sociology degree?

“Sociology gives us tools to understand people’s lives that might not be like ours, to be able to understand how peoples’ worldviews might differ from our own”

Karen Sternheimer