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College of Letters and Science

  • Bachelor of Arts

Interested in studying what is behind human behavior? Want to analyze relevant social issues? Looking for a better understanding about the hidden inequalities in our society? There are four different emphases in the major for students to choose from: general; law and society; social services; or comparative studies and world development.

Major Requirements

As a sociology major, you can choose an emphasis in law and society, social services, comparative studies and world development, or general sociology. A sociology degree provides a broad background in sociological theory and valuable methodological training. Depending on your area of interest, you may study such topics as (to name just a few) race and gender discrimination, the interactional and institutional mechanisms enabling them to persist, and how to change them; patterns of immigration in contemporary society and how they intersect with labor markets, schools, and the health care system; the organization of the criminal justice system; the politics of health care; or why precarious employment has become so widespread.

Contact Information

Degree Outcomes


  • Lawyer
  • Educator
  • Social Worker
  • Researcher
  • Social Media Marketer

Graduate Study

  • Law
  • Social work
  • Teaching
  • Sociology
  • Public health

Alumni Employers

  • Youth Employment Partnership
  • Considine Sorensen & Trujillo A Professional Law Corporation
  • California State Senate
  • LinkedIn
  • Yolo County Child Welfare Services
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