Admission Under Impaction
To be eligible for admission to the major in Sociology, applicants must demonstrate the following prior to the semester for which the application is submitted: Applicants must have met requirements for admission to the university as a freshman or transfer student and have completed the following courses (or equivalents) with a grade of “C” or better: General Education English, General Education Communication Studies and at least 6 lower division units of Sociology course work. Eligible applicants will be selected for admission on a space-available basis based on cumulative grade point average.
Lower Division (12 units):
Upper Division (minimum 31 units):
Core (16 units)
Total credit for courses numbered 490 through 499 may not exceed twelve units. Completion of at least 51 semester units of college work is required before students will be accepted into upper division courses.
Department Recommendation: Lower division courses should be completed before upper division courses. Taking the courses in sequential order will allow students to gain maximum benefit from the curriculum. Experience has shown that students who take courses out of sequence do not perform as well academically: SOC 250 and 260 should be taken before SOC 355; SOC 356 should be taken before SOC 357.
*If not taken as one of the core courses
Students may be admitted to Sociology Honors program (an option of the University Honors Program) when they have:
To graduate with Honors in Sociology a student must:
Sociology Department Honors Students are strongly encouraged to:
A minimum of 24 units which must include:
Take a minimum of 15 units selected from other upper division courses in sociology. Total credit for courses numbered 490 through 499 may not exceed 6 units.
This program's curriculum is designed to provide students with a strong theoretical and methodological foundation with specialization in one of the two thematic concentrations: Sociology of Health and Medicine; or Community Development and Social Change. Fieldwork placements provide direct and practical experience with local public and private agencies addressing community health and social justice issues.
The graduate coordinator serves as the general advisor for all entering graduate students. Upon admission, students will be assigned to a faculty member for advising and mentoring. Students can elect to keep this faculty member or, in consultation with the graduate coordinator, choose another faculty advisor. The faculty advisor is responsible for assisting students in writing a Plan of Study, which outlines how individual students will fulfill the requirements of the program. Faculty advisors will also assist the student in selecting her/his thesis committee (two additional faculty members). Graduate thesis committees must be formed after completing a minimum of 12 units and before a maximum of 21 units.
Students may view the general requirements of the University and the specific requirements of the department listed in this catalog. Important supplementary information about the steps leading to the master’s degree in sociology is contained in the Handbook for Graduate Students, which is available on the University website at http://www.csulb.edu/divisions/aa/projects/grad/handbook/
Consideration for admission requires submission of a program application and university application. Submit all program application materials to the Department of Sociology in one complete package.
All students must complete a minimum of thirty (30) units of upper division and graduate level courses, of which twenty-four (24) must be at the 500/600 graduate level. A student’s program is outlined in the Plan of Study that must be developed in consultation with a sociology faculty advisor within the first 12 units at CSULB.
1. Core Courses
2. Concentration Area Courses (3 courses, 9 units) in one concentration area:
3. Applied Skill Cluster (2 courses, 6 units): Applicable courses include ANTH 560, HSC 500, HSC 503, PPA 670.
4. Internship (one course, 3 units): SOC 695.
5. Capstone Course (one course, 3 units): SOC 697 or SOC 698.
Advancement to Candidacy
1. Students must satisfy the general requirements of the University for advancement to candidacy;
2. In order to be recommended for advancement to candidacy, students must obtain the written approval of their master’s degree program course work by their committee chair and graduate advisor;
3. Students must file a written statement in the department approved by the Faculty Advisor, indicating how the student plans to complete all remaining requirements for the degree. The statement will include the members of the thesis committee, and the date for completing the thesis or for taking the comprehensive examination.
All graduate students must complete one of the following options:
Students following the comprehensive examination option will earn 3 units of credit in SOC 697 and those writing a thesis will be granted 3 units of credit in SOC 698.