Sociology

Option IV: Work and Society

The “Work and Society” option is intended for students who are interested in studying the diverse ways by which work is organized and experienced. It provides students with a theoretical and practical foundation for understanding how changing labor markets and globalization affect the workplace as well as the consequences of changes in the nature of work for individuals, institutions, and society. In addition, this option prepares students for further education or entry level careers in a variety of contemporary work settings such as: human resource management, workforce development and training, career and educational counseling, and labor and community organizing. Students majoring in this option are required to meet with the option advisor.

Upper-Courses (25 Units)

  • SOC 340 Sociology of Work
  • SOC 345 Social Psychology
  • SOC 364/L Social Statistics
    SOC 368/S Sociological Theory I
  • SOC 400 Organizational Theory
  • SOC 497/L Methods of Social Research
  • SOC 482 Practicum in Work and Society

Electives (18 Units)

Diversity in the Workplace (min 3 units)

  • SOC 324 Sociology of Sex and Gender
  • SOC 307 Ethnic Diversity in America
  • SOC 325 Sex Roles and Work
  • SOC 390 Race Relations
  • CHS 365 Third World Women and the Chicana
  • PAS 201. Economics of the African-American Community 
  • Experimental Topics courses with advisor pre-approval

Labor and Social Policy (min 3 units)

  • SOC 356 Introduction to Social Welfare
  • SOC 426. Social Legislation and Social Policy
  • SOC 312 American Society
  • SOC 401 Class, Status, and Power in America
  • SOC370. Political Sociology
  • POLS 421. The Politics of Development
  • POLS 361. Introduction to Public Policy
  • EOH 465. OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY 
  • Experimental Topics courses with advisor pre-approval

Group Dynamics and Communication (min 3 units)

  • SOC 481 Counseling, Interviewing and Intervention
  • SOC 492 Dynamics of Social Behavior and Development
  • EPC 451 Fundamentals of Counseling and Guidance
  • COMS 451. INTERPERSONAL COMMUNICATION
  • COMS 453. ORGANIZATIONAL COMMUNICATION
  • PSY 383. Interpersonal Competence and Group Dynamics
  • PSY 356. INDUSTRIAL AND ORGANIZATIONAL PSYCHOLOGY
  • Experimental Topics courses with advisor pre-approval

TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED FOR THE MAJOR, OPTION IV: 53
GENERAL EDUCATION (48 UNITS) ADDITIONAL UNITS (19)
TOTAL UNITS REQUIRED FOR THE DEGREE: 120  

4- and 5-year Degree Completion Program (.pdf)