Option III: Social Welfare & Social Justice

Social Welfare (Option III) is intended to provide the student with knowledge and skills necessary for entry professional-level employment in social work settings such as hospitals, probation and parole, public welfare, community planning, mental health and physically handicapped. Satisfactory completion of the Option makes the student eligible for entry level membership in the National Association of Social Workers upon employment. Students wishing to declare this Option as their major should plan to do so in their junior year and are required to see an advisor in the Option at least once each semester in order to plan their course load. Students planning to pursue this Option are encouraged to seek advisement prior to their junior year if possible.

Application for Enrollment in SOC 475 AF/AS & 475 BS/BF

Lower division requirements: 10 units

  • SOC 150 Introductory Sociology (3)
  • SOC 202 Sociological Analysis (3)
  • Math 140 Introductory Statistics (4)

Upper division requirements: 41 units

  • SOC 345 Social Psychology (3)
  • SOC 356 Social Welfare Institutions (3)
  • SOC 357 Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice (3)
  • SOC 364 Social Statistics (3) and SOC 364L Social Statistics Laboratory (1)
  • SOC 368 Sociological Theory I (3) and SOC 368S Sociological Theory I Seminar (2) or
  • SOC 468 Sociological Theory II (3) and SOC 468S Sociological Theory II Seminar (2)
  • SOC 426 Social Legislation & Social Policy (4)
  • SOC 440 Sociology of Aging (3) or
  • SOC 459 Child Welfare (3) or
  • SOC 484 Community Organizing (3)
  • SOC 493 Diversity and Social Justice (3)
  • SOC 475AF & AS Supervised Field Instruction (3)
  • SOC 475BF & BS Supervised Field Instruction II (3)
  • SOC 492 Human Behavior in the Social Environment (3)
  • SOC 497 Methods of Sociological Research (3) and SOC 497L Methods of Sociological Research Laboratory (1)

NOTE: Applications submitted for 475AF/AS & 475BF/BS must be submitted by the deadline in the beginning of the Spring term in order to get permission to take courses.



Total credit requirements: 51 Units

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