BA, Sociology

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Sociology explores humanity's diverse ways of interacting, and attempts to understand the institutions and social systems that we build. The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology program is intended to help students become successful practitioners in professional contexts by improving their capacity to analyze, understand, and evaluate social phenomena, enhancing awareness of diversity, developing critical thinking skills, and improving writing and verbal skills. Curriculum focuses on institutions, cultures, family patterns and relationships, gender and ethnic relations, mass media and value systems.

A minor in sociology is also available for students completing a bachelor's degree in a different area of study.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Methods: Apply sociological methodological approaches.
  • Diversity: Evaluate the effects of multiculturalism in society.
  • Theory: Apply major sociological theories to practical situations.
  • Statistics: Interpret and evaluate published research through utilizing acquired statistical knowledge.
  • Research/Application: Create an applied research or related project.

Admission Requirements

Applicants intending on enrolling in this program must complete the formal application process with all required documents, which include:

  1. 12 or more transferable baccalaureate level credits or the equivalent.
  2. Completed application package. Applications are available online.
  3. Official transcripts from ALL colleges and universities attended. Only credits from regionally accredited institutions may be accepted in transfer. Failure to report any previous academic work at another college or university may be considered a violation of academic integrity.
  4. For those applying under an active military agreement with Brandman University, admissibility and minimum transfer credit awarded will be determined based on the Community College of the Air Force, SMART, AARTS or JST transcripts. If additional coursework from other institutions is submitted prior to admission this coursework will also be included in determining admissibility and transferability for course credit.

Graduation Requirements–Bachelor Degrees

  • A minimum of 120 credits.
  • 36 credits earned in upper- division coursework.
  • Minimum of 30 credits completed in residence at Brandman; 18 of which must be upper-division credits, 12 of which must be completed in students major.
  • A 2.0 grade point average on a 4.0 scale at Brandman and transfer work.
  • A 2.0 grade point average in all major and minor coursework. Programs may have additional grade requirements.
  • Resolution of all “I” grades.
  • LBSU 302 Information Fluency and Academic Integrity (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)
  • LBSU 304 Liberal Arts Core Foundations- (Cannot be used as an elective in a major, minor, or certificate program)

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a grade equivalent of “C” or higher. All required courses must be taken for a letter grade where the option exists.


Sociology Core Requirements

SOCU 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOCU 301 Social Research Design 3
SOCU 436 Globalization and Social Change 3
SOCU 450 Social and Political Theory 3
COMU 315 Intercultural Communication 3
SSCU 494 Social Science Capstone Course 3
MATU 203 Introduction to Statistics 3
Sociology Electives (18 credits, 15 credits must be upper division)
Choose courses from sociology (SOCU), criminal justice (CJCU), legal studies (LEST), social work (SOWK), or social science (SSCU).
Total Credits 39


Minor in Sociology


SOCU 101 Introduction to Sociology 3
SOCU 301 Social Research Design or PSYU 304 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences 3
SOCU 450 Social and Political Theory 3
Three upper-division sociology courses 9
Total Credits 18
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