BA, Sociology, Concentration in Race and Ethnic Studies

All Students should regularly consult an advisor in the major. Sociology advisors have drop-in advising hours. For a schedule of advising hours, see Advising.

Requirements of the Major (42 units)

In the course listings below, click on the course number to view the course description in the SJSU Catalog. GE areas are shown in parentheses. See GE Course Attributes in the SJSU Catalog for definitions of codes.

Core Courses (27 units)

Complete one course from:

  • SOCI 015: Statistical Applications in the Social Sciences (B4)
  • SOCI 102: Introduction to Statistics

UNVS 015C or UNVS 016C may be used in lieu of the statistics course required by this major.

Complete one course from:

  • SOCI 104B: Advanced Quantitative Research Methods
  • SOCI 105B: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods
  • SOCI 181B: Sociology Career Capstone

Race and Ethnic Studies Concentration (15 units)

Complete one course from each of the following areas:

Asian American Studies:

  • AAS  125: Filipino Experience in the United States
  • AAS 133: Introduction to Social Issues in Planning
  • AAS 160: Asian American Women
  • AAS 175: Asian American Communities
  • AAS 186: The Vietnamese Experience in America
  • AAS 187: Multiracial Asian Americans Experience

African American Studies:

  • AFAM 105: Health Issues in the African-American Community
  • AFAM 112: New Faces in the African-American Community
  • AFAM 120: Sociological Analysis of African-American Communities
  • AFAM 125: The Black Family
  • AFAM 134: Martin L. King and the Civil Rights Movement

Mexican American Studies:

  • MAS  115: Chicana/o Families
  • MAS 120: Political Economy and Chicana/o Communities
  • MAS 125: Chicana/o Community Studies
  • MAS 127: Chicanas/os and the Criminal Justice System
  • MAS 130: Chicanas and Chicanos in American Society
  • MAS 135: Contemporary Chicana/o Issues

Native American Studies:

*ANTH 175 has a pre-requisite of any lower division anthropology course or instructor consent
** ANTH 176 has a pre-requisite of ANTH 11 or instructor consent

SOCI 180, Individual Studies, and SOCI 199H, Senior Honors Thesis, may be applied to the major when they have direct relevance to the concentration; such relevance is determined by approval of an advisor.


Transfer Credit & Articulation


  • See the SJSU Catalog entry for complete degree information on the BA in Sociology, Concentration in Community Change. Requirements of the major are only part of the requirements for graduation, as briefly summarized here:
Requirements of the Major (as above) 42 units
General Education Requirements 39 units
Physical Education 2 units
University Electives 37 units
Total 120 units
  • A minor is strongly recommended: Students may elect to minor in one of the 4 Ethnic Studies areas: African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Mexican American Studies, Native American Studies (housed in Anthropology). Please see an advisor in those departments and programs for minor advising and double counting of major and minor courses.
  • Some classes “double count” in GE or SJSU Studies as well as in the Sociology major.  Note: Soci 162 and AAS 185 in SJSU Studies Area S, as well as the major.  However, the units for the class only count once.  You should keep track of the cumulative number of units you have earned. Check your transcript on MYSJSU.