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Frequently Asked Questions

What is sociology?

Sociology is the study of the development, structure, and functioning of human society. It employs a combination of theory and research to examine the cause and effect of human interaction.

How is the sociology curriculum structured?

UC Davis' Department of Sociology offers two majors: Sociology and Sociology-Organizational Studies. The Sociology major has four emphases: General, Law & Society, Social Services, and Comparative Studies & World Development.

What is the purpose of an emphasis?

An emphasis allows students to focus their coursework on a particular area of sociology. Emphases are designed to match students' interests and post-graduate plans. Students may only pursue one emphasis.

Will my emphasis appear on my transcript and/or diploma?

No, your major emphasis will not appear on either of your transcript or diploma. It will simply state a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology or Bachelor of Arts in Sociology-Organizational Studies depending on which major you complete. Feel free to mention your emphasis on resumes, in cover letters or graduate school application materials, but it will not appear on any official academic document from UC Davis.

What kind of classes will I be taking if I am majoring in sociology?

The sociology program has a highly diverse curriculum that strives to incorporate a range of coursework. Please view our course list page to view current course offerings.

Can I really get a job with the Sociology and Sociology-Organizational Studies majors?

Receiving a degree does not guarantee anyone a job, and obtaining a job depends upon many diverse factors. Think about ways that you can combine your academic coursework with volunteer and leadership experiences, work experiences, and internships to make yourself a well-rounded candidate for jobs.

Can I take a course in my major requirement Pass/No Pass?

Yes, however there are some issues to consider first. Most graduate schools do not look favorably upon major courses that are taken Pass/No Pass (P/NP) but the P/NP option may be useful if protecting a GPA is important or if a student experiences an extremely stressful quarter. It is strongly recommended that you do not take SOC 46B, SOC 100 or SOC 106 as Pass/No Pass. Additionally, the College of Letters & Science has restrictions on how many courses can be taken P/NP. In the College of Letters & Science, excluding the courses that are graded on a P/NP basis only (e.g., SOC 199), the limit is not more than one fourth of the units completed on the Davis campus. There is also a limit on the total number of courses graded P/NP, including courses that are P/NP only. The limit is not more than one third of the units completed on the Davis campus. If you are considering taking a major course P/NP, please consult a major advisor.

How do I go about obtaining an internship?

Go to the Internship and Career Center. There are binders that list the internships that are offered throughout the year and the summer. Internship Coordinators are available to give you assistance. You may also arrange your own internship. Plan your internship at least a quarter in advance because there are early deadlines and a formal process that you must follow to obtain an internship. However, please note that the Sociology Department does not sponsor individual internships but you may obtain course credit for an internship through SOC 192 units. Please see a major advisor to discuss this option. If you do not want course credit for your internship, transcript notation may be a viable option.


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