The primary aim of our curriculum is to provide students with the knowledge and analytic skills necessary to understand social life in an increasingly complex world. We want our graduates to be able to use the key insights and analytic methods of sociology to improve the social conditions in which they and others coexist. We expect holders of a California State University San Marcos bachelor's degree in sociology to be able to address large and small-scale social problems through constructive empirical inquiry, critical analysis, and strategic action. The Sociology Department's curriculum cultivates the theoretical, methodological, and advocacy skills integral to meeting these goals. The list below summarizes the primary knowledge and skills students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology will possess.

Students who graduate with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology will be able to: 

  1. Analyze and interpret the diversity of social experience using a sociological perspective, especially as they relate to race, class, gender, age, sexual preference, religion, and nationality.

  2. Assess the merits of competing theoretical approaches to formulate empirically researchable questions about social life. 

  3. Locate, analyze, assess, and communicate sociological scholarship.

  4. Understand and employ a range of research strategies—quantitative and qualitative—and their applicability to particular research questions, theoretical orientations, and social contexts.

  5. Understand the ethical and social justice implications of sociological inquiry.

  6. Use sociological perspectives, concepts, and theories to understand and identify the societal problems of publics with differing and multiple interests. Be able to specify the underlying sources of these social problems, especially in regard to structural or institutional sources, and be able to propose and assess possible policies, interventions, and/or modes of advocacy to address them.

  7. Apply sociological theory and empirical research to advocate for positive social change.