• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Sociology program of San Francisco State University pushes students to develop the analytical, research, and compositional skills necessary to investigate, understand, analyze, explain, and improve the world around them. Courses cover a broad range of topics including: the study of individuals as social actors; the analysis of social processes such as social interaction and deviance and conformity; the study of institutions such as law, family, media, popular culture, medicine, education, and religion; and the investigation of the social organization of entire societies in the global context. The department offers a variety of courses of interest to non-majors as well as to majors.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Understand and identify the social origins and context of diverse individual and group experiences.
  • Apply key concepts of sociological inquiry in social analysis. For some given social phenomenon, students will be able to:
  • Construct a reasoned argument based on a theoretical perspective.
  • Articulate the broader theoretical perspective, the social origins and limitations of that perspective, as well as alternative perspectives.
  • Utilize this theoretical perspective to illuminate the social arrangements and lived experiences of people.
  • Collect and analyze information including empirical data, and develop appropriate interpretations directly from the analysis. Students will be able to:
  • Conduct a literature review of relevant information.
  • Construct an appropriate research design taking into account the research question, previous research, methodological concerns, and material constraints.
  • Articulate clearly their research methods, their findings, and the conclusions drawn from those findings
  • Ability to identify and discuss fundamental social processes contributing to and the consequences of social inequality in the United States.
  • Ability to identify and discuss fundamental social processes contributing to and the consequences of social inequality world-wide.

Career paths

Upon completion of a B.A. in Sociology, students can continue their education with graduate work in either sociology or some related field such as social work, public administration, or law. For students who choose to pursue employment with their bachelor's degree, sociology provides an excellent liberal arts foundation for a range of career paths that utilize their sociological insights as well as the conceptual and methodological skills they have acquired. Training in sociology can open a variety of doors in human services and business. Those who enter human services may work with youths at risk, the elderly, or people experiencing problems related to poverty, substance abuse, or the justice system. Some find employment in agencies that work for social change including various organizations concerned with human rights issues or the environment. Sociology majors who enter the business world work in sales, marketing, customer relations, or human resources.

In addition, the sociology major has a competitive advantage in today's information society. The solid base received in research design, data analysis, statistics, and sociological concepts enables them to compete for support positions in research, social planning, policy analysis, program evaluation, and other social science endeavors.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sociological Analysis
  • Classical Theories of Society
  • Contemporary Theories of Society
  • Introduction to Research Methods
  • Quantitative Analysis of Social Data
  • Social Inequality: Poverty, Wealth, and Privilege

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 2.5

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 2.5 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit the CSU Application
  • Students will be required to submit official, original or certified/attested copies of all original academic documents in the original language of issue
  • Applicants who are presently attending a college or university in the United States must, in addition to their international records, submit official transcripts of all work completed and in progress
  • Applicants must be qualified to enter a university in their home country and have a good scholastic record from an accredited/recognized school
  • All applicants for admission to the University must pay a $55.00 application fee
  • English language proficiency

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7440 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    7440 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7440 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for San Francisco

  • 2206 - 4120 USD/month
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