Social Policy Major

Students must also complete the Undergraduate Registration Requirement and the degree requirements of their home school.

Concentration Program—16 units 

Course Title
Required Courses (7 units)
SOC_POL 201-0Introduction to Social Policy
SESP 202-0Introduction to Community Development
SOC_POL 304-0Social Policy & the Human Services
or SOC_POL 312-0 Social Policymaking and Implementation
ECON 202-0Introduction to Microeconomics
POLI_SCI 220-0American Government and Politics
1 course chosen from:
Law and Social Policy
Educational Policy
Social Policy and the United States Health Care System
Economics of Education Policy 1
1 course chosen from:
Economics of Social Policy
Economics of Inequality and Discrimination
Economics of Education Policy 1
Concentration Courses (9 units)
Must be selected from an approved list of courses in SOC POL, other SESP concentrations, and disciplines such as African American studies, communication studies, economics, political science, and sociology. Must include at least 5 courses at the 300 level. Up to 3 units of SESP 390-0 Research Apprenticeship or SESP 399-0 Independent Study and 3 units of SESP 398-0 Honors Thesis may be counted toward this requirement.

SESP Core (8 units)

Course Title
Basic courses—2 units
SESP 201-0Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence
or SESP 203-0 Human Development: Adulthood and Aging
1 inequality and diversity issues course, chosen from:
Culture, Language, & Identity
Culture and Cognition
Gender and the Life Course
Race and Education
Social Contexts of Education
or an approved equivalent
Research methods—2 units
SESP 210-0Introduction to Statistics and Research Methodology
SESP 372-0Methods of Observing Human Behavior
Practicum—4 units 1
SESP 382-0Practicum in Human Development; Learning Sciences
or SESP 384-0 Practicum in Human Development - Washington, D.C.
or SESP 386-0 Practicum: Human Development & Psychological Svcs.
or SESP 387-0 Practicum: Learning& Organizational Change
or SESP 388-0 Practicum: Social Policy
or SESP 389-0 Practicum in Human Development - San Francisco

This 4-unit course may be taken either for 1 quarter during the junior year or for nine weeks during the Summer Session before or after the junior year; no fifth unit may be taken concurrently without special permission. At least 2 quarters before registering for the course, students must consult the SESP practicum director regarding procedures and site-placement application materials; for Summer Session practicums, consultation should be scheduled at least 3 quarters in advance.

Distribution Requirements (10 units)

  • 2 natural sciences courses
  • 2 formal studies courses (mathematics, logic, etc.)
  • 2 historical studies courses
  • 2 ethics and values courses (philosophy, religion, etc.)
  • 2 literature and fine arts courses

Selected courses from Weinberg College and professional schools across the University may be used to fulfill distribution requirements with the consent of the student’s adviser and the SESP assistant dean for student affairs.

Electives (8 units)

Courses from any school across the University may be used to fulfill elective requirements. Students are encouraged to discuss their elective plans with their advisers; they may be able to pursue a second major or a minor using elective credits.