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 (8 units)
SOC_POL 312-0Social Policymaking and Implementation
ECON 202-0Introduction to Microeconomics
POLI_SCI 220-0American Government and Politics
4 courses for the Domains cluster from:
Special Topics in Human Development in Context (Health Program Planning)
Statistical Causal Inference
Crafting Child Policy
Special Topics (Race, Adolescence, and School Discipline:Pressing Problems and Urgent Solutions)
Social Policy & the Human Services
Law and Social Policy
Educational Policy
Legal Aspects of Education
Social Policy and the United States Health Care System
Special Topics in Social Policy (Intersectionality, Measurement, and Public Policy or Quantitative Tools)
1 course for the Economics cluster from:
Economics of Social Policy
Economics of Inequality and Discrimination
Economics of Education Policy 1
Special Topics in Social Policy (Economics of Health, Human Capital, and Happiness)
Concentration Extension Courses (8 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 3 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
Seminar—1 unit
SESP 200-0Understanding Knowledge
Human Development—1 unit
SESP 201-0Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence
or SESP 203-0 Human Development: Adulthood and Aging
or HDC 310-0 The Art and Science of Aging
Methodologies —2 units
SESP 210-0Introduction to Statistics and Research Methodology
SESP 272-0Field Research Methods
Experiential Learning—4 units 1
SESP 384-0Practicum in Human Development - Washington, D.C.
or SESP 389-0 Practicum in Human Development - San Francisco
or SESP 392-0 Experiential Learning: Practicum

Overlay Requirements*

Course Title
Global Engagement
1 quarter of study abroad or 3 quarters of foreign language or equivalent. Please note that due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the global engagement requirement is subject to change.
Heterogeneities, Systems, and Inequalities
1 course counted towards the concentration: HDC 305-0, LOC 214-0, LOC 214-BR, LRN_SCI 214-0, LRN_SCI 309-0, SESP 317-0, SESP 324-0, SESP 351-0 (Computing, Ethics, and Society), SOC_POL 331-0, TEACH_ED 302-0
Methods in Context
1 course counted towards the concentration: HDC 351-0, LOC 311-0, LRN_SCI 301-0, LRN_SCI 309-0, LRN_SCI 313-0, LRN_SCI 351-0, LRN_SCI 372-0, SESP 251-0 (Community Based Research Methods: Educational Justice), SESP 303-0, SESP 310-0, SESP 324-0, SESP 351-0, SOC_POL 330-0, SOC_POL 331-0, SOC_POL 332-0, SOC_POL 351-0

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.