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California State University, Long Beach
Department of Sociology
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Sociology Honors Program

The Sociology Honors Program (SHP) at CSULB is designated for ambitious and committed sociology majors to gain rigorous training in independent research. Consisting of a year-long (two semester) thesis seminar, the Program seeks to produce graduating seniors capable of conducting graduate school-level research and writing. Students will receive training in areas such as formulating a research topic, conducting a literature review, learning methodologies, conducting research, analyzing data, writing a thesis and presenting research. Students who successfully complete the program will receive departmental honors along with their BA in Sociology and will have gained preparation for graduate school or other research-oriented careers.

Minimum requirements for application:

  • 3.5 GPA in sociology, 3.0 GPA overall (this can be waived under certain circumstances)
  • Completion of the four core lower division sociology courses: 100, 142, 170 and especially 270 (Intro to Research Methods)
  • Completion or or concurrent enrollment in Sociology 355 (Quantitative Methods) or 354 (Qualitative Methods).

Completion requirements:

  • 6 units (split across two semesters) of the Sociology Honors Thesis Seminar (488H & 489H).
  • A senior’s thesis to be evaluated by the SHP instructions.

Recruitment typically begins in late February/early March. 

For more information, email Coordinator Oliver Wang at