Social Policy Major

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

Concentration Program—16 units *


8 of the 16 units need to be at the 300-level

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 Policy Across Settings cluster from:
Adolescent Stress: Sources and Solutions
Designing for Social Change
Causal Methods for Evaluating Policy
Race and Education
Crafting Child Policy
Pedagogies for History and Injustice: Holocaust Education Design
Race, Adolescence, and School Discipline
Special Topics (Public Learning through the Arts: Magic, Monsters, and the Holocaust)
Race, Inequality, and the Political Analysis of Public Policy
Global Human Trafficking
Quantitative Tools for Policy Analysis
Women and American Political Leadership
Special Topics in Social Policy (Intersectionality, Measurement, and Public Policy)
Special Topics in Social Policy (Social Opportunity and Education Policy)
Special Topics in Social Policy (Urban Education Policy and Practice)
Special Topics in Social Policy (Global Education )
Special Topics in Social Policy (Social Side of College: Understanding the Lived Experiences of Undergraduates )
1 course for the Economic Analysis of Policy cluster from:
Economics of Social Policy
Economics of Inequality and Discrimination
Economics of Education Policy 1
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 communication studies, economics, ethnic studies, 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.

SOC_POL 332-0 Economics of Education Policy cannot be double counted. 

SESP Core (8 units)

Course Title
Seminar—1 unit
SESP 200-0Understanding Knowledge
Human Development—1 unit
SESP 201-0Human Development: Childhood and Adolescence 1
or PSYCH 244-0 Developmental Psychology
SESP 203-0Human Development: Adulthood and Aging
HDC 310-0The 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 2
SESP 392-0Experiential Learning: Practicum
or SESP 389-0 Practicum in Human Development - San Francisco

PSYCH 110-0 Introduction to Psychology is a prerequisite for PSYCH 244-0.


Practicum course must be in concentration field. This 4-unit course may be taken either for 1 quarter during junior year or for nine weeks during the Summer Session before or after 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.

Overlay Requirements*


Overlay requirements are fulfilled by courses taken for the concentration

Course Title
Global Engagement
1 quarter of study abroad or 3 quarters of foreign language or equivalent.
Heterogeneities, Systems, and Inequalities
1 course counted towards the concentration: HDC 305-0, LOC 214-0, LOC 214-BR, LOC 351-0 (Identities, Intersection, and Organizations), LRN_SCI 202-0, LRN_SCI 214-0, LRN_SCI 302-0, LRN_SCI 309-0, SESP 251-0 (Finding Your Path: Future Possibilities and Social Change) and (Community Research Methods: Educational Justice), SESP 317-0, SESP 320-0, SESP 323-0, SESP 324-0, SESP 325-0, SESP 351-0 (Computing, Ethics, and Society or Public Learning Through the Arts), SOC_POL 313-0, SOC_POL 315-0, SOC_POL 331-0, SOC_POL 333-0, SOC_POL 351-0 (Intersectional Identities and Public Policy or Urban Education Policy and Practice) TEACH_ED 302-0, TEACH_ED 351-0 (Cognition and Culture in Teaching and Learning), TEACH_ED 341-0
Methods in Context
1 course counted towards the concentration: HDC 330-0, HDC 351-0 (Mapping and Spatial Analysis for Social Issues), LOC 308-0, LOC 311-0, LRN_SCI 301-0, LRN_SCI 309-0, LRN_SCI 313-0, LRN_SCI 326, LRN_SCI 351-0 (Sports, Technology and Learning), LRN_SCI 372-0, SESP 204-0, SESP 251-0 (Demystifying Quantitative Data and Community Research Methods: Educational Justice), SESP 310-0, SESP 323-0, SESP 324-0, SESP 351-0 (Public Learning or The Life Story Interview) , SOC_POL 330-0, SOC_POL 331-0, SOC_POL 332-0, SOC_POL 333-0, SOC_POL 334-0

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.