Approved Sociology Upper Division Electives

4 out of the 5 required Sociology upper-division electives can be taken outside of the UCLA Sociology department (UCEAP, other UC courses, other UCLA departments, UCLA Extension etc.). Below you will find a list of UCLA courses that have been approved as Sociology upper-division electives.

If you have already completed (or enrolled in) a course that appears below, please email either Natalie ( or Simbi ( with your UID # and course information.

If you wish to petition a course that doesn’t appear below, first check with either Natalie or Simbi to see if the course has been denied in the past. If the course has never been petitioned, send either Natalie or Simbi an email with the course syllabus, and a 1-2 paragraph justification of how and why the course is Sociological. You may choose to highlight the course readings (if the author is a Sociologist), Sociological theories applied in the course, or similarities between courses offered in the Sociology department and the course you are petitioning. It takes approximately 2-3 business days for a petition to be reviewed, and you will be notified of the result via email.

NOTE: A number of approved courses are variable topics courses, meaning you must have taken the exact course as it appears below.


African American Studies M102/Asian American Studies M160/Honors Collegium M102

African American Studies M107

African American Studies M110A/Ethnomusicology M110A

African American Studies M114E/Political Science M180C

African American Studies M144/Political Science M182

African American Studies M154C/Political Science M184B

African American Studies M158B/History M150B

African American Studies M159P/Anthropology M144P/Asian American Studies M169

African American Studies M173/Chicano Studies M173/Labor and Workplace Studies M173

African American Studies 176

African American Studies 188 (Performances of Race and Disaster)/World Arts and Cultures 120           

African American Studies 188A (Aboard the Mothership: Introduction to Afrofuturism)

African American Studies 188A (Africa and the World)

African American Studies 188A (Bamboozled)

African American Studies 188A (Black Political Thought and the Obama Presidency)

African American Studies 188A (Race, Politics and Transformation in early African American Political Thought)

African American Studies 188A (Racism and Visions of Justice)

African American Studies 188A (Race, Gender, Sex, and Popular Culture)

African American Studies 188A (Issues in Black Popular Culture: From Boyz in the Hood to Lemonade)

African American Studies 188A (Seeing After Freedom)

African American Studies 188A (The Long Civil Rights Movement)

African American Studies C191 (African Americans in Higher Education)

African American Studies C191 (Black Culture, Black Protest)                                                      

African American Studies C191 (Controversy, Confrontation and Creativity: Issues in Black Culture)

African American Studies 194A/Education 194A                                                     

American Indian Studies C120                                                         

American Indian Studies C170                                                         


Anthropology 133F

Anthropology 139 (Medical Anthropology)                                                  

Anthropology 140

Anthropology M144P/African American Studies M159P/Asian American Studies M169                          

Anthropology 147 (Development Anthropology)

Anthropology M149E/Applied Linguistics M125

Anthropology 149 (Citizenship and Migration)

Anthropology 149 (Ecology of Crime) (Formerly 157)                                                        

Anthropology 149 (Gender and Militarism)                                                  

Anthropology 157 (Religion and Urbanism)

Anthropology C169R                                                

Anthropology 172A                                                                                                   

Applied Linguistics M125/Anthropology M149E


Armenian 120                                                


Art History C169 (Architecture and Democracy)


Asian American Studies 103

Asian American Studies 113 

Asian American Studies M119/Labor and Workplace Studies M119           

Asian American Studies 131A                                                          

Asian American Studies 132A

Asian American Studies 133                                                 

Asian American Studies 134 

Asian American Studies M160/African American Studies M102/Honors Collegium M102

Asian American Studies M166A/Labor and Workplace Studies M166A/Chicana and Chicano Studies M156A

Asian American Studies M169/African American Studies M159P/Anthropology M144P

Asian American Studies 171A

Asian American Studies M172/History M174G                                                       


Chicana and Chicano Studies M102/Education M102

Chicana and Chicano Studies CM106/Public Health M106

Chicano and Chicano Studies M106B/Gender Studies M104C/Gerontology M104C/Social Welfare M104C

Chicana and Chicano Studies C107

Chicana and Chicano Studies 109

Chicana and Chicano Studies CM110/Gender Studies CM132A    

Chicana and Chicano Studies 111                                                     

Chicana and Chicano Studies 113

Chicana and Chicano Studies M116/Ethnomusicology M116                                              

Chicana and Chicano Studies 120

Chicana and Chicano Studies M122/ Labor and Workplace Studies M122/Urban Planning M171 

Chicana and Chicano Studies M124/Honors Collegium M143

Chicana and Chicano Studies M125/Labor and Workplace Studies M125

Chicana and Chicano Studies M127/Labor and Workplace Studies M127

Chicana and Chicano Studies 143

Chicana and Chicano Studies CM147/Gender Studies M147C                                                       

Chicana and Chicano Studies 148                                                     

Chicana and Chicano Studies 153

Chicana and Chicano Studies M156A/Labor and Workplace Studies M166A/Asian American Studies M166A

Chicana and Chicano Studies 157

Chicana and Chicano Studies M159A/History M151A                                                        

Chicana and Chicano Studies 165

Chicana and Chicano Studies 168A                                                  

Chicana and Chicano Studies 172

Chicana and Chicano Studies M173/Labor and Workplace Studies M173/African American Studies M173

Chicana and Chicano Studies 188 (Youth, Culture, and Social Change)                                                     

Chicana and Chicano Studies 191 (Exploring Unequal Los Angeles: Race and Place)                                

Chicana and Chicano Studies 193                                                                                                     


Civic Engagement M122/Honors Collegium M123

Civic Engagement 152

Civic Engagement 170SL (formerly 133SL)                                                  


Communication 100

Communication 106

Communication 107

Communication 110

Communication 111

Communication 114

Communication 116                                                   

Communication 156

Communication 160                                                   

Communication 178                                                   


Community Health Sciences 100                                                       

Community Health Sciences 179


Comparative Literature M166/Jewish Studies M151A                                                         


Digital Humanities 150 (Algorithms and Protocols in Cyberspace)                                                  


Disability Studies 101W

Disability Studies M125/Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies M125                          

Disability Studies M166/Society and Genetics M166                                                           

Disability Studies M171/Honors Collegium M170                                       


Economics 107                                                           

Economics 173A and 173B (Social Enterprise Academy)                                                    


Education M102/Chicana and Chicano Studies M102

Education 122

Education 130

Education 133

Education C160

Education 164                                                            

Education 187 (Educational Perspectives of Relational Practices in Modern Medicine)                             

Education 191A (Identities Related to Immigration and Citizenship)                                                         

Education 191A (Race and Gender)                                                 

Education 191A (Race, Class and Sexuality)

Education 194A/African American Studies 194A

Education 195CE                                                      


Ethnomusicology 175

Ethnomusicology M110A/African American Studies M110A

Ethnomusicology M116/Chicana and Chicano Studies M116


Film and TV M124/Gender Studies M124

Gender Studies 103

Gender Studies 104

Gender Studies M114/Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies M114

Gender Studies M124/Film and TV M124    

Gender Studies CM132A/Chicana and Chicano Studies CM110

Gender Studies M147/Chicana and Chicano Studies CM147

Gender Studies M165/Psychology M165                              

Gender Studies 185 (Cultures of Consumption)                                                       

Gender Studies 185 (Gender, Law and Health)                                                        

Gender Studies 185 (Gender, Religion and Social Movements in Korea)                                                    

Gender Studies 185 (Performing Health: Transnational Perspectives)                                                          

Gender Studies 185 (Sporting Bodies)                                                          

Gender Studies 185 (Theorizing Radical Future: Queer of Color Critique and Cultural Production)

Gender Studies 185 (Trauma and Culture)                                                    

Gender Studies 185 (Women of Color in Social Movements)                                                                      


Geography 143                                                          

Geography 151


Gerontology M108/ Social Welfare M108

Gerontology M140/Social Welfare M140/Psychology M140                                               


Global Studies 100B                                                  


History 131A

History 140C

History 141B

History 142D

History 146B/Labor and Workplace Studies 188 (American Working Class Movements)

History M150B/African American Studies M158B

History M151A/Chicana and Chicano Studies M159A

History M151B/Chicana and Chicano Studies M159B                                                        

History M155/Chicana and Chicano Studies M183                                                  

History 162A                                                 

History 172B

History M174G/Asian American Studies M172                                           

History 174F                                                  

History 191D (Mass Incarceration)                                       


Honors Collegium M102/African American Studies M102/Asian American Studies M160

Honors Collegium 105                                                           

Honors Collegium 110                                                           

Honors Collegium 113                                                           

Honors Collegium 119 (Hollywood & Cultural Diversity)   

Honors Collegium M123/Civic Engagement M122                                      

Honors Collegium 131                                                           

Honors Collegium 132                                                           

Honors Collegium 140


Honors Collegium M143/Chicana and Chicano Studies M124

Honors Collegium M170/Disability Studies M171


Information Studies 180 (Algorithms and Activism)                                                


International Development Studies 110 (formerly 100A) and M100B

International Development Studies M120 (formerly M100B)/Political Science M167C

International and Area Studies 160 (Iran and Israel in the Changing Middle East)                                     

International and Area Studies 160 (Iran in Middle East: Between Doctrine and Interests)                                   


Iranian M105C/Religion M105C                                                       


Islamic Studies M110/Religion M109                                                           


Jewish Studies M142/Middle Eastern Studies M142                                                

Jewish Studies M144/Middle Eastern Studies M144                                                

Jewish Studies M151A/Comparative Literature M166                                                         


Korean 153                                                    


Labor and Workplace Studies 101

Labor and Workplace Studies M119/Asian American Studies M119

Labor and Workplace Studies M122/Chicana and Chicano Studies M122/Urban Planning M171

Labor and Workplace Studies M125/Chicana and Chicano Studies M125

Labor and Workplace Studies M127/Chicana and Chicano Studies M127                                                  

Labor and Workplace Studies M166A/Chicana and Chicano Studies M156A/Asian American Studies M166

Labor and Workplace Studies M173/African American Studies M173/Chicano Studies M173      

Labor and Workplace Studies 188 (American Working Class Movements)

Labor and Workplace Studies 188 (Immigration Debate through Film)                                                       

Labor and Workplace Studies 188 (Social Movements and Labor)


Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies M114/Gender Studies M114

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies M125/Disability Studies M125  

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies 170                                                          

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies 180SL                                                     

Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Studies 181 (Queer Chicano Literature)

Life Science M174/ Psychology M174 


Middle Eastern Studies M142/Jewish Studies M142

Middle Eastern Studies M144/ Jewish Studies M144/

Middle Eastern Studies 177 (Iran and Israel, 1948 to 2015: from Allies to Adversaries)                            

Middle Eastern Studies M178/Religion M178 (Settlement in Israeli History)                                                         

Music Industry 101                                                    

Music Industry 105                                                    


Political Science 116B                                                           

Political Science 154B                                                           

Political Science 159B

Political Science M180C/African American Studies M114E                                                

Political Science 181

Political Science M182/African American Studies M144

Political Science M184B/African American Studies M154C                                    

Political Science 191A (Political Theory: Social Movements, Populism, and Migration)                             


Psychology 127A                                                       

Psychology 129E                                                       

Psychology 133G                                                       

Psychology 135

Psychology M140/Gerontology M140/Social Welfare M140                                               

Psychology M165/Gender M165   

Psychology M174/ Life Science M174                             

Psychology 188A (Society, Culture and Human Development)                                                       


Public Health M106/Chicana and Chicano Studies CM106


Public Policy 191 (Civil Society & Philanthropy: The Case for Higher Education)/Social Welfare 191                                                      

Religion M105C/Iranian M105C

Religion M109/Islamic Studies M110

Religion 177 (New Religious Movements in America)                                                         

Religion M178 (Settlement in Israeli History)/Middle Eastern Studies M178


Scandinavian C180                                                    


Social Welfare 100A                                                  

Social Welfare 100B                                                  

Social Welfare 102     

Social Welfare M104C/Gender Studies M104C/Gerontology M104C/Chicano Studies M106B                

Social Welfare M108/Gerontology M108

Social Welfare M140/Psychology M140/Gerontology M140                                   

Social Welfare 191/Public Policy 191 (Civil Society & Philanthropy: The Case for Higher Education)                                                                                                      

Society and Genetics 101                                                      

Society and Genetics 105A                                                   

Society and Genetics 105B

Society and Genetics 134                                                      

Society and Genetics 162                                                      

Society and Genetics 164                                                      

Society and Genetics 165      

Society and Genetics M166/Disability Studies M166                                               

Society and Genetics 180 (Contemporary Metabolism at the Intersection of Nutrition, Data & Society)


Southeast Asian 140                                                  

Urban Planning 120                                                   

Urban Planning 141

Urban Planning M171/Chicana and Chicano Studies M122/Labor and Workplace Studies M122


World Arts and Culture 100A                                                           

World Arts and Cultures 100B                                                          

World Arts and Cultures 120/African American Studies 188 (Performances of Race and Disaster)