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Programs of Concentration (PofCs) - All Majors Except B.S. Engineering Majors

Two Programs of Concentration (PofCs) are required:

  • Each must contain six four-unit courses, three of which must be upper-division (numbered 100+) unless noted
  • Must be non-contiguous (unrelated) to the major and to each other
  • At least two courses from each PofC must be taken at UC San Diego

Additionally:

  • Courses may be taken Pass/Not Pass
  • No more than three language courses may be applied to a PofC
  • Upper-division major courses may not overlap PofC or other general education requirements
  • Rady School of Management (MGT) courses may not be used - see an academic counselor if pursuing a Business minor in lieu of a PofC

Watch our instructional videos for further information regarding selecting your PofCs for:

Choosing Programs of Concentration

The major, combined with your two PofCs, must represent all three disciplines:

  1. Humanities and Fine Arts
  2. Natural Sciences, Math and Engineering
  3. Social Sciences

Contact Warren Advising during walk-in advising or on the Virtual Advising Center to have your choices added to your degree audit.  We recommend declaring by the end of your second year.

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All Major Departments Except B.S. Engineering Majors

Step 1 - Find the discipline representing your major

Humanities and
Fine Arts

  • Chinese Studies
  • Classical Studies
  • Critical Gender Studies (see counselor)
  • German Studies
  • History
  • International Studies (Hist, Lit)
  • Italian Studies
  • Japanese Studies
  • Jewish Studies
  • Latin American Studies
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
  • Study of Religion
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Third World Studies
  • Visual Arts

Natural Sciences, Math and Engineering

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Science (see counselor)
  • Computer Science (B.A. only)
  • Data Science
  • Environmental Systems
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Public Health (see counselor)
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Social Sciences


  • Anthropology
  • Cognitive Science (see counselor)
  • Communication
  • Critical Gender Studies (see counselor)
  • Economics
  • Education Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Global Health
  • Human Developmental Sciences
  • International Studies (Anth, Bus, Econ, Ling, Poli, Soci)
  • Linguistics
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Public Health (see counselor)
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies and Planning

Programs of Concentration (PofC)

Step 2 - Choose two PofCs, one from each of the two disciplines not represented by your major discipline

Humanities and
Fine Arts

  • Foreign Language and Culture*
  • Health Care - Social Issues*
  • History
  • Humanities*+
  • Law and Society*
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Visual Arts

Natural Sciences, Math and Engineering

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Cognitive Science#
  • Environmental Studies*
  • Fundamentals of Biology*
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Science and Technology*+
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Business*
  • Cognitive Science#
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Education Studies*
  • Environmental Studies*
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Health Care - Social Issues*
  • Human Developmental Sciences*
  • Law and Society*
  • Linguistics/General
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Perspectives of Social Science*+
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies and Planning

# Cognitive Science may be chosen as a PofC in only one discipline. Cognitive Science majors are not eligible to choose Cognitive Science as one of their PofCs.

* Specialized PofCs require specific courses.

+ You may only choose one of the following PofCs: Humanities, Science and Technology, or Perspectives of Social Science.

Fulfilling a Program of Concentration with a Minor

Minors may be used in lieu of PofCs when they are non-contiguous to your major discipline.

  • For example, a student with a Biology major can complete a Psychology minor in lieu of a social science PofC because Psychology falls within the discipline of the social sciences.
  • An interdisciplinary minor may count in lieu of a PofC if at least four of the minor courses are from the discipline that the PofC will replace. Meet with a Warren academic counselor if you plan on completing an interdisciplinary minor. 
  • A business minor may be used in lieu of a Social Science PofC only when a student completes three upper-division social science (non-MGT) courses approved for the minor.

A student may overlap the equivalent of two applicable upper-division courses (a maximum of eight units) between a major and a minor.

Interdisciplinary PofCs

Interdisciplinary PofCs

Requires six courses, three of which must be upper division.


In order to categorize as either Humanities and Fine Arts or Social Sciences, four of the six courses must be chosen from the discipline in which your PofC will be used. 


Language courses, if allowed for the PofC, count as humanities/fine arts courses:

  • maximum of three language courses can be used for a Humanities and Fine Arts interdisciplinary PofC
  • maximum of two language courses can be used for a Social Science interdisciplinary PofC 

See an academic counselor for approved courses:

Specialized Humanities and Fine Arts PofCs

Foreign Language and Culture

Requires three foreign language courses (a minimum of 12 units) in one language. 


Requires three upper-division Humanities and Fine Arts courses in the study of that culture.


You may have difficulty finding upper-division courses in the study of the culture of some languages. See an academic counselor with questions.

Health Care - Social Issues

Required courses:

  1. SOCI 40
  2. PHIL 163
  3. One of the following:  USP 143, 144, 145, or 147

Three courses (at least one must be upper-division) from:

  • History:  HILD 30
  • History of Science:  HISC 108, 109, 115, 116, 119, 180
  • Philosophy:  PHIL 147, 148, 151, 162, 164, 173

Humanities

Requires any combination of six four-unit courses, three of which must be upper-division, from:

  • History
  • Literature
  • Music
  • Philosophy
  • Study of Religion
  • Theatre and Dance
  • Visual Arts

Other courses, if applicable, may be petitioned prior to taking the course(s).

Linguistics/Language courses are not allowed.

May not be used if Perspectives of Social Science or Science and Technology is your other PofC.

Law and Society

Maximum of 2 Social Science courses including required courses

Required courses:

One course: POLI 40 or SOCI 50 or HILD 50 or PHIL 50

Humanities courses:

  • HISC 131
  • HITO 134
  • HIUS 128, 150, 151, 152A, 152B, 153, 155A, 155B, 169
  • PHIL 10, 138, 162, 163, 165, 167, 168

Social Science courses:

  • ANSC 123, 131, 140, 141
  • COMM 109E, 114F, 114M, 114N
  • ECON 118, 119
  • ETHN 152, 162
  • LAWS 102S
  • LIGN 105, 176
  • POLI 13D, 104A, 104B, 104C, 104D, 104E, 104F, 104G, 104I, 104J, 104K, 104L, 104M, 104N, 140A, 140D, 145A, 150A
  • PSYC 162, 164
  • SOCI 140, 140F, 141, 142, 144, 145, 146, 152, 160E, 163
  • USP 121, 122, 123, 124

Can apply as either Humanities or Social Science courses:

  • CGS 106, 123
  • LAWS 101

ANSC 100, HIUS 181, SOCI 120T topical courses are acceptable but must be law-related. Check with Warren College prior to taking the course(s) to ensure they will be accepted. 

Specialized Natural Sciences, Math, and Engineering PofCs

Environmental Studies

Required courses:

  1. ENVR 30
  2. ENVR 110

Four courses (at least two must be upper-division) from:

  • Biology of Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution:  BIEB 121, 131, 140, 166, 176
  • Biology:  BILD 3
  • Chemistry:  CHEM 15, 171, 173
  • Environmental Studies:  ENVR 102, 120
  • Environmental Systems:  ESYS 101, 102, 103
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering:  MAE 118
  • Physics:  PHYS 12
  • Scripps Institution of Oceanography:  SIO 10, 12, 15, 16, 20, 30, 35, 110, 150

May not be used if Environmental Studies-Social Science is your other PofC.

Fundamentals of Biology

Requires any six four-unit, lower-division Biology courses. 


Recommended courses for non-science majors:

  • Biology:  BILD 7, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 26, 36, 38

More advanced courses are allowed.

Science and Technology

Requires six four-unit, lower-division courses, with a maximum of three from a single department.


Recommended courses: *Some advanced lower and upper-division courses may apply (see academic counselor).

  • *Biology:  BILD 7, 10, 12, 16, 18, 20, 22, 26, 36, 38
  • *Chemistry:  CHEM 4 or 11, 12, 13
  • Cognitive Science:  COGS 1, 3, 8, 9, 11, 17, 18
  • Computer Science and Engineering:  CSE 3, 5A, 8A, 8B, 11
  • *Data Science: DSC 10, 20, 30
  • Electrical and Computer Engineering:  ECE 5, 15, 25, 30
  • Environmental Studies:  ENVR 30
  • Environmental Systems:  ESYS 10
  • Linguistics:  LIGN 17
  • Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering:  MAE 5, 8
  • Music:  MUS 7
  • *Physics:  PHYS 5, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13
  • *Scripps Institution of Oceanography:  SIO 1-96

May not be used if Humanities or Perspectives of Social Science is your other PofC.

Specialized Social Science PofCs

Business

Requires three courses from:

  • MGT 16, 18, 45, 103, 112, 181

Requires three upper-division courses approved for the minor from:

  • Communication
  • Psychology
  • Sociology

If pursuing a business minor in lieu of a PofC, see an academic counselor regarding allowable courses.

Education Studies

Requires at least six courses, with a minimum of 12 units (three four-unit) EDS courses, for a total of 24 units, chosen from the following:

  • Anthropology:  Sociocultural Anthropology:  ANSC 122, 162, 163
  • Cognitive Science:  COGS 154
  • Communication:  COMM 102, 110I, 168
  • Economics:  ECON 147
  • Education Studies:  EDS 112, 113, 114, 115, 116, 117, 118, 125, 126, 128A/139, 129A/139, 129B/139, 129C/139, 130/139, 131/139, 133/139, 135, 136/139, 137/139, 140/139, 141/139
  • Education Studies/Linguistics:  EDS/LIGN 119
  • Ethnic Studies:  ETHN 140, 141, 144
  • Human Development Program:  HDP 1, 135
  • Psychology:  PSYC 101
  • Sociology:  SOCI 117, 126

Environmental Studies

Required courses:

  1. ENVR 30
  2. ENVR 110

Four courses from:

  • Anthropology:  Archaeology:  ANAR 182
  • Anthropology:  Sociocultural Anthropology:  ANSC 160
  • Communication:  COMM 171
  • Economics:  ECON 131, 132, 145
  • Environmental Studies:  ENVR 102, 140
  • Ethnic Studies:  ETHN 103
  • Political Science:  POLI 140E, 125A, 162
  • Sociology:  SOCI 149
  • Urban Studies and Planning:  USP 2, 124, 144, 171

May not be used if Environmental Studies - Natural Science is your other PofC.

Health Care - Social Issues

Required courses:

  1. SOCI 40
  2. PHIL 163
  3. One course from:  USP 143, 144, 145, or 147

Three courses (at least one must be upper division) from:

  • Anthropology:  ANTH 2
  • Anthropology:  Biological Anthropology:  ANBI 100*, 120, 130, 141
  • Anthropology:  Sociocultural Anthropology:  ANSC 100*, 101, 105, 143, 144, 146, 148, 164
  • Critical Gender Studies: CGS 107
  • Cognitive Science:  COGS 174
  • Communication: COMM 108D
  • Economics:  ECON 140, 141
  • Ethnic Studies:  ETHN 102, 142, 157
  • Family Medicine and Public Health: FPMU 40, 50
  • Global Health: GLBH 181
  • Linguistics: LIGN 146
  • Psychology:  PSYC 2, 60, 100, 104, 124, 132, 134, 154, 155, 168, 169, 172, 179, 181, 188
  • Sociology:  SOCI 60, 70, 107, 113, 120T*, 134E, 135, 136E-F, 138, 159*, 173
  • Urban Studies and Planning:  USP 143, 144, 145, 147, 149

*ANBI 100, ANSC 100, SOCI 120T and SOCI 159 must be health related. Approved topics will be listed on the program website.

Human Developmental Sciences

Required course:

  1. HDP 1

Five upper-division Human Developmental Sciences courses from:

  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Human Developmental Sciences
  • Linguistics (LIGN)
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies and Development

Law and Society

Maximum of 2 Humanities courses including required courses

Required courses:

One course: POLI 40 or SOCI 50 or HILD 50 or PHIL 50

Humanities courses:

  • HISC 131
  • HITO 134
  • HIUS 128, 150, 151, 152A, 152B, 153, 155A, 155B, 169
  • PHIL 10, 138, 162, 163, 165, 167, 168

Social Science courses:

  • ANSC 123, 131, 140, 141
  • COMM 109E, 114F, 114M, 114N
  • ECON 118, 119
  • ETHN 152, 162
  • LAWS 102S
  • LIGN 105, 176
  • POLI 13D, 104A, 104B, 104C, 104D, 104E, 104F, 104G, 104I, 104J, 104K, 104L, 104M, 104N, 140A, 140D, 145A, 150A
  • PSYC 162, 164
  • SOCI 140, 140F, 141, 142, 144, 145, 146, 152, 160E, 163
  • USP 121, 122, 123, 124

Can apply as either Humanities or Social Science courses:

  • CGS 106, 123
  • LAWS 101

ANSC 100, HIUS 181, SOCI 120T topical courses are acceptable but must be law-related. Check with Warren College prior to taking the course(s) to ensure they will be accepted.

Linguistics and Language

Required Course:

  1. LIGN 101
  2. Two courses in one language, level 1B/1BX and 1C/1CX or higher
  3. Three Linguistics/General (LIGN) courses, at least two of which must be upper-division.

For American Sign Language: ASL 1C/CX or ASL 1D/DX; LIGN 7, 101; and three Linguistics/General (LIGN) courses; at least two of which must be upper-division.

Perspectives of Social Science

Requires any combination of six four-unit courses, three of which must be upper-division from:

  • Anthropology
  • Communication
  • Economics
  • Education Studies
  • Ethnic Studies
  • Human Development Program
  • Linguistics/General (LIGN)
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Sociology
  • Urban Studies and Planning

This PofC does not meet minor requirements.

May not be used if Humanities or Science and Technology is your other PofC.