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Academic Catalog 2022-2023 
Academic Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology, Minor

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The minor in sociology helps to hones students’ sociological imagination, which draws the connection between social structures and individual actions.  In doing so, the sociology minor provides an exploration of the role that culture, social institutions, and everyday interaction play in our lives, especially in regards to how these shape identity, behavior, social systems, and social inequality. This exploration of culture and social life enhances other areas of study and builds a foundation for students to interested in civic and community engagement, and careers in law, social services and related fields.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Employ the sociological imagination to describe how an individuals’ life experiences are shaped by social structures and categories (e.g., race, class, gender, sexuality)
  • Identify and describe the theories and research methods that are foundational to sociological knowledge and research
  • Apply sociological concepts and theories to understand contemporary social issues and/or public debates about these issues
  • Communicate sociological concepts and/or research in a manner that is appropriate for the intended audience (e.g., academic, lay audience)
  • Apply sociological theories and/or research methods to generate a sociological understanding of a topic related to a main theme in the sociological curriculum (e.g., intersectionality, identity, social control, social power)
  • Prepare original works that meet American Sociological Association writing standards to convey sociological analyses

Minor Requirements: 18-20 Credits

The Sociology minor must complete the following courses with a grade of C- or better and maintain a 2.0 average in the major.

One of the Following: 2-4 Credits

Additional Credits

  • Twelve additional credits in sociology, which must include at least eight credits of 300+ level courses. Anthropology courses by approval.


Any student interested in a Sociology minor should consult with a faculty member in the Sociology Department before the end of the sophomore year.

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