Minor Overview

Through a minor in sociology, you’ll explore the diverse communities and social groups that make up our society, and also examine the many factors influencing their behaviors—from work opportunity and educational attainment, to health care availability, law enforcement policies and pop-culture trends. You’ll understand how factors such as these determine social relationships and organization, and learn how various economic and political forces affect the creation of social legislation and the availability of resources.

You will choose from a variety of elective courses that enable you to focus the minor on topics that not only align with your academic interests and career goals, but also broaden your perspective in your chosen field. Courses in family dynamics, gender, race, immigration and deviance complement such majors as anthropology and criminal justice. The ability to examine broader social trends and apply observations in everyday interactions is a crucial skill for social workers, members of law enforcement and educators at all levels. 

Curriculum and Requirements

For the sociology minor, students are welcome to work with the department chair to select 18 credits of course work that align with the student’s interests in the field. A student majoring in criminal justice or gerontology can minor in sociology. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward the major. Courses for the major may not count toward the minor.