Be prepared to be an engaged citizen who can speak confidently across a range of contemporary social issues with a minor in Sociology. Learn to think deeply about current social problems, issues of social difference, structures of social institutions and more generally about inequality and power in society. This minor will introduce you to a variety of sociological concepts, frameworks, and theories that address individuals, groups, organizations, institutions, and societies, leaving you prepared to think critically about society and the social worlds we inhabit.
Students who complete this minor will be able to:
- Discuss the ways in which culture and social structure shape individual lives.
- Identify and analyze contemporary social questions using diverse social theories.
- Articulate how intersections of race, ethnicity, gender, class, nation, sexuality and other categories of difference shape society at an individual level, an institutional level and at a cultural level.
- Demonstrate a critical awareness of social justice and collective activism.
SIAS majors are designed to allow a student to earn a minor without additional credits beyond that required for graduation. This minor is open to students from all majors. Majors the Sociology minor complements include American Studies, Business, Criminal Justice, EGLS, PPE, Psychology, Urban Studies, and Social Welfare. See your program advisor for more information.
To declare your minor, complete the Request to Declare/Change a Major or Minor form and submit it to the Office of the Registrar. You must have earned a minimum of 45 credits and declared a major before declaring a minor. For general questions, contact your advisor. For questions about the minor, contact the Sociology minor coordinator, Assistant Professor Natalie Jolly.
Sociology minor course requirements
The sociology minor requires 25 credits.
All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of 2.0. At least 15 credits must be from upper-division courses. No more than 10 credits, or 40%, of coursework can be counted towards both the Sociology minor and another major or minor.
Foundational Sociological Coursework (10 credits)
- TSOC 165 Introduction to Sociology
- TSOC 434 Women, Race, and Class: Identity and Intergroup Relations
Topical Coursework in Sociology (15 credits)
- TAMST 440 Gender and American Childhood
- TCRIM 155 Media, Crime and Justice
- TCRIM 225 Diversity and Social Justice in Criminology
- TCRIM 271 Introduction to the Sociology of Deviance and Social Control
- TCRIM 362 Criminological Theory
- TEGL 266 Introduction to Labor Studies
- TEGL 435 Migration in the Modern World: Migrants, Immigrants, and Refugees
- TSOC 265 Race and Ethnicity in the United States
- TSOC 270 Introduction to Asian American: Sociological and Interdisciplinary Perspectives
- TSOC 335 Social Class and Inequality
- TSOC 346 The History of Childhood and the Family in the United States
- TSOC 369 Diversity in Adulthood
- TSOC 432 Schooling in the United States
- TSOC 433 Household and Family in Comparative Perspective
- TSOC 436 History of Social Welfare Policy in the United States
- TSOC 437 Immigration Today
- TSOC 439 Fieldwork and Interviewing in Communities
- TSOC 446 Family Relationships and Diversity Family Forms in the United States
- TSOC 447 AIDS and American Society
- TSOC 455 The Sociology of Gender
- TSOC 456 Rural Societies and Development
- TSOC 460 Demographic Methods: Analyzing Race, Class, and Gender
- TSOC 470 Qualitative Research: Inquiry and Methods
- TURB 312 Race and Poverty in the United States
- TURB 340 Urban Social Change
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