The Sociology minor consists of six courses.
SOC101 - Sociological Imagination
This course is designed to help students develop their ability to think critically about the world around them using the framework of sociology. Students explore the relationship between individual and society – how personal experience is shaped by social forces, but also how society is created and changed through individual interaction. The focus is on the interrelationships of groups, social organization, and social institutions such as education, religion, family, and the economic and political order.X
SOC221 - Contemporary Social Problems
This course examines conditions and issues that result in tension and disorder. Examples drawn primarily from American society include: labeling and social control of deviants, oppression of minorities, poverty, violence, ageism, and ecological concerns. Prerequisite: SOC 101.X
SOC335 - Social Policy
This course examines historical and contemporary factors influencing the making of social policy and introduces the student to processes used to identify and solve social problems. Special attention is given to the relationships of values to social policy and the impact of social policy decisions on the provision of social and human services. Approaches to the analysis of social policy are examined. Prerequisite: Any 200 Level Sociology course.X
Choose four additional Sociology courses, at least two of which must be 200-level or higher*: 12 credits
*Courses closely related to Sociology may also count, pending permission of the chair of Social Sciences. Students planning to attend graduate school in Sociology are strongly urged to take the following two courses: SOC 310 Sociological Perspectives and SOC 331 Research Methods in the Social Sciences.
Credit Requirements for minor: 18 credits.