Minors

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Undergraduate students may choose the Minor in Sociology, Minor in Criminology, Minor in Social Justice or Minor in Society, Medicine and Health.

Sociology Minors

All minors require 18 credit hours and minimum 2.0 GPA.

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A Minor in Sociology helps students prepare for a wide variety of professional careers as well as active, enlightened participation in local, national and world affairs. Required courses: SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology and five sociology electives (four must be at the 300- or 400-level). 

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The Minor in Criminology focuses on the nature and cause of crime, the behavior of criminals and how society reacts to crime and criminals. Required courses: SOC 206 Social Problems, SOC 307 Criminology and four electives.

Minor in Criminology Electives

  • SOC 311 Drugs & Society
  • SOC 317 Criminal Justice Systems
  • SOC 319 Juvenile Justice
  • SOC 327 Victims & Victimization
  • SOC 337 Sociology of Punishment
  • SOC 339 Crime & the Life Course
  • SOC 343 Gender & Crime
  • SOC 345 Sociology of Deviance
  • SOC 347 Schools & Crime
  • SOC 356 Green Criminology
  • SOC 357 Race, Crime & Criminal Justice
  • SOC 366 Crime & Popular Culture
  • SOC 373 Law & Society
  • SOC 387 Race & Racism
  • SOC 388 Communities & Crime
  • SOC 396 Global Criminology
  • SOC 482 Advanced Topics in Social Justice, Crime, and Law
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Students with an interest in the causes and consequence of social injustices will learn how to analyze these injustices, then apply this knowledge in a required internship. Required courses: SOC 206 Social Problems, SOC 496 Internship Program and four electives.

Minor in Social Justice Electives

Four electives from this list (three of which must be at the 300 or 400-level):

  • SOC 101, Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 202, Introduction to Social Welfare
  • SOC 211, Sociology of Diversity
  • SOC 239, Sociology of Happiness
  • SOC 309, Social Change
  • SOC 314, Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 319, Juvenile Justice
  • SOC 324, Sociology of Immigration
  • SOC 328, Social Inequality
  • SOC 331, Wealth and Poverty
  • SOC 337, Sociology of Punishment
  • SOC 341, Environment and Society
  • SOC 360, Political Sociology
  • SOC 362, Families and Inequality
  • SOC 363, Families and Public Policy
  • SOC 378, Social Inequalities & Health
  • SOC 384, Social Movements
  • SOC 385, Neighborhoods and Health
  • SOC 387, Race and Racism
  • SOC 446, Advanced Topics in Environmental Sociology
  • SOC 467, Sociology of Social Policy

One of the four electives for the Social Justice Minor may come from this list:

  • SSC 428, Health Law
  • SSC 442, Environmental Movements
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Minor in Society, Medicine and Health

The Minor in Society, Medicine and Health focuses on the socio-demographic, cultural, political and ethical contexts that underlie the medical profession and para-professions, and the social structure of health and health policy. Required courses: SOC 229 Population Problems, SOC 322 Medical Sociology or SOC 477 Sociology of Health Care, and four electives (three of which must be at the 300 or 400-level).

Minor in Society, Medicine and Health Electives

Four electives from this list:

  • SOC 239, Sociology of Happiness
  • SOC 304, Sociology of Aging
  • SOC 308, Life Course Sociology
  • SOC 311, Drugs and Society
  • SOC 314, Sociology of Gender
  • SOC 322, Medical Sociology
  • SOC 328, Social Inequality
  • SOC 331, Sociology of Wealth & Poverty
  • SOC 341, Environment and Society
  • SOC 358, Sociology of Food
  • SOC 362, Families and Inequality
  • SOC 378, Social Inequalities & Health
  • SOC 382, Sociology of Death and Dying
  • SOC 385, Neighborhoods and Health
  • SOC 446, Environmental Sociology
  • SOC 457, Social Policies for Aging Societies
  • SOC 467, Sociology of Social Policy
  • SOC 477, Sociology of Health Care

 

One of the four electives for the Society, Medicine, and Health Minor may come from this list:

  • SSC 103, Introduction to Health and Human Services
  • SSC 218, Issues in Mental Health
  • SSC 407, Health Care and the Elderly
  • SSC 420, Child Mental Health
  • END 308, Health and Urban Environments

*At least three of the electives for the minor must be at the 300/400 level

Why do you recommend a sociology minor?

"I think sociology really complements a wide range of majors, including the “hard” sciences. There’s a high demand for people who are skilled in terms of the approaches used in the social sciences and methodology, statistics and programming."
– Karen E., BA '11

Best Undergraduate Student Paper Award

Sociology minors in good standing are invited each year to submit term papers or sociological research projects (including Honors theses and Independent Study final papers) written within the current academic year for consideration.

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