Overview

The discipline of sociology offers students an understanding of people, events, social institutions and societies preparing them for a variety of sociology jobs and sociology careers. The requirements for the minor have been tailored to allow interested students to develop an individualized major with an emphasis in sociology.

Minor

Twenty-one (21) credit hours are required for the sociology minor. The requirements for the minor have been tailored to allow interested students to develop an individualized major with an emphasis in sociology.

Required Courses

12 credit hours; All courses listed.

SO 211 Introduction to Sociology
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the basic principles, perspectives and concepts of sociology. Broad overview with emphasis on social structure, social interaction, culture, socialization, groups, formal organization, stratification, social institutions and social change. Fall and Spring, every year.

Campus 3 Credits
SO 212 Contemporary Social Problems
Campus | 3 Credits
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Sociological perspectives on the societal conditions and institutional roots as well as the social consequences of major social problems; includes analysis of assumptions underlying both popular and theoretical explanations of social problems, and policies and programs by which society attempts to alleviate them. Spring, even years.

Campus 3 Credits
SO/SS 410 Contemporary Sociological Theory
Campus | 3 Credits
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Surveys predominant contemporary sociological theories within the broader perspectives of functional analysis, conflict theorizing, interactionism, exchange, and macrostructure theory. Student become familiar with and gain insight into comparing and contrasting theories at both the micro and macro levels of analysis and the historical and philosophical roots of each perspective. As needed. Prerequisites: PH 200 and SO 211.

Campus 3 Credits
SO/SS 415 Research Methods in Social Science
Campus | 3 Credits
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Presents basic principles of research design and the primary techniques used by social scientists in the collection and analysis of data; for example, surveys and polling, observation, experiment, case study and content analysis. Spring, odd years. Prerequisite: SO 211 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits

Required Electives

9 credit hours; All courses listed.

SO 321 The Family
Campus | 3 Credits
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Sociological analysis of the structure and functions of the family in contemporary society; interrelationships and structures; impact of social change on family structure and stability; and current trends in the institution. Focus on industrial societies with some comparative material included. Fall, odd years.

Campus 3 Credits
SO 323 Crime and Deviance
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines the phenomenon of non-normative behavior from several perspectives (e.g., society, social organizations and individuals); includes analysis of the social contexts in which behaviors, individuals and groups come to be labeled as deviant, as well as the influence of historical and political factors; considers sociological theories which explain the occurrence and distribution of deviance; explores approaches to the management of deviance and deviants through social control. As needed. Prerequisite: SO 211 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
SO 324 Racial and Cultural Minorities
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies interracial and interethnic relations, prejudice, discrimination and the changing nature of contacts and problems generated between groups within the social institutions of multiethnic societies. The primary focus is the U.S., with use made of comparative material from several societies. Fall, even years. Prerequisite: SO 211 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
SO 340 Sex, Gender and Society
Campus | 3 Credits
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Examines the changing status and roles of women in various institutional settings in contemporary society; relevant historical, cross-cultural and ethnic comparisons; the social construction of gender concepts; socialization, stereotypes, inequalities in power; traditional division of labor by sex and its relationship to cultural beliefs about gender; parallels with minority status and current social movements. As required. Prerequisite: SO 211 or consent of instructor.

Campus 3 Credits
SO/PS 370 Social Psychology
Campus | 3 Credits
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Studies the way in which people’s thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are influenced by the real or imagined presence of other people. Topics covered include attitudes, conformity, interpersonal relationships, aggression, and prejudice. Prerequisite: PS 111 or SO 211.

Campus 3 Credits

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

 

Career Paths

Combined with other liberal arts majors, a sociology minor would expand your knowledge base and help you pursue graduate study or careers in the following fields:

  • Education
  • Criminal Justice
  • Geography
  • Art
  • International Affairs
  • Languages
  • Law
  • Criminology