Sociology Minor

The sociology minor provides students with a better understanding of what makes people and groups behave as they do. It examines social life, social change and the social causes and consequences of human behavior.

Unique Features

Courses for this minor provide an overview of social science research and theory, marriage and family dynamics, social psychology, social issues and public policy. Optional courses cover a wide area of interests that can compliment many other disciplines.

Our Graduates

The sociology minor provides tools that are useful in any career field that interacts with people, or that observes human behavior for any purpose. Specific careers include social services, journalism and governmental affairs, personnel management, missions and community development.


General Education Prerequisites

  • SOC-120 Introduction to Sociology (3)

Required Courses (18-19 Units)

  • LEAD-476 Internship (3)
  • SOC-461 Introduction to Social Science Research (3)
  • SOC-470 Introduction to Sociocultural Theory (3)

Select one or more of the following:

  • SOC-400 Social Psychology (3)
  • SOC-410 American Ethnicity and Pluralism (3)

Select one or more of the following:

  • SOC-350 Marriage and Family (3)
  • SOC-360 Sociology of Religion (3)
  • SOC-370 Media and Society (3)
  • SOC-371 Criminology(3)
  • SOC-374 Law and Society(3)

Select 3-4 additional units from the courses not already selected above and/or from the courses below to meet individual needs or interests:

  • SOC-372 Juvenile Deliquency and Justice (3)
  • SOC-373 Corrections (3)
  • SOC-375 Organizational Behavior (3)
  • SOC-420 Intercultural Communication (3)
  • SOC-430 Conflict Management and Resolution (3)
  • SOC-440 Lifecourse Development (3)
  • SOC-442 Social Gerontology (3)
  • SOC-450 Social Problems and Public Policy (3)

Further Information

Students interested in a minor in sociology should complete their prerequisite courses during their freshmen and sophomore years.

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