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Social Sciences Minor

A minor in social sciences will supplement your major or professional degree by providing interdisciplinary perspectives to understand and interact with people and society. Your minor advisor will guide you to select courses that form a common intellectual bond among your areas of interest.

Transferrable skills emphasized in this department include critical thinking, problem solving, communication, teamwork, and research with human subjects.

All minors require a prerequisite introductory course, twelve credits in elective coursework a course (or sequence) in research design or statistical analysis and an independent study or directed research capstone experience.

Coursework & Duration

Prerequisite Course

One of the following introductory social science courses:

Course Number Course Name Credit
AN 103 Introduction to Anthropology 3 credits
CO 101 Introduction to Communication 3 credits
EC 101 Introduction to Macroeconomics 3 credits
SO 101 Introduction to Sociology 3 credits
SO 111 Principles of Sociology 3 credits

Elective Coursework

Course Number Course Name Credits
12 credits from any of our disciplines at 200+ level, e.g.:
SO 347
Death & Dying 3 credits
AN 301
Medical Anthropology 3 credits
SS 321
Intercultural Health Communication 3 credits
PS 329
Cognitive Psychology 3 credits

Research Methods or Statistical Analysis

Course Number Course Name Credits
Choose one; 3 credits minimum:
ST 310 Introduction to Biostatistics 3 credits
SS 221/SS 222*
Research Design & Statistical Analysis I, II 4 credits each
SS 400 Quantitative Methods 3 credits
OT 650 Applied Research Methods 3 credits
*SS 221/222 requires both courses in sequence. 

Independent Study or Directed Research

Course Number Course Name Credits
Choose one; 3 credits
AN 399 or
CO 399 or 
SS 399
Independent Study must complete
3 credits total
AN 498 or
Directed Research in Anthropology 3 credits
CO 498 or
Directed Research in Communications 3 credits
SO 498 or
Directed Research in Sociology 3 credits
SS 498 or
Directed Research in Social Science 3 credits

Requirements & Expectations

  • Minors must be declared by drop/add of the first semester of the last didactic year (U4 or P3)
  • A maximum of 6 credits may overlap with your major or another minor (e.g., ST 310 Biostatistics)
  • A maximum of 6 credits (with grade C or better) may be taken at another institution, with prior approval from the department chair.
  • Cumulative minor GPA of 2.0 is required to graduate with minor.


Michelle Ramirez, PhD


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