Sociology Minor

A minor in sociology 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,  a course (or sequence) in research design and methods,  four elective courses, and a capstone experience.

Coursework & Duration

Prerequisite Course

Course Number Course Name Credits
SO 101
SO 111
Introduction to Sociology
Principles of Sociology
3 credits each

Elective Coursework

  • 12 credits in SO, 200+ level.

Research Methods

Course Number Course Name Credits
Choose one; 3 credits
ST 310 Biostatistics 3 credits
SS 221/222 Research Design & Statistical Analysis I and II 4 credits each
SS 400 Qualitative Methods in Social Science 3 credits

Capstone Experience

Course Number Course Name Credits
Choose one; 3 credits
SO 399
Independent Study  
SO 498
Directed Research  

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.


Jessica M. Sautter, PhD


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