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Sociology: a study in societal relationships.

Sociology is the study of social relationships. Sociologists examine how relationships among individuals, families, groups, communities, organizations and nations are created, maintained and changed. Sociologists study the origin and extent of social problems and explore ways of addressing those problems. Adding a sociology minor to another major is useful for anyone pursuing a career in business, criminal justice and law, education, social services, healthcare, or government.

Minor Requirements

To earn a minor in sociology, students complete 15 semester hours of courses in the discipline, with at least 12 of those hours at the 300-400 level.

Opportunities for Students

Minors in sociology may participate in many of the same activities as our majors:

  • Present research papers at student symposia.
  • Attend national and regional sociology conferences.
  • Study abroad.
  • Volunteer in a wide range of community service projects.
  • Enjoy academic and social events sponsored by SASSO, the Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Student Organization.
  • Receive individual academic and career counseling from faculty.
  • Attend symposia with nationally recognized speakers and community leaders.
  • Participate in internships which provide the opportunity to relate course material to practical problems of community agencies and businesses.
What can I do with a minor in sociology?
A minor in sociology can help hone in on special areas of interest in graduate and professional schools. It is also useful in any career requiring strong skills in interaction with people and society.