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2014 - 2015 Academic Catalog

Sociology Minor

The Sociology minor consists of six courses.
Course Code Course Title Credits
Core Courses
SOC101 Sociological Imagination 3
Choose 1 from the following:
SOC221 Contemporary Social Problems 3
SOC335 Social Policy 3
Choose 2 from the following:
SMGT101 Sport & Society 3

Choose four additional Sociology courses, at least two of which must be 200-level or higher*: 12 credits

*Courses closely related to Sociology may also count, pending permission of the chair of Social Sciences. Students planning to attend graduate school in Sociology are strongly urged to take the following two courses: SOC 310 Sociological Perspectives and SOC 331 Research Methods in the Social Sciences.

Credit Requirements for minor: 18 credits.

SOC101 - Sociological Imagination

This course is designed to help students develop their ability to think critically about the world around them using the framework of sociology. Students explore the relationship between individual and society – how personal experience is shaped by social forces, but also how society is created and changed through individual interaction. The focus is on the interrelationships of groups, social organization, and social institutions such as education, religion, family, and the economic and political order.

SOC221 - Contemporary Social Problems

This course examines conditions and issues that result in tension and disorder. Examples drawn primarily from American society include: labeling and social control of deviants, oppression of minorities, poverty, violence, ageism, and ecological concerns. Prerequisite: SOC 101.

SOC335 - Social Policy

This course examines historical and contemporary factors influencing the making of social policy and introduces the student to processes used to identify and solve social problems. Special attention is given to the relationships of values to social policy and the impact of social policy decisions on the provision of social and human services. Approaches to the analysis of social policy are examined. Prerequisite: Any 200 Level Sociology course.

SMGT101 - Sport & Society

This course explores the factors that shape sport in a culture and how sport mirrors the society in which it exists. It examines the contributions of recreational and competitive sport to a culture. It includes the role of business in sport and how business interests in sport have served as a catalyst for growth.