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2021 - 2022 Academic Catalog

Sociology Minor

The Sociology minor consists of six courses.
Course Code Course Title Credits
Core Courses
SOC101 Sociological Imagination (KP) 3
Choose 1 from the following:
SOC221 Contemporary Social Problems 3
SOC223 Social Movements 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 bt the Associate Dean for the School of Humanities, Education, Justice & 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 (KP)

In this course we explore our awareness of the relationship between our experience and broader society. How are our lives shaped by our social positions in society – our social class, race, gender, sexual orientation, age, and more? How do the members of different groups view each other and interact with each other? Why do inequalities exist and how do these affect us? How does culture shape our behavior, and why do religions, schools, families, and other institutions remain stable but also change over time?

SOC221 - Contemporary Social Problems

?This course examines conditions and issues that result in tension and disorder. Examples are drawn primarily from American society include immigrants’ struggles, race and class inequities in the education system, oppression of people of color, poverty, violence, ageism, and ecological concerns. Prerequisite: SOC101.

SOC223 - Social Movements

You are breathing clean air right now thanks to the environmental movement. Maybe you can vote thanks to the Civil Rights or women’s suffrage movement. And don’t forget the labor movement, the folks who brought you the weekend! What inequities and crises in today's society will social movements address next? In this course, students will study the solutions that can be found by people gathering together into movements for change. This course will bring past and current US and global movements to life through videos, photos, stories, interactive exercises, writing and discussion. By the end of the course, students will understand the strategic choices that contribute to movement success or failure in solving social problems.