Lang

Minor

  • Overview

    Sociology is the scientific study of societies. It’s a tool for explaining the complexities of human behavior, exploring the forces of social change, and bringing facts and reason to public policy debates. Students learn to investigate and interpret data about group behavior and institutions; to scientifically engage with the operation of categories like class, gender, and race; and to design strategies for responding to social problems. Learn more about the Sociology program.

    Eligibility

    Undergraduate students from any school of the university who are not majoring in Liberal Arts can select a minor from Lang’s offerings. Similarly, Lang students who are not pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts can select a minor from those offered in other schools, provided they meet the prerequisites and related requirements. (Lang students pursuing a BA or BS in Liberal Arts: See Self-Designed Major below.)  

    Curriculum

    Requirements for the Sociology Minor

    This minor is designed to enhance students’ understanding of how society works and how social changes affect our lives. Special emphasis is placed on skills and knowledge that enable students to critically reflect on prevailing social relations in everyday life. The minor in Sociology requires completion of the following five (5) courses, distributed as follows:

    Two (2) core courses:

    • 1 LSOC theory course (Classical or Contemporary Sociology, or Sociological Imagination)
    • 1 LSOC sociological methods course (Statistics or another methods course)

    Three (3) LSOC electives, two of which must be 3000 level or higher

    Total Credits: 18-20
     
    Students must receive a grade of C or better in every course used to fulfill area of study requirements. 

    Self-Designed Major (BA or BS, Liberal Arts)

    Students pursuing a Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Liberal Arts cannot elect sociology as an academic minor; however, they can pursue deeper study in this subject area through the self-designed major. To explore this, contact an academic advisor and read more about the self-designed option at Lang.

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