The sociology minor satisfies state secondary teaching endorsement requirements in sociology. Students must also complete the requirements of the secondary education program. See the education department listing for requirements.

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Minor requirements

Sociology electives: 16-18 credits*
SOC 101SS - Principles of Sociology
(4 credits)(IGE option under Self and Society) An introduction tosociology, its major concepts, tools and perspectives. This courseprovides an understanding of societies; of culture; of major socialinstitutions such as the family, religion and education; of socialinequality; and of social change.
Choose one course:
SOC 340 - Sociological Research
A comprehensive introduction to sociological research methods with emphasis on survey research. An opportunity for sociology majors or others to apply this methodology in the conduct of major research in an area determined in consultation with the instructor. Finished research reports will be considered for presentation at various sociological association meetings. Prerequisites: SOC101 or equivalent. Recommend general education writing requirement, (4 credits, alternate years, consult department)
SOC 351WI - Ethnographic Research
(Writing intensive) An overview of ethnographic methods, goals, and the theoretical assumptionsunderlying them. Ethnography, the description and analysis of human life orculture, is based on qualitative fieldwork. The goal is to understand the"native's" point of view, to learn from people rather than study them.Students will have an opportunity to practice fieldwork methods and write abrief ethnography. Note: Preceding course recommendation: SOC290. (4 credits)

Total credits required: 26


*For students seeking teaching endorsement: SOC202, Social Problems is required; SOC110, Contemporary Marriage and Family Living and SOC304, Minority Groups are strongly recommended.

(Students completing a major in psychology who have completed PSY215, Research Methods I, and who complete a sociology minor may complete any 2- or 4-credit sociology course in place of SOC340, Sociological Research or SOC351, Ethnographic Research.)