Program Contact: Xi Chen 203-582-6408

Through a minor in sociology, you’ll explore the diverse communities and social groups that make up our society, and also examine the many factors influencing their behaviors—from work opportunities and educational attainment to healthcare availability, law enforcement policies and pop-culture trends. You’ll understand how factors such as these determine social relationships and organization and learn how various economic and political forces affect the creation of social legislation and the availability of resources.

You will choose from a variety of elective courses that enable you to focus the minor on topics that not only align with your academic interests and career goals but also broaden your perspective in your chosen field. Courses in family dynamics, gender, race, immigration and deviance complement many majors. The ability to examine broader social trends and apply observations in everyday interactions is a crucial skill for social workers, healthcare providers, members of law enforcement and educators at all levels. 

For the sociology minor, students are welcome to work with the program director to select 18 credits of coursework that align with the student’s interests in the field. A student majoring in gerontology can minor in sociology. Courses taken for a minor may not count toward a GT major. Courses for a GT major may not count toward an SO minor.

Students minoring in Sociology must take 18 credits from the following list:

SO 101Introduction to Sociology3
SO 101HHonors Introduction to Sociology3
SO 200Special Topics3
SO 201Sociological Theory3
SO 202Gender and Aging3
SO 203How to Get Rich:Sociology in Action3
SO 205From College to Career1
SO 211Introduction to Social Work3
SO 225Social Problems3
SO 232Women in the Criminal Justice System3
SO 235American Culture and Society3
SO 241Sociology of Race and Ethnicity3
SO 241HHonors Sociology of Race and Ethnicity3
SO 244Race, Gender and Class: Social Inequalities3
SO 244HRace, Gender and Class: Social Inequalities3
SO 250Youth Crime3
SO 255Sociology of Families3
SO 260Social Control and Deviance3
SO 263Aging in Society Of Aging3
SO 265Work, Careers, and You,Sociology of Work3
SO 266Population and Society3
SO 270Community Program Development3
SO 271Public Order Crimes3
SO 280Sociology of Health and Illness3
SO 285Protest and Social Change3
SO 290Research Methods3
SO 302Sociology of Sexualities3
SO 303Popular Culture and the Media (WGS 303)3
SO 304Sociology of Gender3
SO 305Sociology of Death and Dying3
SO 306Masculinities3
SO 307Sociology of Sport3
SO 308The Immigrant Experience3
SO 310Sociology of Childhood3
SO 315Social Work Case Management3
SO 317Religion and Society3
SO 320Sociology of Hip-Hop Culture3
SO 329Environmental Sociology3
SO 330Perspectives on Violence3
SO 333Drugs, Alcohol and Society3
SO 355Crime and Media3
SO 360Sociology of Mental Health3
SO 365Aging and Social Problems3
SO 375Sociology of the Everyday3
SO 370Adoption and Society3
SO 382Studying Social Issues with Statistics3
SO 392Internship in the Community3
SO 394Advanced Internship in the Community3
SO 400Senior Seminar3