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Sociology, Minor


Sociology is the scientific study of society which includes studying individuals in their primary and secondary groups and larger social institutions. It examines the social context of individual and collective lives. Sociology is a relatively young discipline that describes, explains, and predicts social interactions and institutions using theoretical as well as social scientific methods of inquiry. According to the American Sociological Association, the essential concepts that students will learn within sociology are social construction of everyday life and sociological imagination; social structure; socialization; social stratification, and social change. Students will also gain competencies in critical and theoretical thinking and application of social scientific methodology towards rigorous data analysis.

Total Program Credits: 18

Discipline Core Requirements: 18 Credits
Complete 2 required classes 6
  SOC 1010 Introduction to Sociology SS (3)  
   SOC 1020 Modern Social Problems (3)  
Complete any 4 of the following classes (with at least 3 upper division) 12
  SOC 1200 Sociology of the Family SS (3)  
  SOC 2370 Sociology of Gender (3)  
  SOC 263G Race and Minority Relations GI (3)  
  PSY 3110 Statistics for the Behavioral Sciences (4)  
  BESC 3020 Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences (3)  
  SOC 3400 Sociology of Religion (3)  
  SOC 3460 Political Sociology (3)  
  SOC 3520 Environmental Sociology (3)  
  SOC 3690 Internet and Society (3)  
  SOC 375G Sociology of Aging GI (3)  
  SOC 3800 Animals and Society (3)  
  SOC 4000 Classical Social Theory (3)  
  SOC 4100 Contemporary Social Theory WE (3)  
  SOC 4020 Survey Research Design (3)  
  SOC 4400 Social Change (3)  
  SOC 475R Current Topics in Sociology (1)  
  SOC 490R Independent Studies (1)  

Graduation Requirements:

All course work taken to meet Behavioral Science requirements must be completed with a grade of C- or better.

Graduation Plan

This graduation plan is a sample plan and is intended to be a guide. Your specific plan may differ based on your Math and English placement and/or transfer credits applied. You are encouraged to meet with an advisor and set up an individualized graduation plan in Wolverine Track.

Semester 1 Course Title Credit Hours
SOC 1010
Introduction to Sociology SS 3
SOC 1020 Modern Social Problems 3
SOC Elective 3
  Semester total: 9
Semester 2 Course Title Credit Hours
SOC Elective 3
SOC Elective 3
SOC Elective 3
  Semester total: 9
  Degree total: 18


Behavioral Science

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Program Details

Program Learning Outcomes
  1. Apply Sociological Theories to Understand Social Phenomena.
  2. Critically Evaluate Explanations of Human Behavior and Social Phenomena.
  3. Apply Scientific Principles to Understand the Social World.
  4. Evaluate the Quality of Social Scientific Methods and Data.
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