Minors in Sociology
The minors are best described as means of enriching the understanding of other disciplines, and one's world, through the study of sociological perspectives. Sociology majors cannot receive credit for completing a Sociology Department minor. Click on the individual Minor Program to view the program form and to read more information on the minor. Several of our Sociology MA Program students started out as sociology minors, but later decided to pursue sociology rather than their undergraduate major field of study. The Sociology Department currently offers three different Sociology Minor Programs:
(General) Sociology Minor
The general Sociology Minor provides added depth for those considering careers related to business, criminal justice and enforcement, education and teaching, human resources, media, research, social services, and many other fields. The minor also helps prepare those wanting to work for non-profit community programs. This 21-unit minor requires the completion of 6 units of required courses (SOC 2010 and SOC 4120) and 15 units of any 3000-4000 level sociology elective courses (NOT including 3980, 4980 and 4990).
The Minor in Law and Society is designed for students who wish to study how social forces influence the legal system and how the law affects society. The minor helps prepare students for a wide variety of law-related careers and professional programs. This 24-unit minor requires the completion of 6 units of required courses (SOC 2010 and SOC 4880), 3 units of non-sociology electives (chosen from a specific set of courses), and 15 units of electives (chosen from a specific set of courses; these may be all in sociology or may include criminology, history, political science and psychology). Independent supervision courses may be included with advanced advisor approval. The acceptable course choices are listed on the Minor Program form.
The Social Gerontology Minor is geared primarily for those students preparing for occupations relating to the needs and activities of the elderly. The minor also helps to prepare those who might want to conduct research in the field of aging. This 21-unit minor requires the completion of 9 units of required courses (SOC 2010, SOC 3230, and SOC 4500), 6 units of sociology electives (chosen from a specific set of courses) and 6 units of related non-sociology electives (chosen from a specific set of courses). The acceptable course choices are listed on the Minor Program form.