Sociology Minor

The sociology department offers a minor in sociology.

Required Courses (20 Credits):

SOCI-111   Introduction to Sociology

Enter the fascinating world of Sociology.  This course provides a great introduction to the many intriguing subjects that sociologists study.  We look at a whole range of topics-from what the self is, how it develops, how the process of socialization works... to the major institutions in society like education, the political system, and the economy... to the major forms of inequality affecting our lives in this society-race/ethnicity, gender, and class.  You will come to understand the science by which sociologists gather and analyze data, how they know what they know.  In the process, you will begin developing your own sociological imagination.  You'll be surprised how much you've always taken for granted about society...  In better understanding how our world works, you'll be better able to take an active role in your own life.  Come join us in the quest!

SOCI-201  Social Statistics

How well can you characterize a group in terms of a simple number?  How do you know whether a case is typical or different from expectations?  How do you know whether someone else has legitimately summarized their results?  Knowledge of statistical analysis can help you become a better communicator and consumer of information.  By understanding the basic techniques of statistical analysis, you can better discern bogus, biased, or incomplete claims from supported claims made from actual data.  This is an introductory course in statistics that begins at levels of measurement and ends with OLS regression techniques.  The course is useful for anyone that is interested in understanding and/or engaging in social science research.

SOCI-204  Contemporary Social Theory                                                                                                                                                     

This survey course is designed to introduce students to some of the major contributions to social theory.   Who are the giants who shaped our discipline?  Who are the people whose ideas guide our research?  The course begins with a critical assessment of a number of differing definitions that have been offered for the word "theory."  From there, the course moves to an examination of the establishment of sociology as a separate academic discipline in Western Europe in the early 19th century.  The study of individual theorists begins with an extended study of "the big three" (Marx, Durkheim and Weber), followed by a consideration of George Herbert Mead and the symbolic interactionists.  We will then consider the rise of American functionalism and rational choice theory.  The course concludes with overviews of contemporary topics such as feminist social theory and postmodern theory.

Also eight additional upper-division credits in sociology.