Social behavior matters.

A minor in Sociology serves as an excellent complement to Social Work, Psychology, or Marriage and Family Studies degree programs, developing your understanding of the issues of family dysfunctions, poverty, gender, and social inequality.

You will learn to think systemically about problems, going beyond individual explanations to consider structural and institutional factors that contribute to issues. As a result, you'll understand the complexity of the issues and be equipped to address them from a critical perspective.

Program Outcomes

Sociology comprises the study of social relationships, observing how social institutions and social processes influence those relationships. Throughout your course work, you will focus on how your social experiences shape your behavior and personality. Many of the courses in the minor address cultural diversity and will help you better understand and appreciate differences.

  • Overview

    • School: Traditional Undergrad Academics
    • Division: Social Science
    • Degree Type: Minor
    • Format: Residential
    • Location: Grand Rapids

    Relevant Course Work

    A minor in sociology requires 18 credit hours, including six credit hours of elective courses.

    • SOC-111: Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC-243: Social Problems
    • SOC-353: Social Psychology
    • SOC-432: Sociology of the Family