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.

  • Overview

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

    • Minor Credit Hours: 18
    • Application Deadline: Rolling admission
      • Fall semester—August 15
      • Spring semester—January 1

    Program Outcomes

    Sociology comprises the study of social relationships, observing how social institutions and social processes influence those relationships. Throughout your coursework, 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.

Minor Courses and Catalog

A minor in Sociology requires the following classes:

  • SOC-111 Introduction to Sociology (3 credit hours)
  • SOC-243 Social Problems (3 credit hours)
  • SOC-353 Social Psychology (3 credit hours)
  • SOC-432 Sociology of the Family (3 credit hours)
  • Program electives (6 credit hours)

For course descriptions and graduation requirements, view the 2016-17 Cornerstone University Undergraduate Academic Catalog.

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