Sociology Minor

Sociology

Dig deeper, complement your career.

Are you preparing for a career in the helping professions—Social Work, Psychology, or Family Studies? Sociology serves as an excellent complement to these majors, 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 the issue. As a result, you'll understand the complexity of the issues and be equipped to address them from a critical perspective.

Why is a minor in Sociology helpful?

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.

With a minor in Sociology, what classes will I take?

A minor in Sociology requires 18 semester hours of study. In addition to 6 elective credit hours, you'll complete the following courses:

Race and Ethnicity (elective)
Enhance your own self-awareness and develop the skills and attitudes needed to respond graciously to cultural differences, becoming equipped to interact effectively with diverse populations through cultural plunges, video assignments, and selected readings.

Social Problems
Develop your understanding of local and global poverty, inequality, the changing family, and healthcare, hearing presentations from practitioners in the field who share how their faith interfaces with their careers.

Social Psychology
Learn how an individual's beliefs, thoughts, and feelings, in combination with the specific situation in which he or she finds himself or herself, determine behavior. You'll  explore how social psychology is used in the health, legal, and business fields, applying what you've learned to a current issue such as childhood obesity, immigration issues, and increased racial tension.

Sociology of the Family
Think critically and biblically about the changes occurring in the family, reading works by Christian social scientists and pastors and conducting in-depth research on a controversial issue to debate in class.