Academic Programs Catalog

College of Social Science

Department of Sociology

Undergraduate Program
Minor in Sociology

The Minor in Sociology, which is administered by the Department of Sociology, provides a fundamental understanding of the linkages between agency and structure in society. Students obtain knowledge of the principles of sociology, sociological inquiry, diversity in society, and the ways in which global forces are transforming modern society.

The minor is available as an elective to students who are enrolled in bachelor’s degree programs at Michigan State University other than the Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree in Sociology.  With the approval of the department and college that administers the student’s degree program, the courses that are used to satisfy the minor may also be used to satisfy the requirements for the bachelor’s degree. 

Students who plan to complete the requirements for the minor should consult an undergraduate advisor in the Department of Sociology.

Requirements for the Minor in Sociology

Complete a minimum of 19 credits in the Department of Sociology from the following:

               
1. Both of the following courses (7 credits):  
  SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology 4
  SOC 131 Social Problems 3
2. One of the following courses (3 credits):  
  SOC 215 Race and Ethnicity 3
  SOC 216 Sex and Gender 3
3. Complete three elective courses in Sociology at the 300-400 level. At least one course must be at the 400-level. Students may use SOC 281 Methods of Social Research I to fulfill this requirement. The courses must be approved by the student’s academic advisor.