Social and Behavioral Sciences (Minor)

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The minor in social and behavioral sciences provides students an interdisciplinary lens across several fields of the social and behavioral sciences, including communication, sociocultural anthropology, geography, political science, psychology and sociology.

The minor program in social and behavioral sciences provides students an interdisciplinary perspective across several fields of the social and behavioral sciences, including communication, sociocultural anthropology, geography, political science, psychology and sociology in order to understand and interact with people and society.

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Social and Behavioral Sciences (Minor)

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All students are required to meet general university admission requirements:

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Program requirements

The minor in social and behavioral sciences consists of 18 credit hours, of which a minimum of 12 credit hours must be upper division. A minimum of six credit hours must be completed through courses offered by the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences. A maximum of three credit hours of internship and three credit hours of individualized instruction may be used to fulfill requirements. Students wishing to pursue the minor must meet with an academic advisor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences to construct a minor that reflects a particular area of specialty and interest. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the minor must be passed with a "C" (2.00) or better.
Required Courses -- 6 credit hours
Electives (9 upper-division credit hours required) -- 12 credit hours
Choose electives from at least three of the following prefixes: ASB, COM, FAS, JHR, POS, PSY, or SOC.
Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective (3)
Upper Division Social and Behavioral Sciences Elective (9)
Depending on a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Degree requirements

The minor consists of 18 credit hours, at least 12 credit hours of which must be in upper-division courses and at least six credit hours taken from the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts and Sciences.

All courses must be completed with a minimum grade of "C" (2.00 on a scale of 4.00). Students wishing to pursue a minor must meet with an academic advisor in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences to construct a minor that reflects a particular area of specialty and interest.

Required Courses:
SBS 200 Introduction to Social and Behavioral Sciences, SB (3)

Select one additional course from the following list:
COM 308 Advanced Research Methods in Communication, L (3)
COM 309 Rhetorical, Interpretive and Critical Methods in Communication (3)
PSY 290 Research Methods, L or SG (4)
SBS 302 Qualitative Methods (3)
SBS 303 Quantitative Methods (3)
SOC 391 Research Methods, L or SB (3)

Electives (12 credit hours)

A maximum of three semester hours of internship and three semester hours of individualized instruction may be used to fulfill requirements. Courses approved for the 12 credit hours in the minor would come from one of the approved themes from the major.

Depending upon a student's undergraduate program of study, prerequisite courses may be needed in order to complete the requirements of this minor.

Enrollment requirements

GPA Requirement: None

Incompatible Majors: BA and BS in social and behavioral sciences

Other Enrollment Requirements: None

Current ASU undergraduate students may pursue a minor and have it recognized on their ASU transcript at graduation. Students interested in pursuing a minor should consult their academic advisor to declare the minor and to ensure that an appropriate set of courses is taken. Minor requirements appear on the degree audit once the minor is added. Certain major and minor combinations may be deemed inappropriate by the college or department of either the major program or the minor. Courses taken for the minor may not count toward both the major and the minor. Students should contact their academic advisor for more information.

Career outlook

A minor in social and behavioral sciences is appropriate for any discipline that requires a solid background in social sciences. Students with this minor are prepared to work in community development, counseling, criminal justice, professional schools (e.g., law, public administration, social work), public policy, social science disciplines, and urban studies or planning.

Example careers

Students who complete this degree program may be prepared for the following careers. Advanced degrees or certifications may be required for academic or clinical positions. Career examples include but are not limited to:


Career*growth*median salary
Substance Abuse and Behavioral Disorder Counselors 23.2%
Social and Human Service Assistants 16.4%$33,120
Social Science Research Assistants4.3%$46,000
Human Resources Managers9.1%$110,120
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 10.4%$60,670
Patient Representatives 4.9%$32,890
Political Scientists2.8%$115,110
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 14.2%$44,380
Sociologists1.3%$79,650

* Data obtained from the Occupational Information Network (O*NET) under sponsorship of the U.S. Department of Labor/Employment and Training Administration (USDOL/ETA).

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