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The minor in sociology provides students with an understanding of the theory, practice and policy underlying issues of social change, inequality and diversity. 

You can learn the vital research skills needed for analyzing complex social issues, skills which are valuable assets in journalism, politics and public administration.


The minor program in sociology, offered by the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, provides students with an understanding of the theory, practice and policy underlying issues of social change, inequality and diversity. These issues are approached from multiple perspectives, including race or ethnicity, gender, economic position, age, geographic location and position in the global political economy.

The student minoring in sociology learns how sociology enhances one's understanding of social realities and institutions at local, national and international levels and how it contributes to the other social sciences and to the humanities.

Students gain a basic understanding of the assumptions underlying the discipline of sociology and develop the research skills necessary for analysis of complex social issues. These objectives are met by offering a flexible program and by providing the student with individual and group experiences in working with faculty members on concrete intellectual and policy issues.

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Sociology (Minor)

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Program requirements

The minor in sociology consists of 18 credit hours (a minimum of 12 credit hours must be upper division). A minimum of six upper-division credit hours must be completed through the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Students wishing to pursue this 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. A maximum of three credit hours of SOC 484 or SOC 499 may be used to fulfill the requirements of this minor. All courses used to satisfy requirements for the minor must be passed with a "C" or better.
Foundation Requirement -- 3 credit hours
Select one course -- 3 credit hours
Electives (minimum 9 upper-division credit hours) -- 12 credit hours
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 in sociology requires 18 credit hours in sociology, of which 12 credit hours must be upper-division courses.

Required Courses:
SOC 101 Introductory Sociology, SB (3)

Select one course from the following list:
SBS 303 Quantitative Methods (3)
SBS 304 Social Statistics I, CS (3)
SOC 390 Social Statistics I, CS (3)
SOC 391 Research Methods, L or SB (3)
SOC 483 History of Social Thought, SB (3)
SOC 486 Contemporary Theory, SB (3)

Additional Sociology Electives (12 credit hours)

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: BS or BA in sociology

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

Graduates are prepared for employment in corporate or governmental organizations or to continue their studies in graduate programs in sociology, social science or professional schools.

The sociological perspective is applicable to a wide variety of jobs in business and management; government, social services, the criminal justice system and the health professions. Coursework in sociology provides a valuable preparation for careers in journalism, law, the nonprofit sector, public administration and public relations. These are all fields that involve investigative skills and an ability to work with diverse groups.

Graduates with an advanced degree in sociology may become community activists, community developers, criminologists, demographers, gerontologists, organizational advocate, research analysts, statisticians, survey researchers or urban planners.

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
Community Health Workers 18.1%$38,370
Marriage and Family Therapists 23.4%$48,790
Arbitrators, Mediators, and Conciliators 10.4%$60,670
Probation Officers and Correctional Treatment Specialists5.7%$51,410
Social and Community Service Managers 18%$64,100
Child, Family, and School Social Workers 14.2%$44,380
Sociology Teachers, Postsecondary 9.8%$73,080
Mental Health and Substance Abuse Social Workers 19.3%$43,250
Urban and Regional Planners 12.8%$71,490

* 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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