Sociology Minor

Are you looking for a minor that can help you in almost any career?

Sociology is the scientific study of human beings in groups.  The Sociology minor allows students to explore the wide range of topics, social groups, and social interactions studied by sociologists.  From social inequalities and social problems to the familiar institutions of family, school, religion, and government, the diversity of courses available allows sociology minors to explore courses relevant to their interests.  The courses also provide complex interactions of global economies and political alliances.  Requiring a minimum of 18 credits in sociology, including Introductory Sociology (SOC 001) and two courses at the 400-level, students have flexibility in choosing a set of courses for their Sociology minor.

Requirements for the Minor

Course Required

Number of Credits

SOC 001 - Intro to Sociology

3

SOC XXX

3

SOC XXX

3

SOC XXX

3

SOC 4XX

3

SOC 4XX

3

TOTAL

18

*Important Notes

  • Up to 6 credits of the following courses may be applied to the minor: SOC 294, 296, 300, 494, 496. Each of these experiential courses may be applied only once and only one teaching assistant experience (SOC 296 or 300) can be applied to the minor.

  • At least 6 credits must be at the 400 level and one 400 level course must be classroom-based.

  • LA 496D may not be used toward the minor but may be used as elective credits to count toward the credit requirement for graduation.
  • Internship credits (LA 495) may NOT be applied to the minor.

  • All students who minor in sociology must complete at least 12 of the 18 credits in the Penn State "system," including 3 credits at the 400-level.  (the maximum number of transfer credits that count towards the minor is 6)
  • Up to 6 credits of education abroad classes may be applied to the minor.
  • Students may declare the SOC minor on LionPATH at the end of the sophomore year, once they have completed 60 total credits.  Students must declare the SOC minor before the late drop deadline of their final semester.
  • A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor.

Related Programs

  • Sociology Minor

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