Sociology, Minor

Program Code: SOC_UMNR

Program Description

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 multiple viewpoints, studying the intimate interactions of families and small groups and the complex interactions of global economies and political alliances. Requiring a minimum of 18 credits in sociology, including Introductory Sociology (SOC 1) and two courses at the 400 level, students have flexibility in choosing a set of courses for their sociology minor.

What is Sociology?

Sociology is the scientific study of social behavior and human social groups from individual families to nations. Sociology focuses on the ways that social environments, such as family, neighborhood, school, and society influence individuals’ life options, advantages and disadvantages. Sociology also helps us understand how societies operate and change, and the impact of large scale events such as hurricanes, economic recessions, and social movements on individuals, groups, and societies. The workings of societies and the social world are often invisible to us as individuals - sociology helps to make these processes visible to us.

You Might Like This Program If...

  • You are interested in understanding the social and environmental factors that influence our lives.
  • You would like to learn the skills needed to conduct social research on important topics.
  • You want to understand American society, how and why it changes, and our relation to the global community.
  • You enjoy learning about all kinds of social groups and groups and how individuals interact.
  • You hope to pursue a career in research, education, social/human services, counseling, business, non-profit work, public policy, or the health professions.

Program Requirements

Requirement Credits
Requirements for the Minor 18

Requirements for the Minor

A grade of C or better is required for all courses in the minor, as specified by Senate Policy 59-10. In addition, at least six credits of the minor must be unique from the prescribed courses required by a student's major(s).

Prescribed Courses
Prescribed Courses: Require a grade of C or better
SOC 1Introductory Sociology Keystone/General Education Course3
Supporting Courses and Related Areas
Supporting Courses and Related Areas: Require a grade of C or better
Select 15 credits in sociology; at least 6 of those credits must be at the 400 level15

Academic Advising

The objectives of the university’s academic advising program are to help advisees identify and achieve their academic goals, to promote their intellectual discovery, and to encourage students to take advantage of both in-and out-of class educational opportunities in order that they become self-directed learners and decision makers.

Both advisers and advisees share responsibility for making the advising relationship succeed. By encouraging their advisees to become engaged in their education, to meet their educational goals, and to develop the habit of learning, advisers assume a significant educational role. The advisee's unit of enrollment will provide each advisee with a primary academic adviser, the information needed to plan the chosen program of study, and referrals to other specialized resources.

READ SENATE POLICY 32-00: ADVISING POLICY

University Park

Liberal Arts Academic Advising
814-865-2545
Use the Liberal Arts Majors and Minors web page to see the contact information for the specific adviser(s) of this program

Abington

Michael Bernstein
Associate Professor of Psychology
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7479
mjb70@psu.edu

Altoona

Karyn D. McKinney
Associate Professor of Sociology and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
Smith Building 128B
3000 Ivyside Park
814-949-5206
kdm12@psu.edu

Erie

Molly Monahan Lang, Ph.D.
Assistant Teaching Professor
116 Turnbull
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6290
mbm106@psu.edu

Harrisburg

J. Scott Lewis, Ph.D.
Program Coordinator
777 W. Harrisburg Pike
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6533
jsl19@psu.edu

Schuylkill

Ron Kelly
Administration of Justice and Sociology Minor Program Coordinator
A-124 200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6075
rap179@psu.edu

World Campus

Undergraduate Academic Advising
301 Outreach Building
University Park, PA 16802
814-863-3283
advising@outreach.psu.edu

Career Paths

Sociology offers you a background in research, data analysis, statistics, and sociological concepts. You can explore positions in social work, corrections, business, health services and government services.

Careers

The Sociology degree prepares you for graduate school in sociology or a variety of careers in social science-oriented jobs.

MORE INFORMATION ABOUT POTENTIAL CAREER OPTIONS FOR GRADUATES WITH A MINOR IN SOCIOLOGY

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Contact

University Park

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY
211 Oswald Tower
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-2527
sociology@psu.edu

http://sociology.la.psu.edu/

Abington

DIVISION OF SOCIAL SCIENCES
1600 Woodland Road
Abington, PA 19001
215-881-7479
mjb70@psu.edu

http://abington.psu.edu/michael-bernstein-ph-d

Altoona

DIVISION OF EDUCATION, HUMAN DEVELOPMENT, AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
Smith Building 128B
3000 Ivyside Park
Altoona, PA 16601
814-949-5206
kdm12@psu.edu

http://altoona.psu.edu/academics/sociology/minor

Erie

SCHOOL OF HUMANITIES AND SOCIAL SCIENCES
170 Irvin Kochel Center
4951 College Drive
Erie, PA 16563
814-898-6108
HSSOffice@psu.edu

http://behrend.psu.edu/school-of-humanities-social-sciences

Harrisburg

SCHOOL OF BEHAVIORAL SCIENCES AND EDUCATION
Olmsted Building, W311
Middletown, PA 17057
717-948-6034
rka12@psu.edu

http://harrisburg.psu.edu/behavioral-sciences-and-education/social-sciences-and-psychology/minor-sociology

Schuylkill

ACADEMIC AFFAIRS
A-124 200 University Drive
Schuylkill Haven, PA 17972
570-385-6075
rap179@psu.edu

http://www.schuylkill.psu.edu/programs

World Campus

DEPARTMENT OF SOCIOLOGY AND CRIMINOLOGY
211 Oswald Tower
University Park, PA 16802
814-865-2527
sociology@psu.edu

https://www.worldcampus.psu.edu/degrees-and-certificates/sociology-minor/overview