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Department of Sociology

Minor in Sociology of Work and Business

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements SOCWKBSMIN

This minor offers students the opportunity to certify an area of concentration that examines the social context within which business activities take place and the social processes that shape economic organizations. The minor encourages students to explore implications of trends in families, gender roles, race and ethnic relations, and other noneconomic areas of social life for understanding the organization and future prospects of business in America. For students in the Kelley School of Business, the minor documents completion of an integrated course of study on the impact of social trends on work and occupations. For students in the College of Arts and Sciences and other schools of the university, the minor certifies that they have combined the study of work and occupations with their major field of concentration. Students may not earn both a minor in sociology and a minor in sociology of work and business.


The minor requires at least 15 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.
  1. Introductory Course. One (1) course:
    • SOC-S 100 Introduction to Sociology
    • SOC-S 101 Social Problems and Policies (approved topics only; see academic advisor)
    • SOC-S 110 Charts, Graphs, and Tables
  2. Advanced. Four (4) courses:
    • SOC-S 210 Economic Sociology
    • SOC-S 215 Social Change
    • SOC-S 217 Social Inequality
    • SOC-S 302 Organizations in Society
    • SOC-S 305 Population
    • SOC-S 308 Global Society
    • SOC-S 315 Work in the New Economy
    • SOC-S 316 Sociology of Families
    • SOC-S 335 Race and Ethnic Relations
    • SOC-S 338 Sociology of Gender
    • SOC-S 346 Topics in Cross-Cultural Sociology
    • SOC-S 410 Topics in Social Organization
    • SOC-S 450 Topics in Methods and Measurement
  3. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. Minor GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the minor—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    2. Minor Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    3. Minor Upper Division Credit Hours. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    4. Minor Residency. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.

Minor Area Courses

Unless otherwise noted below, the following courses are considered in the academic program and will count toward academic program requirements as appropriate:

  • Any course contained on the course lists for the academic program requirements at the time the course is taken—as well as any other courses that are deemed functionally equivalent—except for those listed only under Addenda Requirements
  • Any course directed to a non-Addenda requirement through an approved exception

This program of study cannot be combined with the following:

  • Bachelor of Arts in African American and African Diaspora Studies and Sociology (AAADSOCBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (SOCBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology - TSAP version (SOCTSBA)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and African American and African Diaspora Studies (SOCAAADBA)
  • Certificate in Social Research in Health and Medicine (SOCRHMACRT)
  • Minor in Social Science and Medicine (SSMEDMIN)
  • Minor in Sociology (SOCMIN)

Exceptions to and substitutions for minor requirements may be made with the approval of the unit's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.