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Department of Sociology

Minor in Sociology

Students on Summer 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020 requirements SOCMIN
The Minor in Sociology can equip students with the tools necessary to perform in the fields of business, healthcare, and law. Students choose from a set of upper-level courses that can target any of these areas. For example, courses like "Mental Illness" prepare students to recognize these challenges and work with vulnerable populations. When taken in combination with our statistics courses, the Sociology minor makes undergraduates more competitive in the graduate school application process as well as jobs at the upper-managerial level.


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
    • SOC-S 105 Sociology Laboratory
    • SOC-S 110 Charts, Graphs, and Tables
    • SOC-S 122 Envisioning the City
    • SOC-S 201 Social Problems
    • SOC-S 210 Economic Sociology
    • SOC-S 215 Social Change
    • SOC-S 217 Social Inequality
    • SOC-S 220 Culture and Society
    • SOC-S 230 Society and the Individual
  2. Electives. Additional SOC courses as needed to fulfill remaining requirements, including at least nine (9) credit hours at the 300–499 level.
  3. Minor GPA, Hours, and Minimum Grade Requirements.
    1. 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.
    2. At least 9 credit hours in the minor must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the minor.
    4. 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.
    5. Exceptions to minor requirements may be made with the approval of the department's Director of Undergraduate Studies, subject to final approval by the College of Arts and Sciences.