The Sociology minor introduces the preparatory foundations of the "science of behavior both social and mental processes." It includes selected learning outcomes that ensure depth and breadth in sociological theory and practice.

The Sociology minor provides sufficient undergraduate preparation for the minimum entry requirements to an accredited graduate program in sociology without extensive additional upper-division coursework, although an introductory statistics course and a research methods course are recommended.

Required Courses

Complete all of the following courses:

  • SOC 100: Introduction to Sociology (3-4 units)
  • SOC 200: Social Inequality (3 units)

Complete three of the following courses:

  • SBS 366: Research Methods for SBS: Quantitative Emphasis (3 units) AND SBS 366L: Research Methods for SBS: Quantitative Emphasis Lab (1 units)
  • SBS 330: Crime and Violence (4 units)
  • SBS 331: Crime and Violence Self Defense (2 units)
  • GS 340: Social Media and Global Communication (4 units)
  • SBS 340: Cross/Cult/Human/Develop (4 units)
  • SBS 338: Social Psychology (4 units)
  • SOC 350

Learning Outcomes

LO 1: Sociological Foundations

Students will demonstrate application of the theory and methods of the major divisions within sociology at an elementary level in the context of the history and development of modern sociology.

LO 2: Statistical Reasoning, Research Methods, and Data Management

Outcome 2A: Statistical Reasoning

Students will demonstrate the ability to apply and interpret elementary descriptive and inferential statistical procedures used in behavioral research. Students will demonstrate the ability to assess the appropriateness of statistical data collection and data analysis in various research designs, and interpret the meaning of statistical research results in the context of probability and likelihood.

Outcome 2B: Research Methodology and Data Management

Students will demonstrate the ability to design, implement, analyze, and critique different experimentation methods and the appropriateness of the method to address the problem. Students will demonstrate the ability to assess published research and express arguments orally and in writing according to professional standards, such as the APA Publication Manual.

LO 3: Breadth of Application

Students will demonstrate the ability to integrate multiple kinds of converging evidence in the analysis of behavior. Inclusive in this analysis is the integration of the physiologic, cognitive, and social perspectives and their influence in behavior.