Sociology Minor Online

With an online sociology minor from Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College, you will better understand people, events, social institutions and societies. A minor in sociology will prepare you for a career in a variety of settings including social services, community work, law, higher education, health services and business.

Required Courses

15 credit hours required; all courses listed

Choose a sociology course as an elective. Contact your academic advisor or view the college catalog for details.

Studies the basic principles, perspectives and concepts of sociology. Broad overview with emphasis on social structure, social interaction, culture, socialization, groups, formal organization, stratification, social institutions and social change. Fulfills general studies requirement.

Sociological perspectives on the societal conditions and institutional roots as well as the social consequences of major social problems; includes analysis of assumptions underlying both popular and theoretical explanations of social problems, and policies and programs by which society attempts to alleviate them. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.

Surveys predominant contemporary sociological theories within the broader perspectives of functional analysis, conflict theorizing, interactionism, exchange, and macrostructure theory. Student become familiar with and gain insight into comparing and contrasting theories at both the micro and macro levels of analysis and the historical and philosophical roots of each perspective. Prerequisites: SO 211 and PH 200.

Presents basic principles of research design and the primary techniques used by social scientists in the collection and analysis of data; for example, surveys and polling, observation, experiment, case study and content analysis. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.

Required Electives

6 credit hours required; all courses listed

Sociological analysis of the structure and functions of the family in contemporary society;interrelationships and structures; impact of social change on family structure and stability; and current trends in the institution. Focus on industrial societies with some comparative material included.Prerequisite: SO211 or instructor's consent.

Examines the phenomenon of non-normative behavior from several perspectives (e.g., society, social organizations and individuals); includes analysis of the social contexts in which behaviors, individuals and groups come to be labeled as deviant, as well as the influence of historical and political factors; considers sociological theories which explain the occurrence and distribution of deviance; explores approaches to the management of deviance and deviants through social control. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.

Studies interracial and interethnic relations, prejudice, discrimination and the changing nature of contacts and problems generated between groups within the social institutions of multiethnic societies. The primary focus is the U.S., with use made of comparative material from several societies. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.

Examines the changing status and roles of women in various institutional settings in contemporary society; relevant historical, cross-cultural and ethnic comparisons; the social construction of gender concepts; socialization, stereotypes, inequalities in power; traditional division of labor by sex and its relationship to cultural beliefs about gender; parallels with minority status and current social movements. Prerequisite: SO 211 or instructor‘s consent.

Information about Course Requirements
We do our best to keep this information updated, but you should always double-check to ensure you are meeting graduation requirements. For the most current course requirements please review the latest undergraduate college catalog.  Always consult your academic advisor when registering for courses or when you have questions about course requirements.

For more information about the department visit the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences.