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Expand your knowledge...The addition of a minor to major coursework can enhance student development through the incorporation of training in a discipline outside of a student’s major field. Such training can serve to deepen student understanding of a specialized field, or it can be used to further expand a student’s base of knowledge. Popular major pairings include psychology, political science, statistics, human development and family science, business and marketing. For students considering a minor, the Department of Sociology provides several options. To find out more information about each option, read below and see minor requirements.

Our Minors


A general sociology minor introduces students to the discipline, as well as the theories which underpin sociological exploration. Students will learn to think critically about the relationship among humans, human behavior, social structure and culture.


An anthropology minor expands student knowledge in both biological anthropology and cultural anthropology. Students will learn to empirically examine the reciprocal relationships among human evolution, human variation, cultural systems and society.

Criminology and Criminal Justice

A minor in criminology and criminal justice affords students the foundational knowledge and skills necessary for graduate school or work in crime, law and justice related fields. Students will gain sociological understanding through the analyzation of crime, law enforcement, criminal behavior, the criminal justice system and societal response.

Social Justice

A minor in social justice allows students to sociologically examine the relationship between cultural, historical, political and economic factors and equity, inclusiveness, social injustice and structural inequality. Students will learn to incorporate their knowledge of social issues into their studies and future careers.

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