Program Overview

A minor in sociology is particularly appropriate for students in professional programs such as psychology, law enforcement, criminal justice, human services, social work and international business. Such a minor is also an excellent complement for liberal arts students who are majoring in history, gender studies, professional communication, ethnic studies or philosophy.

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Requirements

Courses required for your specific program are listed in the right column on this page. They include prerequisite, foundation, core and elective courses. Contact your advisor with questions concerning your degree plan.

Social studies majors may NOT minor in anthropology, political science, or sociology.

At least half of the credits required for the minor must be completed at Metropolitan State University. Students must earn a grade of C- or above in all minor courses.

Transfer courses may be applicable to minor requirements. The university's degree audit will specify transfer courses that are directly equivalent to minor requirements; other transfer courses must be approved by the chair of the Social Science Department. . Only one lower division course (100 or 200 level) will be accepted for the minor.

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Course List

Prerequisites

Requirements ( 19-20 total credits)

Lower Division Elective (3-4 credits)

Any 100 or 200 level course in Sociology including SOC 101

  • SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
    3 credits

    This course is an introduction to the sociological perspective. Students examine the social processes that shape societies and the course of their histories. The social nature of biographies is explored through the study of the family and socialization, education and work, bureaucracy and the economy, gender, social class, and race and ethnicity.

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Sociology Minor Survey (4 credits, select one)

  • One of the following classes is required:
    • SOC 301 Contemporary Sociology
      4 credits

      This course introduces and explores the sociological perspective. The central theme of the course is what C. Wright Mills called the sociological imagination which enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society. Students explore how they are embedded in ever widening social circles that range from local to global. The focus is on how social forces such as culture, race and ethnicity, nationality, religion, social class, and gender contribute to the shaping of societies and the course of their histories. Students use conceptual tools drawn from sociology to analyze a range of contemporary social issues.

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    • SOC 302 Interpersonal and Social Power: A View from Below
      4 credits

      Power has traditionally been defined from the perspective of those who issue orders. This course examines power from the vantage point of those expected to follow orders. A model of empowerment is developed and applied to the interpersonal and social dynamics of domination and subordination with emphasis on gender, class, race and ethnicity. Novels, movies, autobiographies, simulation games and case studies are used to explore the power dimension in everyday life.

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Sociology Minor Upper-division (12 credits)

  • SSCI 300 Seeing Like a Social Scientist
    4 credits

    Most of us are only dimly aware of how politics, culture, and society influence, and often coerce, our daily lives. The calling of a social scientist is to help us make these invisible social structures visible. In this course, students develop the skills and tools to discover, analyze, and interpret these obscure social processes. Ideally, this knowledge will have a liberating effect on their individual lives. Students will also perceive how their civic and ethical participation can change politics, culture, and society, as well as themselves.

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  • SSCI 311 Research Methods in Social Science
    4 credits

    This course provides an introduction to the basic concepts of social science research. Students learn and implement a variety of research methods, and critically reflect on the relationship of these methods to philosophical traditions within social science. The courses examines two approaches to social science research, quantitative and qualitative, and the unique contribution of each approach for understanding social life. Experiential activities enhance classroom learning.

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  • SSCI 401 Social Science Seminar: Contending Perspectives
    4 credits

    This course provides students with the opportunity to understand, integrate, and apply the core themes and contending perspectives that underline the social studies disciplines. Through guided readings, research and discussion, seminar participants further develop the capacity to analyze selected issues through multiple lenses. Students apply these multiple perspectives to teaching middle and secondary social studies.

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  • SSCI 501 Great Ideas: Classics of Social Science
    4 credits

    The social sciences have been shaping views of the human condition for more than 150 years. This seminar explores those ideas that continue to engage and perplex thoughtful observers of social life. Students become acquainted with writing by major thinkers like Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim, Georg Simmel, Sigmund Freud, Ruth Benedict, Frantz Fanon and Hannah Arendt. The course addresses the social and historical roots of the great ideas as well as the moral aspirations and creative impulses of these social scientists.

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