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Sociology Minor

Sociology/Anthropology
College of Liberal Arts
  • Program Type: Undergraduate minor related to major
  • Requirements for this program are current for Spring 2017
  • Required credits in this minor: 20 to 21
The sociology minor introduces students to central sociological concepts, theories, and research methods. Students are allowed flexibility in exploring substantive courses relevant to their interests.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Minor Requirements
Lower Division Core (8 cr)
A grade of C or better is required in each course.
SOC 1101 - Introduction to Sociology [LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (4.0 cr)
SOC 2155 - Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis (4.0 cr)
Inequality Course (3 cr)
Additional SOC inequality courses may apply as elective credit towards the minor.
Take 3 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CRIM 4323 - Women and Justice (3.0 cr)
· CRIM 4340 - Race, Crime and Justice (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3330 - The American Civil Rights Movement [SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3945 - Social Stratification (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4947 - Sociology of Gender Identities and Systems (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4949 - Race and Ethnic Relations (3.0 cr)
Electives (9-10 cr)
Most SOC 3xxx-4xxx courses apply here. SOC 3155, 4587, 4597 cannot apply towards the sociology minor.
Take 9 or more credit(s) from the following:
· CRIM 3322 - Law and Society (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3156 - Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3306 - Deviance (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3595 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned) (1.0-3.0 cr)
· SOC 3701 - Social Psychology [SOC SCI] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3821 - Sociology of Community (3.0 cr)
· SOC 3831 - Organizations and Society (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3901 - Social Change and Social Policy (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4111 - Sociological Theory (4.0 cr)
· SOC 4370 - Sociology of Mental Health and Illness (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4860 - Environmental Sociology [SUSTAIN] (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4910 - Teaching Assistantship in Sociology (1.0-3.0 cr)
· SOC 4925 - Sociology of Rape (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4935 - Peace Studies (3.0 cr)
· SOC 4960 - Graveyard Culture (4.0 cr)
· SOC 4981 - Social Movements, Protest and Change (4.0 cr)
· SOC 4982 - Political Sociology and the Global Economy (4.0 cr)
· SOC 4985 - Critical Animal Studies (4.0 cr)
· SOC 4991 - Independent Study in Sociology (1.0-6.0 cr)
· SOC 4999 - Honors Project Sociology (1.0-4.0 cr)
 
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SOC 1101 - Introduction to Sociology (LE CAT6, LECD CAT06, SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to sociological concepts and their application.
SOC 2155 - Introduction to Research Methods and Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Principles/practice of research design, sampling, data collection including field observation/surveys. Data management, analysis, and reporting of quantitative/qualitative data. Ethics/administration in sociological research. Introduction to SPSS statistical software. Lab
CRIM 4323 - Women and Justice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Women's involvement in the civil and criminal justice systems, both historic and contemporary, primarily in the United States. Attention given to women as criminal and civil defendants, issues of women's civil rights, and to women practitioners within each system. Intersection of social class, gender and race/ethnicities. prereq: 1301 or SOC 1101 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604, 60 credits, or instructor consent, no grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 4323
CRIM 4340 - Race, Crime and Justice
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall, Spring & Summer
Examines the intersection of race/ethnicity, gender, and class within the U.S. criminal justice system, with some attention given to global trends and international comparisons. Considers the racialized effects of crime control and criminal justice practices, including law enforcement, prosecution, sentencing, police-minority community relations, and the disproportionate representation of racial/ethnic groups in the prison system. Explores attitudes and perceptions of crime from the perspective of racial/ethnic minorities, and differential crime rates among majority/minority groups. prereq: 1301 or SOC 1101 or Anth 1604 or CSt 1101, 60 credits or grad student or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 4340
SOC 3330 - The American Civil Rights Movement (SOC SCI, CDIVERSITY)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Examination of theories and research relating to the American civil rights movement, including precursors and influence on subsequent social movements. Role of organization, resources, leadership, recruitment, ideology and consciousness, gender, social control, and counter-movements.
SOC 3945 - Social Stratification
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Theories and research about the effects of economic inequality in people's lives. Social class formation and the effects of institutionalized power structures. Intersection of social class, gender and race/ethnicity. Primary focus on the United States but with international comparisons. prereq: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604, min 30 cr or instructor consent
SOC 4947 - Sociology of Gender Identities and Systems
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604 or WS 1000, min 60 cr, or grad student or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Status and experiences in society through the exploration of gender identities, systems, and social structures. Topics include politics, discrimination, family, education, workplace, popular culture, and changing definitions of gender. Emphasis on the expectations and performance of masculinity/femininity and the intersection of gender, race, and class. Some consideration given to global explorations and international comparisons. prereq: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604 or WS 1000, min 60 cr, or grad student or instructor consent
SOC 4949 - Race and Ethnic Relations
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Overview of race and ethnic relations in America; conditions of major racial and ethnic minorities; formation of racial/ethnic identities, sources of prejudice, discrimination; intergroup conflict; assimilation, persistence of ethnicity; intergroup diversity; major racial and ethnic groups; the new immigrants. prereq: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604, 60 cr, or instructor consent
CRIM 3322 - Law and Society
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Complexities, organization, and elements of legal systems, particularly in the United States. Legal theory used to explain the "working" of the law, historical development of law, current issues in law, and overall interrelationship between law and society. prereq: 30 credits or instructor consent; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 3322
SOC 3156 - Qualitative Research Methods and Analysis
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Application of qualitative research methods to study of social structures. Emphasizes field techniques, secondary data analysis, and interpretation. Lab prereq: (2155 or anth major or urs major or cst minor), at least 60 cr or instructor consent
SOC 3306 - Deviance
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Behaviors, beliefs, and physical characteristics defined as deviant; legal and other formal and informal reactions to deviance; subjective and objective effects of being defined as deviant. prereq: 1101 or CRIM 1301, min 15 cr
SOC 3595 - Special Topics: (Various Titles to be Assigned)
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Contemporary topics in sociology. prereq: Minimum 30 credits or instructor consent
SOC 3701 - Social Psychology (SOC SCI)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Theory and research issues regarding relation of individual to society. Socialization, effects of social organization and disorganization, and interpersonal interaction. prereq: Min 30 cr or instructor consent
SOC 3821 - Sociology of Community
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Theoretical orientations and empirical investigations of community structure, processes, conflict, and change. Community components and types; community development strategies reviewed and applied. prereq: 1101, 30 cr
SOC 3831 - Organizations and Society
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Sociological examination of structure and processes of public and private formal organizations and patterns of adaptation to external social environments. Role of voluntary organizations in society. prereq: 60 cr or instructor consent
SOC 3901 - Social Change and Social Policy
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Social change and maintenance forces as they affect social life. Emphasis on social theory and research along with formation and implementation of social policy leading to both change and maintenance. prereq: 30 cr or instructor consent
SOC 4111 - Sociological Theory
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Analysis of classical and contemporary sociological theory. Major theorists, including Durkheim, Weber, and Marx; major paradigms and their importance to sociological thought. prereq: 1101, 30 cr, no grad credit; credit will not be granted if already received for SOC 2111.
SOC 4370 - Sociology of Mental Health and Illness
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examines mental health and illness from multiple sociological perspectives; particular emphasis placed on contemporary United States. Topics include theories and alternative understandings, differences in cultural perspectives, social determinants, deterrents, response to and consequences of mental illness and institutional contexts of mental illness and criminal justice. prereq: 60 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit
SOC 4860 - Environmental Sociology (SUSTAIN)
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 90 cr or grad student or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Examines the relationship between humans and the natural environment, including the role of science, technology, economics, religion, and culture. Emphasis on the social justice implications of environmental issues and contemporary topics, such as global warming and sustainable agriculture and energy. Considers the diverse positions and actions of environmental movements and possible solutions to environmental problems. prereq: 90 cr or grad student or instructor consent
SOC 4910 - Teaching Assistantship in Sociology
Credits: 1.0 -3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Practical experience in teaching-related activities in sociology courses. prereq: 60 cr, instructor consent; no grad credit; maximum 3 credits allowed between SOC 4910, 4997 and CRIM 4397, 4910
SOC 4925 - Sociology of Rape
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring & Summer
Social, moral, and legal definitions and implications of rape. prereq: 1101 or CRIM 1301 or CSt 1101 or Anth 1604 or WS 1000, 60 cr, or instructor consent
SOC 4935 - Peace Studies
Credits: 3.0 [max 3.0]
Prerequisites: 60 cr or grad student or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course focuses on the field of peace, nonviolence, and conflict resolution studies.  We will study peacemaking theories and practices at all levels - from the interpersonal to the international. This includes the field of mediation, the history of nonviolent resistance, and contemporary examples of nonviolent political action. Throughout the course, we will consider how gender, race/ethnicity, economics, religion, and language influence peace and conflict resolution. You will learn from people in the local community who are actively involved in violence prevention, conflict transformation, and peacemaking. During class exercises and projects, you will practice applying peace theories and methods to current social problems and your life. prereq: 60 cr or grad student or instructor consent
SOC 4960 - Graveyard Culture
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: Min 30 cr or instructor consent
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Summer
Structure and cultural traditions surrounding resting places of the departed, with emphasis on stratification, discrimination, cultural identity, identity tags, and community integration as well as preservation issues, community history, and the business end of cemeteries. Further emphasis on cemeteries in Duluth and surrounding areas within the context of broader movements. Exploring Duluth history becomes an essential part of the course. prereq: Min 30 cr or instructor consent
SOC 4981 - Social Movements, Protest and Change
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Spring
This course provides a study of collective behavior and social movements. The course includes a survey of theories and phenomenon making up the "collective behavior" paradigm from which early studies of social movement were conducted. Here, the focus is on: fads, crazes, panics, riots, rumors, and mass hysterias. The bulk of the course is dedicated to the study of the emergence, structure, and dynamics of contemporary social movements and political protest. The range of their investigation extends from research on the dynamics of recruitment within social movements to the study of protest tactics to the policing of protests and counter-insurgency. prereq: 60 cr or grad student or instructor consent
SOC 4982 - Political Sociology and the Global Economy
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall
Explores the field of power and economics, understanding the major theoretical debates and issues both past and present. Examines the nature of the state and economy, while also examining how class, race, and gender shape both the political and economic process. Focuses on how power is constructed, legitimated, and delegitimated concentrating on state formation, expansion, rebellion, and revolution. prereq: 60 credits or instructor consent or grad student
SOC 4985 - Critical Animal Studies
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01926
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
This course explores the ways in which animal lives intersect with human lives, including the evolution of social, cultural, scientific, and religious attitudes toward animals. We will examine the dynamics of power and visualization in the ways animals are culturally framed and constructed. Students will also learn to critically analyze a variety of ethical debates about animals in society, such as the eating of animals, animal experimentation, zoos, hunting, ownership, and legal status. prereq: minimum 90 credits or instructor consent; no grad credit
SOC 4991 - Independent Study in Sociology
Credits: 1.0 -6.0 [max 6.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Directed reading, research, or involvement in social action leading to preparation of a paper or other product. prereq: instructor consent; maximum 6 credits allowed between SOC 4991 and CRIM 4391
SOC 4999 - Honors Project Sociology
Credits: 1.0 -4.0 [max 8.0]
Grading Basis: A-F or Aud
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
Advanced individual project in any area of sociology, demonstrating sound theoretical and research foundations and resulting in a written report. prereq: 90 cr, approval by dept honors program director; no grad credit; maximum 8 credits allowed between SOC 4999 and CRIM 4399