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Sociology B.A.

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Division of Social Sciences
  • Program Type: Baccalaureate
  • Requirements for this program are current for Fall 2012
  • Required credits to graduate with this degree: 120
  • Required credits within the major: 36
  • Degree: Bachelor of Arts
Objectives--The sociology curriculum (with support from anthropology courses) is designed to acquaint students with the concerns, theories, and methods of the science that deals with groups, culture, and interpersonal relations of human beings. In addition to an introduction to sociology as a science, an effort is made to relate human values to the theories, methods, and data of sociology. Courses are designed to meet the needs of liberal arts students as well as students preparing for graduate school.
Program Delivery
This program is available:
  • via classroom (the majority of instruction is face-to-face)
Admission Requirements
For information about University of Minnesota admission requirements, visit the Office of Admissions website.
General Requirements
All students are required to complete general University and college requirements. For more information, see the general education requirements.
Program Requirements
Students are required to take 2 semester(s) of any second language.
Students develop a coherent program of study in consultation with their major adviser generally no later than the spring semester of their sophomore year. Up to 4 credits of coursework with a grade of D or D+ may be used to meet the major requirements if offset by an equivalent number of credits of A or B. Courses may not be taken S-N unless offered S-N only. A minimum GPA of 2.00 is required in the major to graduate. The GPA includes all, and only, University of Minnesota coursework. Grades of "F" are included in GPA calculation until they are replaced.
Required Courses
The discipline strongly recommends STAT 1601.
SOC 1101 - Introductory Sociology [SS] (4.0 cr)
SOC 3103 - Research Methodology in Sociology (4.0 cr)
SOC 3403 - Sociological Theory (4.0 cr)
SOC 4991 - Sociology Independent Project Seminar (4.0 cr)
Elective Courses
No more than 8 credits of the 20 elective credits required for the major can be from ANTH courses.
Take 20 or more credit(s) from the following:
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· SOC 2101 - Systems of Oppression [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3111 - Sociology of Modernization [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3112 - Sociology of the Environment and Social Development [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3121 - Sociology of Gender and Sexuality [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3122 - Sociology of Childhoods [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3123 - Sociology of Aging [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3124 - Sociology of Law (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3131 - World Population [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3141 - Sociology of Deviance [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3204 - Culture, Food, and Agriculture [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3251 - African Americans [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3252 - Women in Muslim Society [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3451 {Inactive} [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3452 {Inactive} [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3601 - Social Justice and Human Rights in Latin America [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3602 - Women in Latin America [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 2xxx
· SOC 3xxx
· SOC 4xxx
· Take at most 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 1111 - Introductory Cultural Anthropology [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 2101 - Biological Anthropology [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
· ANTH 2103 - Archaeology [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 2501 {Inactive} [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3204 - Culture, Food, and Agriculture [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3206 - Ecological Anthropology [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3402 {Inactive} [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 4411 - Seminar in Anthropological Methodology [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3451 {Inactive} [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3452 {Inactive} [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3455 - North American Archaeology (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3601 - Social Justice and Human Rights in Latin America [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3602 - Women in Latin America [IP] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3603 - Latin American Archaeology (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3701 - Forensic Anthropology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 4901 - Seminar in Anthropological Theory (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 2xxx
· ANTH 3xxx
· ANTH 4xxx
 
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SOC 1101 - Introductory Sociology (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Introduction to the field of sociology, the exploration of societies, and how societies operate. Sociology broadens social insights, fosters critical thinking, guides analytical thinking, and develops writing skills. By actively thinking about issues facing societies today, students learn to examine life situations and the influence of societies and groups on people's lives, careers, hopes, fears, and personalities. Emphasis on how society is stratified: how organizations and institutions influence the way people think, talk, feel, and act and how different groups (e.g., racial and ethnic) and divisions (e.g., gender and social class) within society have different access to power and privilege. People live their lives in relation to social and physical environments; sociologists study these environments and their effects on people's experiences and behavior.
SOC 3103 - Research Methodology in Sociology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1101
Typically offered: Every Fall
An introduction to research procedures used in sociology. Developing a research design and applying it to a concrete problem. Questions of validity and reliability examined in the context of research projects developed by the students. prereq: 1101
SOC 3403 - Sociological Theory
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01669 - Soc 3401/Soc 3402/Soc 3403
Prerequisites: 1101; 4 addtl cr in Soc recommended
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of major developments in sociological theory, with attention to both classical and contemporary variants. Emphasis on sociological ideas in relation to the principal intellectual currents of European society, American society, and non-Western thought. prereq: 1101; 4 addtl cr in Soc recommended
SOC 4991 - Sociology Independent Project Seminar
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01298 - Soc 4902/Soc 4991
Typically offered: Every Spring
A capstone seminar to guide sociology majors in the completion of an independent study project, including selection and definition of a research project, designing and planning its execution, developing a literature review and bibliography, applying relevant theoretical perspectives to research materials, and organizing and writing a research paper. prereq: 3103, 3403
SOC 2101 - Systems of Oppression (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Patterns of group dominance, exploitation, and hate in the United States and globally. Emphasis on sexism, racism, and classism with some attention to other systems of oppression such as heterosexism and ageism. prereq: 1101 or Anth 1111 or instr consent
SOC 3111 - Sociology of Modernization (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
Process of modernization in non-Western societies. Social, economic, and political impact of modernization from different theoretical perspectives. Assessment of those theoretical perspectives as a means to understand dynamics of change in Third World countries. prereq: 1101 or Anth 1111 or instr consent
SOC 3112 - Sociology of the Environment and Social Development (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Introduces students to the sociological study of the environment and social development. Examines the impact of international environmental and development efforts on individuals at the local level. Focuses on grassroots environmental activism and social development work. Explores and discusses power relations and systems of inequality within the context of environmental and social development efforts. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
SOC 3121 - Sociology of Gender and Sexuality (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Introduces students to the sociological study of gender and sexuality. Focuses on gender difference and gender inequality. Analyzes the changing roles, opportunities, and expectations of women and men as their societies (and subsequently, gender relations and power) undergo change in today's world. Following a theoretical overview, examines how gender and sexuality affect everyday experiences. prereq: 1101 or Anth 1111 or instr consent
SOC 3122 - Sociology of Childhoods (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Introduces students to the sociological study of childhoods. Examines the interaction between societies and their youngest members-how societies shape children's lives through social institutions such as families, education, and the state. Takes a close look at children's access to privileges and resources as determined by children's experiences of race, gender, class, nationality, and sexual orientation. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
SOC 3123 - Sociology of Aging (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
An introduction to sociology of aging. Examination of the major theories of social aging as well as the historical and cross-cultural variations in aging and differences by race, ethnicity, gender, and social class. prereq: 1101
SOC 3124 - Sociology of Law
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1101
Typically offered: Every Spring
Explore the emergence and function of law through the lens of social theories. The course assumes law is embodied in the social structure of society; hence, it is the product of social interaction. Based on this assumption, it examines the role of law in maintaining and reproducing social order, class, race, and gender inequalities. The course is interdisciplinary and comparative in its scope and integrates jurisprudence and various social science theories. prereq: 1101
SOC 3131 - World Population (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Population theory and demographic method. Dynamics of fertility and mortality as the basis of population forecasting and its policy implications. Emphasis on the tie between Third World demographic trends and population issues in the rest of the world. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
SOC 3141 - Sociology of Deviance (E/CR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Introduces students to the sociological study of deviance. Explores the social reality of deviance within contemporary society and examines the social construction of deviant categories. Focuses on images of deviance as social constructs, rather than as intrinsic elements of human behavior. Investigates the complex relationships between individual behavior and social structure, with a focus on power, inequality, and oppression. Also, examines the socio-cultural definitions of morality and behavior. prereq: 1101 or instr consent
SOC 3204 - Culture, Food, and Agriculture (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00895 - Anth/Soc 3204
Typically offered: Every Spring
Same as Anth 3204. Examines the globalization of food systems utilizing a political ecology perspective to understand global and local dimensions of production, marketing, and consumption. Emphasis on connections between food production and national identity, relations of power, genetic engineering, environmental destruction, the politics of world hunger, and local efforts to achieve sustainability. prereq: 1101 or Anth 1111 or instr consent
SOC 3251 - African Americans (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examination of African American religious, economic, political, family, and kinship institutions in the context of the greater American society. Struggles to overcome problems and the degree of success or failure of these struggles are examined and placed in historical context. prereq: 1101 or Anth 1111
SOC 3252 - Women in Muslim Society (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Spring
The cultures and social statuses of women in several Muslim countries are examined and placed in their political, economic, and religious contexts. prereq: 1101 or Anth 1111
SOC 3601 - Social Justice and Human Rights in Latin America (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01270 - Anth 3601/Soc 3601
Typically offered: Every Fall
Same as Anth 3601. Examination of social, economic, and political transformations in Latin America with an emphasis on social justice and human rights. Critical approaches to understand U.S.-Latin American relations, labor struggles, rebellions to define alternative development, indigenous resistance to encroachment on resources and ways of life, civil war and genocide, and efforts to create a more environmental and socially sustainable development. prereq: 1101 or Anth 1111 or instr consent
SOC 3602 - Women in Latin America (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01271 - Anth 3602/Soc 3602
Typically offered: Every Spring
Same as Anth 3602. Study of the social, economic, and political positions of women in Latin American countries. Topics include class and ethnic differences, women in the labor force, and women's participation in political movements through the lens of feminist theory. prereq: 1101 or Anth 1111 or instr consent
ANTH 1111 - Introductory Cultural Anthropology (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall & Spring
Varieties and range of human behavior as revealed through the comparative study of cultures throughout the world. Concepts developed by anthropologists to explain both the unity and diversity of humankind.
ANTH 2101 - Biological Anthropology (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
What is human nature, and how did we get this way? The class covers evolutionary theory, modern human biodiversity, our primate relatives, and human evolution. Includes a 90-minute lab session.
ANTH 2103 - Archaeology (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Survey of prehistoric and early historic cultures from around the world. Covers the development of hunting and gathering societies, origins of agriculture, and growth of urbanization and state-level societies. (two 65-minute lectures, one 120-minute lab session)
ANTH 3204 - Culture, Food, and Agriculture (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 00895 - Anth/Soc 3204
Typically offered: Every Spring
Same as Soc 3204. Examines the globalization of food systems utilizing a political ecology perspective to understand global and local dimensions of production, marketing, and consumption. Emphasis on connections between food production and national identity, relations of power, genetic engineering, environmental destruction, the politics of world hunger, and local efforts to achieve sustainability. prereq: 1111 or Soc 1101 or instr consent
ANTH 3206 - Ecological Anthropology (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
Exploration of human ecology and the causes and effects of environmental change, using data from archaeology, biological anthropology, and cultural anthropology. Emphasis on understanding the social and economic context of human adaptations to the environment. Examination of cultures worldwide and through time that have (or have failed to) live sustainably. prereq: 1111 or 2101 or 2103
ANTH 4411 - Seminar in Anthropological Methodology (E/CR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Fall
Exploration and evaluation of methods used in cultural anthropology; qualitative methods; research ethics; and design of qualitative research project. prereq: 1111 or Soc 1101, 4 addtl cr in Anth or Soc
ANTH 3455 - North American Archaeology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1111 or 2103
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
The archaeology of the societies located in the current United States and Canada prior to European colonization. Includes the earliest human colonization of North America (circa 12,000 years ago), early hunting and gathering societies, the development of agriculture, and the formation of complex chiefdoms. Emphasis on the diversity of cultures, languages, economies, and environments found throughout precontact North America. prereq: 1111 or 2103
ANTH 3601 - Social Justice and Human Rights in Latin America (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01270 - Anth 3601/Soc 3601
Typically offered: Every Fall
Same as Soc 3601. Examination of social, economic, and political transformations in Latin America with an emphasis on social justice and human rights. Critical approaches to understand U.S.-Latin American relations, labor struggles, rebellions to define alternative development, indigenous resistance to encroachment on resources and ways of life, civil war and genocide, and efforts to create a more environmentally and socially sustainable development. prereq: 1111 or Soc 1101 or instr consent
ANTH 3602 - Women in Latin America (IP)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: 01271 - Anth 3602/Soc 3602
Typically offered: Every Spring
Same as Soc 3602. Study of the social, economic, and political positions of women in Latin American countries. Topics include class and ethnic differences, women in the labor force, and women's participation in political movements through the lens of feminist theory. prereq: 1111 or Soc 1101 or instr consent
ANTH 3603 - Latin American Archaeology
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Prerequisites: 1111 or 2103
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Latin America from the earliest human colonization to European contact. Includes societies from northern Mexico through Tierra del Fuego, as well as the Caribbean. Covers early hunting gathering societies, origins of agriculture, the rise of powerful states and empires, and their influence on later Colonial-period societies. prereq: 1111 or 2103
ANTH 3701 - Forensic Anthropology (SCI-L)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Fall Odd Year
Recovery, identification, and analysis of human skeletal remains, including investigation techniques, identification of age, sex, ancestry, and cause of death. Two 65-min lectures and one 2-hour lab weekly. prereq: 2101 or Biol 2102
ANTH 4901 - Seminar in Anthropological Theory
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Every Spring
Examines the historical development of anthropological theory, influences that shaped historical and contemporary anthropological theories, and major debates regarding their interpretation. prereq: 1111 or Soc 1101, 4 addtl cr in Anth or Soc