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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 Spring 2022
  • 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 Student Learning Outcomes: 1. Students will comprehend topics of diversity and multiculturalism through the study of societies across various contexts and time periods. 2. Students will learn sociological principles and perspectives with applications to social issues. 3. Students will learn to think critically through readings and analysis of a variety of primary and secondary source materials. 4. Students will gain competency in sociological research methods and sociological theories with applications to contemporary societies and social problems. 5. Students will learn to communicate their ideas effectively in writing and through oral presentation.
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 complete 2 semester(s) of any second language. with a grade of C-, or better, or S, or demonstrate proficiency in the language(s) as defined by the department or college.
Students develop a coherent program of study in consultation with their major advisor 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. No more than 4 cr can be from IS 3796.
Take 20 or more credit(s) from the following:
Take 12 or more credit(s) from the following:
· SOC 2201 - Sociology of Food [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 2xxx
· 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 3131 - World Population [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3141 - Sociology of Deviance [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3252 - Women in Muslim Society [IP] (4.0 cr)
· SOC 3xxx
· SOC 4xxx
· Take at most 8 credit(s) from the following:
· ANTH 1103 - People of the Past: Introduction to Archaeology [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 1111 - Introductory Cultural Anthropology [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 1201 - Becoming Human: Introduction to Biological Anthropology [SCI-L] (5.0 cr)
· ANTH 2202 - Men and Masculinities [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 2206 - Sex, Marriage, and Family [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 2501 - Medical Anthropology-An Overview [SS] (2.0 cr)
· ANTH 2xxx
· ANTH 3001 - Theory in Cultural Anthropology (2.0 cr)
· ANTH 3204 - Culture, Food, and Agriculture [ENVT] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3251 - Health and Human Ecology [ENVT] (2.0 cr)
· ANTH 3402 - Representations from the Field: American Indian Ethnography and Ethnohistory [HDIV] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3455 - North American Archaeology [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3502 - Latinos in the Midwest [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3603 - Latin American Archaeology [SS] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3701 - Forensic Anthropology [SCI-L] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3704 - Anthropological Genetics [SCI] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 3xxx
· ANTH 4411 - Research in Cultural Anthropology [E/CR] (4.0 cr)
· ANTH 4xxx
· IS 3796 - Interdisciplinary Internship in the Helping Professions (1.0-16.0 cr)
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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: 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: Soc 4901/4902/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 2201 - Sociology of Food (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Spring Odd Year
Introduces students to the sociological study of food and society. Examines the complexities of food, health, and power relations as well as the intersections of food with race, class, gender, and sexuality. Explores patterns of consumption and embodiment. Applies a sociological lens to food in relation to globalization, systems of inequality, and social change. prereq: 1101 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 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 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
ANTH 1103 - People of the Past: Introduction to Archaeology (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Spring
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.
ANTH 1111 - Introductory Cultural Anthropology (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Every Fall
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 1201 - Becoming Human: Introduction to Biological Anthropology (SCI-L)
Credits: 5.0 [max 5.0]
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 2202 - Men and Masculinities (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to the field of men and masculinity. Examines cultural construction of masculinity in sports, family, work, media, and other social realms, with a focus on contemporary American, Chinese, Mexican, and Japanese societies. Highlights the multiple masculinities that exist, showing which are privileged and what effects this hierarchy of masculinities has. Topics include men's movements and networks, men's socialization, male sexuality and fertility, male aggression and violence, the idea of machismo, intimacy and friendship among males, fatherhood, men's experiences with sports and work, media representations of boys and men, and the social construction of masculinities in different historical and cultural contexts. Helps students understand how masculinity as a social concept affects their relationships with the people in their lives, approaching gender problems in a rational way, and developing cultural sensitivity toward masculinity issues.
ANTH 2206 - Sex, Marriage, and Family (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Introduction to classic anthropological theories of sexuality, kinship, and marriage. Consider how emotional and experiential aspects of sex, marriage, and family life--love and romance as well as conflict and control--are shaped by formal arrangements known as "social structure." Topics such as gift-exchange, cousin-marriage, patrilineal and matrilineal descent, incest, arranged marriage, and the concept of "blood" relations in North American families are addressed. Also explore recent anthropological work on such topics as transnational adoption, marriage migration, and new reproductive technologies.
ANTH 2501 - Medical Anthropology-An Overview (SS)
Credits: 2.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examination of cultural understandings of health, illness, and healing. Using cross-cultural examples and an anthropological perspective, issues such as medicalization, authoritative knowledge, and global inequalities are examined. Examples and case studies may include such diverse topics as childbirth, nutrition, mental health, disease prevention, and the role of medical institutions. prereq: 1111 or Soc 1101
ANTH 3001 - Theory in Cultural Anthropology
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Spring Even Year
Examines the historical development of cultural anthropological theory, influences that shaped historical and contemporary theories in cultural anthropology, and major debates regarding their interpretation. [Note: no credit for students who have received cr for Anth 4901] prereq: 1111
ANTH 3204 - Culture, Food, and Agriculture (ENVT)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Examines food access, production, and consumption from an anthropological perspective. Emphasis on varying uses of and relationships to food including issues of sustainability, industrial food production systems, food as harmful or medicinal, religious meanings of food, social class, food marketing, gender, and nationalism. prereq: 1111 or Soc 1101 or Psy 1051 or instr consent
ANTH 3251 - Health and Human Ecology (ENVT)
Credits: 2.0 [max 2.0]
Course Equivalencies: Anth 3251/Anth 3206
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Exploration of human ecology with an emphasis on human health and demographics, the relationship between socio-environmental factors and human health/demographics, and the evolution of human adaptations. prereq: any Anth 1xxx course
ANTH 3402 - Representations from the Field: American Indian Ethnography and Ethnohistory (HDIV)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Course Equivalencies: Hist 3402/Anth 3402
Typically offered: Periodic Fall
Same as Hist 3402. An analysis of ethnographic and ethnohistoric materials focusing on specific American Indian cultures.
ANTH 3455 - North American Archaeology (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
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.
ANTH 3502 - Latinos in the Midwest (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Explore the history and experiences of Latinos in the Midwest United States. Starting from a historical perspective, the course examines issues including (im)migration, undocumented status, language, religion, race/ethnicity, media, and economy. A comparative framework emphasizes the unique context of migration into (rather than out of) rural communities as well as those far from a national border. Given the context of the local Morris community, the focus is particularly on rural Latino experiences.
ANTH 3603 - Latin American Archaeology (SS)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
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.
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: 1201 or Biol 2102
ANTH 3704 - Anthropological Genetics (SCI)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Periodic Fall & Spring
Genetic variation in Homo sapiens, links between genes and behavior, and environmental effects on gene expression. Inheritance, "race," and population genetics. Genetics as a data source in paleoanthropology, including DNA recovered from fossil hominins. Human genetic change since the development of agriculture. Basic bioinformatic methods. prereq: 1201 or Biol 1111
ANTH 4411 - Research in Cultural Anthropology (E/CR)
Credits: 4.0 [max 4.0]
Grading Basis: A-F only
Typically offered: Fall Even Year
Exploration and evaluation of methods used in cultural anthropology; qualitative methods; research ethics; and design of qualitative research project. prereq: 1111, 2001
IS 3796 - Interdisciplinary Internship in the Helping Professions
Credits: 1.0 -16.0 [max 32.0]
Grading Basis: S-N only
Typically offered: Every Fall, Spring & Summer
One-semester educational experience providing field applications in the helping professions (social work, counseling, casework, child protection services, educational settings, human resource counseling, and the like) for the student's theoretical classroom learning experiences. Prereq-Psy 4102, approved internship form; Psy 4101 recommended.