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Degree Type: Minor
College(s): College of Arts and Sciences

Why Choose the Sociology Minor?

The Sociology minor enables students to see the 'big picture' of human society. Each of us lives out our life within a complex web of social relationships at many levels, from small groups such as the family and peers to giant organizations that span the globe, such as the United Nations and multinational corporations. Sociology students learn to look at this intricate mosaic of life with a perspective that helps them to understand their places in it, and to cope with a changing world and workplace.

The Sociology minor will help prepare you for the world of work and the lifelong changes you will encounter in your careers. Sociologists study all human institutions and levels of social systems and how they interact in the modern world. Sociology helps us understand the motivations and aspirations of those with whom we deal on a daily basis. This helps us function more easily and effectively in the workplace and in the larger society, which is becoming ever more diverse. Employers seek those who have skills dealing with people. Whatever major you are pursuing, a Sociology minor will add a human social dimension with a breadth not available in other disciplines.

Admission Requirements

This Sociology minor is open to any student admitted to Ferris State and pursuing a Baccalaureate degree except those pursuing the Bachelor of Arts with a Sociology major. The minor is designed to complement any Ferris major program. A maximum of one-third of the credits, but no more than 7 credits, in a minor may overlap with the student's major. Students may apply 6 credit hours of overlap between minors.

Graduation Requirements

An academic minor may only be awarded upon completion of a baccalaureate degree at Ferris State. This minor requires a minimum of 18 credits with a minimum 2.0 grade average in these courses.

Also, 50 percent of the credits for a minor must be taught by Ferris State University.

More Information

ADVISOR: Dr. Meral Topcu
OFFICE: 820 Campus Drive / ASC 2108
PHONE: 231-591-2735

Social Sciences Department
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive, ASC 2108
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2735

Required Courses
Credit Hours

Required Courses

Introductory Sociology
Choose additional courses from among the following to total 18 credits; 3 courses must be 300 level or higher:
Social Problems
The American Community
Marriage and the Family
Gender Roles in Society
Sociology Of Deviant Behavior
Sociological Theory
Sociological Meth/Qualitative
Race and Ethnicity in the U.S.
Community Studies
World Urban Sociology
The Field of Aging
Sociology of Disasters
Black Images in Pop Culture
Work and Leisure in Society
Health-Illness in Society
Soc Stratification-Inequality
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