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Sociology Minor MIN

Degree Type: Minor

College(s): Arts and Sciences

Required Courses  Credit Hours 
SOCY 121 Introductory Sociology 3
Choose additional courses from among the following to total 18 credits; 3 courses must be 300 level or higher:
SOCY 122 Social Problems 3
SOCY 225 Marriage and the Family 3
SOCY 230 Gender Roles in Society 3
SOCY 242 Sociology Of Deviant Behavior 3
SOCY 340 Race and Ethnicity in the U.S. 3
SOCY 341 Community Studies 3
SOCY 344 World Urban Sociology 3
SOCY 345 The Field of Aging 3
SOCY 347 Sociology of Disasters 3
SOCY 350 Black Images in Pop Culture 3
SOCY 361 Work and Leisure in Society 3
SOCY 373 Health-Illness in Society 3
SOCY 443 Soc Stratification-Inequality 3
SOCY 450 Criminology 3

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. Students may use only one-third of the credits in a minor that overlap with the student's major. For example: If a minor is 18 credits, 6 credits may be applied to the minor that are also used in the 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. Bonnie Wright
OFFICE: 820 Campus Drive / ASC 2090
PHONE: 231-591-2791
E-MAIL: wrightb@ferris.edu

Social Sciences Department
Ferris State University
820 Campus Drive, ASC 2088
Big Rapids, MI 49307
Phone: 231-591-2735


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