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The sociocultural studies minor will help you build skills and knowledge that will help you develop an understanding of social and cultural lives. It’s an ideal minor for students who plan to work in multicultural settings or help communities move through change.

Why should I study sociocultural studies minor?

A minor in Sociocultural Studies trains students to acquire the knowledge and skills to understand a situation or setting within its larger social, cultural, historical, and political context. This minor provides an excellent foundation to any career or activity that requires the background to understand social situations, social problems, people, organizations, human communities, societies and the global community.  

What can I do with this degree?

Students have gone on to graduate school to study fields like:

  • Anthropology
  • Sociology
  • Theological studies
  • Human resources
  • International development
  • Criminal justice
  • Organizational leadership
  • Social studies

Graduates also work in the following types of fields:


  • Social program support
  • Program support
  • Program manager
  • Refugee work
  • Missions
  • Residence hall director


  • Teaching
  • Americorps
  • University research assistant

For profit

  • Systems analyst
  • Legal assistant
  • Marketing manager
  • Medical assistant
  • Office manager
  • Project manager
  • Services consultant

What skills will I develop?

  • Quantitative and qualitative research and drawing conclusions from it
  • Social skills to work with diverse groups
  • Critical thinking for your own culture and those that differ from yours
  • Collaboration with others in the workplace, especially diverse groups
  • The ability to “connect the dots” between occurrences in the larger society and a specific situation

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

  • Studying abroad
  • Presenting papers at professional conferences under the supervision of a faculty member
  • Internships
  • Social activities with professors to get to know them personally outside the classroom
  • Student clubs on campus, especially those that focus on diversity issues

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