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The sociology 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 sociology?

A minor in sociology trains students to understand situations and settings within their larger social, cultural, historical, and political context. This minor provides an excellent foundation for any career or activity that requires knowledge of 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 in:

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

Graduates also work in:

The non-profit sector

  • Social program support
  • Program support
  • Program management
  • Refugee work
  • Missions
  • Residence life


  • Teaching
  • Americorps
  • University research

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
  • Social skills to work with diverse groups
  • Critical thinking regarding your own culture and other cultures
  • 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

You’ll also have the opportunity to participate in the R.E.A.L. Experience—a program specifically designed to help you gain the relevant, hands-on experience employers desire—so that when you graduate, you’ll be as impressive in practice as you are on paper.

What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?

  • Study abroad
  • Present papers at professional conferences under the supervision of a faculty member
  • Complete internships
  • Participate in social activities with professors to get to know them outside the classroom
  • Join student clubs on campus, especially those that focus on diversity issues


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