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Career advancement in an increasingly diverse global society requires the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with people from different cultures, ethnicities, nationalities, and social backgrounds. The field of sociology studies social life, social change, diverse communities and their interactions. It also values scientific methods to find empirical answers to complex social questions. Studying sociology can help foster your creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytic problem solving, and communication skills.
A sociology minor serves as an excellent complement to your chosen major for a variety of diverse careers. As an AUM Sociology minor, you will examine such topics as the causes of social inequality, the social factors that influence human behavior and the diversity of cultural practices. The curriculum will encourage you to think critically and understand different points of view — all skills valued by today’s employers in a variety of fields.
The course listings below are a representation of what this minor requires. Select elective courses may also be included. Students may have to take additional courses to fulfill the prerequisites of the required courses.
|Course #||Course Name||Course Description|
|SOCI 2010||Social Problems||Studies how social phenomena come to be treated as problems. Topics to be considered may include health care, sexual deviance, crime and juvenile delinquency, alcohol and drug abuse, aging, family organization, poverty and population|
|SOCI 3000||Social Theory|
|SOCI 3150||Criminology||Examines contemporary research findings and sociological theories on criminal behavior, societal reaction to crime, law enforcement, judicial processing, corrections, and crime reduction strategies.|
|SOCI 3200||Social Stratification||Introduction to the development, stability, and changes of systems of social inequality, techniques for studying systems of social inequality and the characteristics and consequences of social class membership.|
|SOCI 3300||Sociology of Death and Dying||Study of death and dying, including the varied conceptions of death, the dying process, dying as a sociocultural process and the death industry.|
|SOCI 4100||Minority Groups||Intergroup relations in the United States with an emphasis on race in the processes of assimilation, amalgamation and pluralism. Problems related to prejudice, discrimination, social injustice, oppression, identity formation and prevailing power arrangements analyzed.|
|SOCI 4300||Sociology of the Family||Analysis of family with emphasis on structural features, internal dynamics and current trends.|
|SOCI 4360||Sociology of Religion||Sociological perspective of religion, including the effect of religion on behavior and attitudes and the reciprocal relationship of religion with other societal institutions.|