Minor in Sociology

Sociology is the study of social life, social relations, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. The minor in Sociology is designed for students from other disciplines who are interested in learning more about sociology and the theoretical ideas and research methods used by sociologists. Coursework in sociology provides students with critical analytic skills and basic knowledge of social relations and social systems and processes, which will benefit students from all backgrounds in their future studies and beyond.


The minor in sociology is comprised of six 4-credit sociology courses, as described below. All courses must be taken within the College of Arts & Sciences (CAS), with the exception of transfer-of-credit courses, based upon department approval and only as described below. All minors should consult the Undergraduate Program Coordinator for assistance in planning their coursework.

All courses for the minor must be completed with grades of C or higher.

Courses are required as follows:

  • CAS SO 201 Sociological Methods (4 cr)
  • CAS SO 203 Introduction to Sociological Theories (4 cr)
  • Two additional 4-credit sociology courses at the 200 level or above*
  • Two additional 4-credit sociology courses at the 300 level or above

*Students should note that CAS SO 100 Principles in Sociology may be substituted for one of the two required 200-level courses.

Transferable Credits within the University (CGS, Core Curriculum, and MET)

Sociology minors admitted to CAS from the College of General Studies (CGS) who have completed CGS SS 101 and SS 102, each with a grade of C or higher, will receive credit for completing the introductory sociology course, CAS SO 100 Principles in Sociology.

Students who have completed the two Core Curriculum social science courses (CAS CC 112/211) with grades of C or higher will receive credit toward the minor for the introductory sociology course, CAS SO 100 Principles in Sociology.

Students who complete a sociology course within Metropolitan College (MET) may receive 200-level elective credit for no more than one course and only with department approval.

Transferable Credits from outside the University

The department will only approve online transfer course credit for CAS SO 100. All other transfer credit equivalencies will only be considered for courses taken in the classroom and equivalent to BU 200- and 300-level courses. Transfer credit will not be given for CAS SO 201, 203, 303, or any seminar (400-level) course, all of which must be taken within the department.