Sociology Minor

The minor in sociology is designed for students from other disciplines who are interested in the theoretical ideas and research methods used by sociologists in their study of society. Students have the opportunity to take a wide range of courses that provide a valuable perspective for understanding the social issues at work and in daily life.

The minor in sociology is comprised of 6 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 courses for the minor must be completed with grades of C or higher.

Sociology Minor Requirements

Minors in sociology are required to take 6 courses in sociology. Courses are required as follows:

  • CAS SO 201 Sociological Methods
  • CAS SO 203 Introduction to Sociological Theories
  • Two additional sociology courses at the 200 level or above*
  • Two additional sociology courses at the 300 level or above

*Students should note that one introductory sociology course from CAS SO 100–115 may be substituted for one of the two required 200-level courses.

Transferable Credits within the University

College of General Studies (CGS)

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.

Core Curriculum (CC)

Students who have completed the two Core Curriculum social science courses (CAS CC 203/204) with grades of C or higher will receive credit toward the major for the introductory sociology course, CAS SO 100 Principles in Sociology.

Metropolitan College (MET)

Students who complete a sociology course within the 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

Students pursuing a major or minor may receive credit for no more than two courses taken outside of Boston University, and only with department approval. 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. CAS Students should submit this form, along with the full course syllabus, to the Undergraduate Program Coordinator.