By adding a Sociology minor to your current degree program, you’ll gain invaluable knowledge, sharpen analytical skills, and grasp societal dynamics to complement your major area of study.

About the Program

Our minor in Sociology program helps provide a broader perspective of social inequities, the balance of individuals and society, and other facets of our modern society. By pairing the Sociology minor with your studies of economics, public health, or other related subjects, you can gain a better and more comprehensive understanding of both topics.

Our online minor in Sociology program can be completed in 18 units and mirrors the on-campus program offered to SDSU students on campus. Required courses include Introductory Sociology: The Study of Society, Introduction to Social Problems, Elementary Social Statistics, and Social Research Methods. Elective courses include Contemporary Social Theory, Wealth, Status, and Power, and the American Labor Movement.

Who Can Take the Program

The SDSU Global Campus Sociology minor program includes 18 units of study and is open to students in the following programs who meet eligibility criteria:

Note: Earning a minor requires additional coursework outside of the requirements for completion of the major coursework. Please consult your success advisor for more information.

What Can I Learn?

Sociology is a broad and diverse field of study that examines and analyzes human social behavior, social interactions, and the structures and institutions that shape society. It seeks to understand the intricate dynamics between individuals, groups, and societies, exploring various aspects such as social stratification, culture, inequality, social change, and collective behavior.

At its core, sociology aims to uncover patterns and trends within social life, offering valuable insights into how societies are organized and how they function. Sociologists utilize a range of research methods, including surveys, interviews, observations, and statistical analysis, to gather data and generate knowledge.

Studying Sociology can help you:

  • Examine social inequalities, including those based on race, gender, class, and age.
  • Explore the intricate interplay between individuals and society.
  • Examine how family, education, religion, and other social structures and institutions impact individual experiences.
  • Achieve a comprehensive framework for understanding and critically examining the complex dynamics of human social life.

Why Should You Choose a Sociology Minor?

By adding a minor in Sociology to your major studies, you are able to build a more well-rounded and diverse educational foundation. Studying Sociology adds depth and dimension to your background and helps demonstrate to potential employers that your understanding and skills are diverse and include issues covered in Sociology.

Planned Course Schedule

Summer 2024

Courses Block Instructor Dates
Soc 201 - Elementary Social Statistics 1 Norah Schultz 5/20 - 6/30
Soc 460 - Technology and Society 2 Natasha Nace 7/1 - 8/12

Fall 2024

Courses Block Instructor Dates
SOC 352 - Global Social Problems 1 Sara Ajami 8/26 - 10/20
SOC 410 - Social Psychology: Mind, Self, and Society 2 Dan Davis 10/21 - 12/16

Winter 2024

Courses Block Instructor Dates
(Coming Soon)
SOC 330 - Cultural and Historical Origins of Surfing   Michael Roberts  
SOC 101 - Introductory Sociology: The Study of Society   Gibbons  

Process to Declare

In order to declare a minor in sociology, please contact your Student Success Advisor by emailing to determine your eligibility.

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