College of Social and Behavioral Sciences2016-2017

Department of Sociology and Social Work

Sociology, Minor

This minor addresses social organization and how such organization (family, group, nation, religion, etc.) affects behavior. This minor will also assist the student in developing critical skills, such as writing, analysis, and research.


What Can I Do with a Minor in Sociology?

How does social context affect how you think and how you act? How do we shape social change? How does a society become religious or secular, liberal or conservative? How do communities organize? Why do humans usually follow the “rules” of society?

The Sociology minor at Northern Arizona University will help you learn to apply sociological theory and methods to the study of issues in contemporary society and culture. You'll sharpen your critical thinking skills and gain knowledge about diversity, individual behavior, and group dynamics. Whether your career takes you into public service, private industry, or a non-governmental organization, this minor will help you understand-and act effectively-in the world around you.

University Requirements

  • A minor is earned in conjunction with a bachelor's degree.

    To receive a minor (18 to 24 units) at Northern Arizona University, you must complete a planned group of courses from one or more subject matter areas with a cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0. At least 12 units of the minor must be unique to that minor and not applied to any other minor.


In addition to University Requirements:

  • Complete individual plan requirements.

Please note that you may be able to use some courses to meet more than one requirement. Contact your advisor for details.

Minimum Units for Completion 18


Minor Requirements
  • Take the following 18 units:
    • SOC 101 (3 units)
    • Other sociology coursework with advisor's guidance (15 units)
  • Be aware that some courses may have prerequisites that you must also take. For prerequisite information click on the course or see your advisor.

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