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Sociology Minor

The minor consists of five-course units, of which at least three must be taken at The College of New Jersey. To declare a minor in Sociology, please fill out the Application for Minor form below. Students must submit this form at least one semester before graduation. This form is a fillable PDF. If downloaded, responses can be entered directly into the PDF document. If you receive an error message while loading a PDF, your browser may be out of date; however, you are still able to download the PDF, save it to your computer and fill out the form.  Application for Minor or Course of Study


Core  (2 course units)

SOC101 – Introduction to Sociology (or HON216 – The Sociological Perspective)

Sociology explores the intersection of biography and history. Students learn the basic foundations of sociology, including its development as a field of inquiry, early sociological theory, an methodology. The course also analyzes social organization, addressing culture, class, race, sex, family, medicine, business, religion, education, and government affect our lives. Special attention is paid to the impact of society on self and understanding social structure.

Grade Minimum: C


SOC301 – Development of Socio-Cultural Theory

Prerequisites: SOC101 or HON216
The response of social theorists to the consequences of the industrial revolution and the issues of capitalism, secularism, industrialism, modern consciousness, and the socio-critical enterprise, seen through the work of such theorists as Marx, Durkheim, and Weber. Contemporary development of these theories will also be discussed.

Grade Minimum: C


SOC302 – Quantitative Research Methods

Prerequisites: SOC 101 or HON 216 and STA 115 or STA 215 with a C grade or better
The course is designed to familiarize students with quantitative research methodology, methods of quantitative data collection, and analysis of quantitative data used in sociology.  Students will learn one of the most widely used statistical software packages in the social sciences (SPSS) and conduct independent research using one of the most widely used sources of quantitative social data, the General Social Survey (GSS).

Options (3 course units)

Select three SOC and ANT Course Options. At least two of the three options must be a 300- or 400-level course

  • Introduction to Social Work (SOC 205)
  • Social Deviance  (SOC 210)
  • Political and  Historical Sociology  (SOC 227)
  • Sociology of Race in the US (SOC 281/AAS 281)
  • Women  in World Perspective (SOC 303)
  • Urban Youth Deviance (SOC 310)
  • Racism, Power, Privilege (SOC 315)
  • Organizations in Modern Society (SOC 317)
  • Community, City, Suburb (SOC 320)
  • Urban Population Dynamics (SOC 330)
  • Body Image, Culture and Society (SOC 333)
  • Gender and U.S. Society (SOC 334)
  • Courtship, Marriage, and the Family (SOC 335)
  • Social and Cultural Change (SOC 336)
  • Class, Status, and  Power  (SOC 340)
  • Inequality, Pollution and the Environment (SOC 345)
  • Work, Occupation and Professions  (SOC 350)
  • Introduction to Urban Planning (SOC 355)
  • Poverty and Welfare in the U.S. (SOC 365)
  • Topics in Sociology (topic varies, SOC 370)
  • Culture, Health, and Illness (ANT/SOC 371)
  • Global Public Health (ANT/SOC 372)
  • Public Health & Social Policy  (ANT/SOC 373)
  • Religion and American Culture (SOC 375)
  • Education and American Culture (SOC 380)
  • Introduction to Applied Sociology (SOC 385)
  • Independent Study in Sociology (SOC 391)
  • Internship in Sociology (SOC 399)
  • Senior Honors Seminar (SOC 450)
  • Senior Thesis in Sociology  (SOC 495)