The sociology minor is popular with students in a range of majors, including psychology, communication, history, and business. Sociological knowledge and skills are relevant to many careers, are sought after by employers, and can add depth and diversity to most majors.
Sociology Minor Requirements:
If you are interested in a minor in sociology, contact the undergraduate advisor, Ryan Gray at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The interdisciplinary Gerontology minor provides students with a background in theoretical as well as empirical research and also applied/professional knowledge relevant to an aging society. Although issues and problems of later life are a prominent focus in the minor, social gerontologists view aging as a life-long process which is shaped by social, historical economic, political, cultural, and even organizational factors.
The U.S. and other nations are experiencing societal aging. Demographic projections are that, by the year 2030 or so, roughly twenty percent of the U.S. population will be over the age of 65. This change presents both challenges and opportunities across many domains of social life—including family life; health care and social service provision; continuing education; voluntary and non-profit work; human resources; and even architecture and interior design (as we work to accommodate more people with limitations in mobility).
Among the academic and professional areas in which the demand for knowledge of aging is especially strong are:
Aging in society is a dynamic process, which demands that we answer the call issued by C.Wright Mills (in The Sociological Imagination) to connect biography and history, which is an elegant way of capturing the broader aspiration in sociology to link micro-and macro-level features of social life.
Gerontology Minor Requirements:
There are 21 hours required in the Gerontology minor.
Electives (15 hrs) Select from: COM 331; FCS 304, 305, 363; FCS/HSC/KNR 208, FCS/HSC/KNR 394; HSC 258, 286, 292; PSY 213, 302, 303; SOC 212, 310, 311, 318, 342, 362.
If you have questions about the Gerontology minor, please call the sociology undergraduate advisor or the Gerontology Program coordinator.
The Sociology and Anthropology Department also provides instruction as part of minors in: