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  Sep 21, 2017
 
2013-2014 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology Minor


Sociology Overview


The American sociologist C. Wright Mills described the perspective of sociology as the “sociological imagination.” This point of view enables us to see how individual lives are shaped by larger social forces. Mills argued that we cannot fully understand ourselves without understanding the society in which we live. At Clark, the sociology faculty is committed to developing such an analytic capacity in students.

Through the examination of social processes, such as social stratification, social movements and social change, and through an investigation of diverse social institutions, such as the law, family, medicine and religion, students acquire the conceptual and analytical tools to enhance both their understanding of their own lives and the world in which they live.

One of the questions most frequently asked by students is, “What can I do with a degree in sociology?” Because of the emphasis placed on critical thinking, analytical and communicative skills, and methodological training, sociology students majoring in sociology are well equipped to enter a variety of occupations, as well as professional careers and graduate schools. Our students have gone to law school, medical school, social-work and business school. Others have become marketing analysts, government policy analysts, university administrators and political consultants.

For more information, please visit the Sociology Department’s website.

Minor Requirements


 

The sociology minor consists of six courses, which must include three of the following:

One from the following research-related courses

Classical Sociological Theory  (SOC 107) is a prerequisite for Class, Status and Power  (SOC 200).

 

Students may substitute one of the following courses for a required research course in sociology:

Sociology Course Substitution
SOC 202  PSCI 107 - Research Methods 
   
SOC 204 

ID 132 - Research Methods for International Development and Social Change 

  PSYC 109 - Qualitative Methods in Psychology 
   
SOC 206  ECON 160 - Introduction to Statistical Analysis 
  GEOG 110 - Introduction to Quantitative Methods 
  MATH 217 - Probability and Statistics 
  PSYC 105 - Statistics 

 

All minors must also complete three additional sociology courses, at least two of which must be at the 200 level.  One internship credit may count toward the minor.  Four of the six courses required for the minor must be taken on campus.  COPACE courses are not counted for sociology credit. To receive credit toward the sociology minor, students must earn a course grade of C- or better.

Sociology Faculty


Parminder Bhachu, Ph.D.
Patricia Ewick, Ph.D.
Bruce London, Ph.D.
Deborah Merrill, Ph.D.
Debra Osnowitz, Ph.D.
Robert Ross, Ph.D.
Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D.

Sociology Courses