2010-2011 Academic Catalog 
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2010-2011 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology Minor

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Undergraduate Program

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, students majoring in sociology are well equipped to enter a variety of occupations, as well as professional careers and graduate schools. Sociology majors 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.

Program Minor

Requirements for a sociology minor consist of six courses with the following provisions:

Requirements for a sociology minor consist of six courses with the following provisions:

Three of our four core courses:


Please note thatSOC 107  is a prerequisite for SOC 200 . Students who have completed an equivalent methods course are encouraged to take the remaining three core courses. Three additional sociology courses, at least two of which must be at the 200 level. Four of the six courses must be taken on campus. Students must earn a grade of C– or better to receive sociology credit.

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