2018-2019 Academic Catalog 
    Feb 21, 2024  
2018-2019 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Sociology Minor

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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 the ways in which individual lives are shaped by larger social forces. Mills argues that we cannot fully understand ourselves without understanding the society in which we live.

At Clark, the sociology faculty are committed to developing such an analytical capacity in students. We are committed to developing your capacity to understand the relations between local situations and larger structures. 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 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 and graduate schools. Sociology majors have gone to law school, medical school, social work programs, and business school. Others have become marketing analysts, city planners, 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:

These courses may be taken in any order.

Only one research-related course (SOC 202  , SOC 204  , or SOC 206  ) may count toward the required three courses for the minor.

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

Students may substitute the following courses for the required research courses in sociology:

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

Program Faculty

Parminder Bhachu, Ph.D.
Jack Delehanty, Ph.D.
Patricia Ewick, Ph.D.
Deborah Merrill, Ph.D.
Rosalie Torres Stone, Ph.D.
Shelly Tenenbaum, Ph.D.

Research Faculty

Robert J.S. Ross, Ph.D.

Emeritus Faculty

Bruce London, Ph.D.

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