Sociology Minor

Required Courses for the Sociology Minor

In addition to the listed courses, a student must also complete two any-level electives in sociology (6 credits). A student must successfully complete, at Fontbonne, a minimum of 50 percent of the credit hours required for the minor.

  • SOC 100

    Survey of Sociology

    3 credits

    An examination of the definition, scope, and basic concepts of sociology; scientific approach to the study of society; practical application of concepts learned.

  • SOC 265

    Diversity Studies

    3 credits

    An introduction to central debates in the sociological
    literature on diverse groups. Discussion of issues such as
    power and inequality, prejudice and discrimination, social
    justice, and social policy. Prerequisite: SOC 100.

  • PSY/SOC 310

    Social Psychology

    3 credits

    An examination of human social behavior. Primary focus is on the behavior of individuals in social contexts. The course examines scientific theories and research on the ways people think about, influence, and relate to one another. Topics include attribution theory, attitudes, persuasion, conformity, prejudice, aggression, and altruism. Prerequisite: PSY 100 or SOC 100.

  • SOC 345

    Sociological Research Methods

    3 credits

    An introduction to the theory and practice of methodology
    used in social research, including research design, field
    research, conceptualization, and ethical issues. Emphasis
    is on the application of research methods. Prerequisites:
    PSY100, SOC100; MTH115 or PSY 320 recommended.

One of the following courses:

  • SOC 115

    Social Problems

    3 credits

    An examination of contemporary American social issues
    such as alcohol and drugs, sexual deviance, prejudice,
    poverty, and mental illness. Students deal with theories as
    well as actual problem situations.

  • SOC 211

    Sociology of Religion

    3 credits

    This course on the sociology of religion covers the definition, scope, and shape of religion, in addition to the basic sociological aspects of religion and the practical applications of the concepts learned. Topics include world religions, religion and politics, social inequalities, social change, morality, immigration, internet dimensions of religion, and Catholic Social Teaching. Cross-listed with REL 211.

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