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On Campus
Est. time to complete:

2-3 semesters
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Add to your education by better understanding how individual human behavior impacts society and vice versa.
Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations and societies and how people interact within these contexts. Since all human behavior is social, the subject matter of sociology ranges from the intimate family to the hostile mob; from organized crime to religious traditions; from the divisions of race, gender and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture.

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Why Earn a Sociology Minor?

We’ll provide you with a well-rounded and comprehensive understanding of social theory and research methods. This is accomplished through a combination of core and elective courses taught by recognized scholars in their field.

You can apply classroom learning to real-world situations through our capstone course, internships and research-related projects. Our capstone course focuses on data collection, data analysis, applying theory and presenting the findings.

Sociology Minor Highlights

Some coursework will focus on environmental sociology, developing societies, gerontology, medical sociology, race and ethnic relations, research methods and statistics, sex and gender, and sociological theory.
Our faculty members have published books, articles and research reports; presented research at national conferences; and received research grants from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Health and Human Services, and the Commonwealth Fund. They’ve also conducted research in Ghana, Guatemala, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Malawi, Sweden and Togo.
Faculty research interests include demography, economic sociology, environmental sociology, gerontology and aging, medical sociology, sociology of development and social change, sociology of disasters, sociology of the family and the life cycle, and sustainable societies.
Our faculty members and students have been instrumental in improving health and social services in communities with high rates of illness, crime, substance abuse and teenage pregnancy.
Courses are flexible and easy to schedule around your major coursework. A minor strengthens sociological learning and builds additional knowledge and skills that will help you throughout your career.
UNT's Sociology program is ranked 3rd in Texas, 13th in the South and 49th in the nation by

Sociology Minor Courses You Could Take

Sociology of Sport (3 hrs)
Study of social behavior in sport, with particular emphasis on its relationship to the cultural perspectives of socialization, minorities, economics, politics and current issues.
Drugs, Crime and Society (3 hrs)
Examines the relationship between drugs, crime and human behavior. Explores the relationship between drug abuse and crime and the policy proposals developed to control drug trafficking, drug abuse, and drug-related crime, as well as the multi-faceted aspects and effects of chemical abuse and dependency.
Sociology of Religion (3 hrs)
Review of the common sociological dimensions of all religions such as moral definitions, group membership and dynamics, prescribed ritual practices and definitions of the sacred. An examination of sociologists contributing to the field such as Durkheim and Weber. Includes a sociological analysis of selected major world religions, including Christianity, Judaism, Islam, Buddhism and Hinduism.
Sociology of Sexuality (3 hrs)
Sexuality and how it is perceived, defined and experienced in the context of society. Course explores sexuality as a social and historical construction and focuses on how sexuality influences our lives as reflected in social norms, attitudes and beliefs, and through public and private policies and practices.
Immigration and Race in Contemporary U.S. (3 hrs)
Examines the contemporary immigrant groups, how these immigrants incorporate into American society and ways the U.S. is transformed by their presence.
Introduction to Sociology (3 hrs)
Social and cultural basis for human behavior; impact of societal groups and organizations on personal identity, feelings and actions; influence on the self in relation to the family, peer groups, social classes, religion and social institutions.

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