Sociology can be described as the systematic study of human society and social interaction. Sociologists study the effects of groups upon individuals, interactions among groups and organizations, and cultural beliefs that direct human behavior within a local and global context.

This minor allows you to apply the development of reason and judgment instead of just professional skills. You will study contemporary sociological theory and research and apply it to social issues such as globalization, social inequality, diversity, health care, education, family, work, and religion. The sociology minor pairs well with our minor in criminal justice and criminology.

Required Course

  • SOC 100 Principles of Sociology (3 credits)

Electives (12 credits; at least 6 must be at the 300 or 400 level)

  • SOC 228 Globalization and the Third World (3 credits)
  • SOC 235 Sociology of Women (3 credits)
  • SOC 241 Deviance (3 credits)
  • SOC 242 Social Problems (3 credits)
  • SOC 260 Society and the Individual (3 credits)
  • SOC 312 Leisure (3 credits)
  • SOC 380 Sociological Research Methods (3 credits) 
  • SOC 382 Applied Social Statistics (3 credits)
  • SOC 402 Social Theory (3 credits)
  • SOC 421 Racial and Cultural Minorities in the U.S. (3 credits) 
  • SOC 424 Family (3 credits)
  • SOC 431 Aging and the Life Course (3 credits)

The above list of sociology electives consist of classes that are offered online by Ball State. If you have previous college credit in sociology, consult with your advisor to see if the credit will apply toward your electives.