Sociology minors study people and the roles they play in society. Knowledge of sociology helps students better understand why people behave the way they do, making it a beneficial major to anyone who wishes to work with diverse populations.
Goes great with:
- Criminal Justice - Correction track
- Criminal Justice - Law Enforcement track
- Global Studies
- Human Services
(From the 2013-15 Catalog)
A. All of the following:
The nature and foundations of society and the individual, the main forces that strengthen and weaken social groups and the conditions that transform social life are examined in this course.
Offered every semester.
This course examines the major sociological perspectives in conjunction with an instruction in the logic and procedures of gathering information about social phenomena. The course covers topics such as: the logic of the scientific method, research design, hypotheses formation, theory and methods of scaling, and research analysis.
Also offered as PS242. Offered every semester. Prerequisites: S110 and either ST132 or ST232.
This course is devoted to an interdisciplinary examination of fundamental questions regarding the nature of man, politics and social relations. Values, ideas and practice as gleaned from the theories and writings of major thinkers from the 14th through early 20th centuries are explored. Special focus is directed toward ideas of Khadun, Machiavelli, Locke, and Durkheim. Other theorists, such as Marx, Weber and Gandhi are also considered. Also offered as PS304.
Offered every spring semester. Prerequisite: either PS102 or S110.
This course offers a working experience in the purpose and tools of qualitative field methods. The course covers rapport, methods of observation, field notes, data coding and analysis, ethnography, focus groups and interviews, as well as an introduction to quasi-experimentation.
Offered every semester. Also offered as PS342.
PS242 Logic of Analysis
S250 Logic of Analysis
B. Six additional credits in sociology selected in consultation with the student's advisor from the following.
This course is devoted to an interdisciplinary examination of fundamental questions regarding the nature of man, politics and social relations. Values, ideas and priorities as gleaned from the theories and writings of major thinkers from the late 19th and 20th centuries are explored. Special focus is directed toward ideas from the Federalists, Economic Interventionist and Social Elitists. Other topics are selected based on student and instructor interests.
Also offered as PS305. Offered every fall semester. Prerequisite: S110.
Selected topics in sociology may be offered depending on student and faculty interest.
This course focuses on the concept of youth in contemporary society in terms of their behaviors, roles, experiences, and treatment. It does so within the context of the evolution and structural development of two major social institutions: the child welfare and juvenile justice systems. The course uses a sociological framework to emphasize the social, economic, and political realities of childhood in American society.
Offered spring semester.
The course is an attempt to provide an introduction to a field which is rapidly becoming one of the major areas of research in the social sciences and to bring about an awareness and knowledge about the process of aging. Old people and their needs, the impact of growing numbers of old people in our institutions, and the effect of these institutions on the aged is examined.
Specialized courses in particular areas of interest.
Prerequisite: consent of department.
This seminar course examines the enduring conflict that exists between the biophysical realm and humanly produced environments. Topics may include, but are not limited to, the social construction of environmental problems, the treadmill of production and nature, rationalization and environmental problems, and environmental justice.
Offered every other fall semester. Prerequisites: S110 and junior or senior status.
This course examines the life cycle and impact of social and political movements, focusing on how the process of frame alignment, mobilizing networks and political opportunities shape movements.
Also offered as PS334. Offered every other fall semester. Prerequisite: PS102 or S110.
This course provides numerous theoretical perspectives on ethnicity, class and gender along with a variety of activities which ensure each student an opportunity for developing an experience base with members of various ethnic, social class and gender communities.
Also offered as CJ425. Prerequisite: S110.
A comprehensive study of the family and associated institutions, theories and research in American family structure and function, cross-cultural comparisons, family interaction dynamics, disorganization, and change is included.
Individual research supervised by the department.
|Social Science Chair||Sociology Program Coordinator|
|David Lynch, Ph.D.
Saint Mary's University of Minnesota
700 Terrace Heights #1430
Winona, MN 55987-1399
(800) 635-5987, Ext. 1526
Wesley Miller, Ph.D.