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Curriculum Information Guide

Sociology Minor

Dr. Evan Cooper, Chair
Sociology and Anthropology Dept.
School of Arts & Sciences


The Sociology and Anthropology Department offers an undergraduate minor in Sociology to all baccalaureate degree students at Farmingdale State College. Employing the concepts, theories and research methodologies of sociology, an academic minor in sociology can provide students with useful tools for the workplace and enhance their understanding of themselves and society. Students who would like to minor in Sociology should apply through the Sociology and Anthropology Department. The Sociology minor consists of 18 credits. In order to graduate with the Sociology minor, students must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 in their qualified sociology courses.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate sociological understandings of phenomena, for example, how individual biographies are shaped by social structures, social institutions, cultural practices, and multiple axes of difference and/or inequality.
  • Students will demonstrate familiarity with major sociological concepts and vocabulary
  • Students will understand and apply several of the major classical and/or contemporary perspectives in social theory.
  • Students will demonstrate knowledge of some of the key substantive areas within the field of sociology.
  • Students will demonstrate an understanding of several of the major social science research methodologies.
  • Students will demonstrate critical thinking by analyzing and evaluating social, political, and/or cultural arguments.

About Academic Minors

Farmingdale State College students are invited to enhance their studies with an "Academic Minor." A minor is a cluster of thematically related courses drawn from one or more departments. In addition to department based minors (e.g. computer programming & info systems), interdisciplinary minors are also available (e.g. legal studies).

Academic minors are approved by the College-Wide Curriculum Committee and the Provost. Students must make application for an academic minor through the department offering the minor in conjunction with the Registrar's Office Specific course work must be determined in consultation with a faculty member in the department offering the minor. A statement of successful completion of the academic minor will appear on the student's transcript at the time of graduation.

  • A minor is considered to be an optional supplement to a student's major program of study.
  • Completion of a minor is not a graduation requirement and is subject to the availability of the courses selected. However, if the requirements for a minor are not completed prior to certification of graduation in the major, it will be assumed that the minor has been dropped. Consequently, the student will only be certified for graduation in their primary major.
  • Only students in 4 year baccalaureate programs can apply for a minor.
  • A minor should consist of 15 to 21 credits.
  • At least 12 credits must be in courses at the 200 level or higher.
  • At least 9 credits must be residency credits.
  • Specific requirements for each minor are determined by the department granting the minor. 
  • Students must maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 in their minor.  Some minors may require a higher GPA.
  • Students are prohibited from declaring a minor in the same discipline as their major (e.g. one cannot combine an applied math minor with an applied math major). Academic minors may not apply to all curricula.
  • Students are permitted to double-count courses.
  • Students are only permitted to take more than one minor with appropriate written approval of their department chair or curriculum Dean.
Fall 2019 - Subject to Revision
Core: (9 credits)
SOC 122 Introduction to Sociology  


SOC 223 Social Issues and Institutions 3
SOC 360 Sociological Theory 3
SOC 366 Sociological Research Methods 3

Any 200 level or higher Sociology Electives (choose from the following courses):
(9 credits)

RAM 303 Research Experience 3
SOC 200 Introduction to Women's Studies 3
SOC 201 Sociology of Education 3
SOC 220 Sociology of Aging 3
SOC 224 Urban Sociology 3
SOC 225 Sociology of the Family 3
SOC 228 Society and Health 3
SOC 229 Race and Ethnic Relations 3
SOC 231 Multiculturalism 3
SOC 235 Mass Media and Popular Culture 3
SOC 236 Sociology of the Military 3
SOC 237 The Sociology of Popular Music 3
SOC 238 Youth Culture 3
SOC 240 Women, Men and Social Change 3
SOC 245 Technology, Society and Social Change 3
SOC 263 Immigration Past and Present 3
SOC 270-279 Topics in Sociology 3
SOC 282 Introduction to Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Studies 3
SOC 283 Sex, Gender and Sexuality 3
SOC 303 Sociology of Work and Occupation 3
SOC 304 Sociology of Leadership 3
SOC 305 Culture and Technology 3
SOC 309 Sport in Society 3
SOC 311 African American Leadership 3
SOC 325  Social Inequality 3
SOC 326 Visual Sociology 3
SOC 329 Social Movements 3
SOC 330-339 Seminar in Sociology 3
SOC 342 Deviance, Crime, Sex and Drugs 3
SOC 350 Global Social Change 3
SOC 351 Global Health Systems 3
SOC 361 Gender Theory 3
SOC 407 Field Research in Sociology 3
SOC 480-482 Research Internship I 3
SOC 485-487 Research Internship II 3

Admission to Farmingdale State College - State University of New York is based on the qualifications of the applicant without regard to age, sex, marital or military status, race, color, creed, religion, national origin, disability or sexual orientation.