Sociology, minor

Program Overview

You are curious about how culture, organizations, and relationships affect people's daily lives and behavior. You want to understand how the interlocking systems of social institutions function together — institutions like education, healthcare, the state, markets, religion, and family. You wish to bring a sense of justice and equality to the social world. You are willing to see things differently than most, because sociologists look behind the veil of cultural assumptions. If these statements resonate with you, consider adding a minor in sociology.

Sociology helps us better understand human society and social behavior. Within the Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Family Sciences, you will be able to explore the social institutions, connections, and patterns in your world so that you can more easily navigate them, and maybe even change them for the better. Action-oriented opportunities both inside and outside the classroom will equip you to work with many populations and issues in the U.S. and elsewhere. A minor in sociology is a great complement to any bachelor's degree and can help set you apart and prepare you to make an immediate impact in a variety of industries and careers.

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The Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Family Sciences also provides opportunities through networking events, pre-law advising, and the Center for Justice & Reconciliation that allow you to connect and apply your passions in unique and deeper contexts.

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Course List

For information about the courses required for the Sociology, minor program, view the PLNU Catalog. 

Course Information

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Student Support

For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

A minor in sociology is beneficial if you are interested in pursuing a career or an advanced degree within social justice, education, business, immigration, politics, or the criminal justice system. The ability of our alumni to critically evaluate social and cultural patterns, while also constructively engaging as agents of hope, make them desirable candidates for job opportunities and graduate school programs.

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Student Profile

Gwen Gleason-Rohrer

After two and a half years in the pre-med program at PLNU, Gwen Gleason-Rohrer took a step back and thought about changing her career path, which had been focused on medicine. She then changed her major to sociology, and graduated with a B.A. in sociology in 2003.

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Depending on your specific interests, a minor in sociology can lead to careers such as:

  • Business Analyst
  • Hospital or Adult Care Facility Worker
  • Child Welfare Facility Counselor
  • Public Administrator
  • Human Resources Manager
  • Drug Rehabilitation Facility Worker
  • Nonprofit Organization Operator
  • Social Services Coordinator
  • Probation and Criminal Justice Worker
  • Public Policy Advisor
  • Police and Law Enforcement
  • Attorney
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