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Interested in minoring in Sociology?

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There are two options for minoring in Sociology. Students may choose to pursue the traditional minor or the Sociology minor subplan in Poverty, Inequality, and Policy. Requirements for the traditional minor are listed below, whereas requirements for the Minor subplan in Poverty, Inequality, and Policy, can be found here.

24 units of Sociology coursework (or 6 classes, whichever is greater) are required for the Sociology Minor.  Grades of 'S' or 'CR' are allowable. When students take classes for a letter grade, a grade of 'C' or better should be earned or the student should obtain a written exception (effective 03/2020). 

Core courses required for the minor (8-9 units)

Two requirements

  • SOC 1: Introduction to Sociology OR SOC 170: Classics of Modern Social Theory

  • SOC 2: Self and Society: Introduction to Social Psychology OR SOC 180A: Foundations of Social Research OR SOC 180B: Introduction to Data Analysis

Foundation courses required for the minor (up to 8 units)

Choose at least two foundation courses, from two different areas of concentration (below).

  • Organizations, Business, and the Economy: SOC 114, SOC 160, SOC 162, or SOC 187
  • Social Movements, Comparative Politics, and Social Change: SOC 118, SOC 119, SOC 130, SOC 156A, or SOC 176
  • Social Psychology and Interpersonal Processes: SOC 2, SOC 8, SOC 120, SOC 121, or SOC 127
  • Social Stratification and Inequality: SOC 135, SOC 140, SOC 141, SOC 144, SOC 149, SOC 152, or SOC 179A
  • Race, Gender, Immigration, Identity, and Policy: SOC 142, SOC 145, SOC 147, SOC 150, SOC 155, or SOC 189

Elective courses required for the minor (up to 8 units)

Choose two additional Sociology courses, preferably in the areas of concentration associated with the foundation courses you will be taking. Courses are listed by area of concentration in the Stanford Bulletin.

  • If you are declaring a minor in Sociology, you must do so before you apply to graduate on Axess.
  • For more detailed information about the minor in Sociology, and for course listings, please see the Stanford Bulletin.
  • If you cannot find the information you’re looking for or have questions, contact the sociology student services office.