General Sociology

The sociology minor trains students in social systems and processes and provides foundational skills in collecting and utilizing social science data. It is an excellent complement for any student preparing for careers in business and marketing, criminal justice, education, technology, law, medicine and health, public policy, or social services.

Earning your minor

Students are required to take 18 hours of sociology course work, 9 of which must be in 300-400-level courses taken in residence at WSU or through WSU-approved education abroad or educational exchange courses, and must maintain a C average. The 18 hours includes two required courses and four additional sociology electives.

Required Courses:

  • SOC 101: Introduction to Sociology (3 credits)
  • SOC 317: Introduction to Social Research (3 credit hours)
    Exceptions to this requirement are routinely given to students majoring in criminal justice who have passed CRM_J 311; human development who have passed HD 310; and psychology who have passed PSYCH 312. Exceptions must be processed by your sociology advisor.


12 hours of any sociology elective (excluding 101 and 320)

  • 9 of the elective hours must be in 300-400 level courses

Contact an academic advisor

Learn more about earning your minor in sociology.

Lauri Sue Torkelson 509-335-4475