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Students complete the minor by taking five courses – four required and one elective:

4 Required Courses:
SOCI 101:    Sociological Perspectives
SOCI 172:    Introduction to Population Health in the United States
SOCI 422:    Sociology of Mental Health & Illness
SOCI 469:    Health and Society

More specifically:
* SOCI 101 is our core introductory course and is offered multiple times each year. It provides an overview of core sociological concepts, theories, and areas of inquiry.

* SOCI 172 is a new course that we first offered in fall of 2017. It explores nationwide population-based patterns and trends in US health and sociologically-based explanations for those patterns and trends.

* SOCI 422 focuses on the uniqueness of the sociological perspective in understanding mental health and illness. It draws upon various theoretical perspectives to best understand patterns, trends, and definitions of mental health and illness in social context. It also focuses on how social factors influence definitions, perceptions, patterns and trends of mental health and illness.

* SOCI 469 focuses on the examination of health and illness through a sociological lens. In particular, students learn how to use their sociological imagination to understand how health—a seemingly individual issue—is actually a public/social issue that reflects a larger social context.

1 Elective (Choose 1 from the Following):
SOCI 121:    Population Problems
SOCI 122:    Race and Ethnic Relations
SOCI 124:    Sex and Gender in Society
SOCI 130:    Family and Society
SOCI 133:    Sociology of Politics
SOCI 274:    Social and Economic Justice
SOCI 277:    Societies and Genomics
SOCI 410:    Formal Organizations and Bureaucracy
SOCI 411:     Social Movements & Collective Behavior
SOCI 412:    Social Stratification
SOCI 414:    The City and Urbanization
SOCI 415:    Economy and Society
SOCI 420:     Political Sociology
SOCI 424:    Law and Society
SOCI 431:    Aging
SOCI 433:    Immigration in Contemporary America
SOCI 444:    Race, Class, and Gender
SOCI 468:    United States Poverty and Public Policy