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Minors: Requirements and Concentrations

The Department of Sociology offers the minor in Sociology.

Requirements for Sociology Minors

  • SOC 1300 Introduction to Sociology (3 hours)
  • 4 advanced courses in Sociology (3000/4000 level; 12 hours)
  • Sociology course (any level; 3 hours)
  • 9 hours must be taken in residence at the University of Houston. Of these 9 hours, 6 hours must be advanced course work (3000/4000 level).
  • A minimum of 2.0 GPA is also required for the minor.
  • The proposed minor program must be approved by the undergraduate advisor in Sociology.

Concentrations for Sociology Minors

Students may elect to complete a Sociology minor with a concentration in one of the following areas:

  • Health and Medicine
  • Workplace Diversity

Students who elect to pursue a concentration must declare this at any time before the semester they anticipate to graduate, although they are encouraged to declare this early on in their academic careers.

Students who complete all requirements of the concentration will graduate with a minor in sociology with a concentration in that specific area (e.g., a Sociology minor with a concentration in Health and Medicine or a Sociology minor with a concentration in Workplace Diversity).

Health and Medicine

The Health and Medicine concentration is specifically designed for students who wish to:

  • Learn about sociological aspects of health, illness, and health care in the United States and globally;
  • Develop a critical perspective on the implications of different factors, with a central focus on social ones, for health outcomes; and
  • Expand their knowledge of social determinants of health disparities and behaviors, advantages and disadvantages of various health care systems, and different types of health care professions, occupations, and settings.
A Sociology minor with a concentration in Health and Medicine will serve as an indicator of students’ solid understanding of health inequalities and health care challenges to future or current employers.

The requirements for the Health and Medicine concentration include one of the two required courses plus three additional courses from the approved list:
  • Required: SOC3380 Introduction to the Sociology of Health Care or SOC3353 Health Disparities in Society
  • SOC3315 Sexuality and Society
  • SOC3316 Sociology of Sport
  • SOC3344 Sociology of Aging
  • SOC3350 Sociology of the Body
  • SOC3352 Population Analysis
  • SOC3382 Sociology of Drug Use and Recovery

Workplace Diversity

The Workplace Diversity concentration is intended to offer students the opportunity to:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of ever-increasing diversity in contemporary society and particularly in the workplace;
  • Become aware of various aspects of workplace diversity and its importance, benefits, and challenges; and
  • Acquire necessary knowledge and skills in order to successfully interact and work with people from different backgrounds shaped by their gender, race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, social class, etc.
A Sociology minor with a concentration in Workplace Diversity will serve as an indicator of students’ cultural competence and commitment to a diverse workforce to future or current employers.

The requirements for the Workplace Diversity concentration include one of the two required courses plus three additional courses from the approved list:
  • Required: SOC3342 Sociology of Work or SOC3341 Organizations
  • SOC3315 Sexuality and Society
  • SOC3327 Race and Ethnic Relations in the United States
  • SOC3328 Race and Ethnicity in World Perspective
  • SOC3330 Introduction to Social Psychology
  • SOC3351 Social Class and Mobility
  • SOC3390 Sociology of Gender
  • SOC3395 Careers in Sociology
  • SOC4394 Internship in Sociology