Minor In Sociology

Sociology is the scientific systematic study of human social relationships and institutions.

About This Program

The Minor in Sociology Requires 18 Semester Hours to Complete. In addition to general studies requirements, students must meet all University requirements.

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The Minor in Sociology Requires 18 Semester Hours to Complete.

Anthropology coursework may satisfy six (6) credit hours of the minor curriculum. At least nine of the eighteen semester hours must be completed at FAMU.

The following course may not be used to satisfy the minor: SYA 4942 Internship.

NOTE: Students who use SYG 2000 Introduction to Sociology and/or ANT 2000 Introduction to Anthropology to satisfy their general education requirements cannot use these courses as part of satisfying their requirements for their minor in Sociology or Anthropology.

Why Minor in Sociology?

By partaking in a minor degree program, you are going above and beyond the bare minimum. When you're searching for jobs after graduation, that extra effort can impress potential employers. Having a minor in an area relevant to them is an added bonus.

Personal Interest: If you're passionate about understanding society, culture, and human behavior, minoring in sociology can allow you to pursue your interests and delve deeper into topics that fascinate you.

Real-world problem solving: Sociology equips students with skills in real-world problem solving. Students learn how to evaluate sound research and develop a deep appreciation for how organizations work and how social context shapes human behavior.

Career Opportunities: Sociology minors develop skills that are relevant to a wide range of careers, including social services, education, public policy, marketing, human resources, and research. A minor in sociology can open up career opportunities in diverse fields where understanding human behavior, social dynamics, and culture is important.

Preparation for graduate school: A minor in sociology can provide a solid foundation and enhance your preparedness for advanced study in various fields including but not limited to law, public health, and social work.



Example career paths with a 'Sociology minor include combining with a major in...






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Criminal justice majors: combining sociology with criminal justice provides an interdisciplinary perspective on crime, law, and society. This holistic approach helps students recognize the interconnectedness of various social institutions and phenomena, creating a more nuanced understanding of criminal justice issues.

Psychology majors: a sociology minor can broaden a psychology major's career options by providing skills and knowledge relevant to various fields, including social services, community advocacy, public health, and social research. It can also be beneficial for psychology majors interested in pursuing graduate studies in areas such as social psychology, community psychology, or sociology.




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Health Sciences, offers graduates the chance to pursue careers in military healthcare administration, working in hospitals or clinics within the armed forces, or specializing in areas such as combat medicine or rehabilitation for injured service members.

Business majors: a minor in sociology can help business students understand the social dynamics that shape consumer preferences, allowing them to develop more effective marketing strategies and product designs.



Minor in Sociology Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Qs)


Q: How will minoring in sociology contribute to my personal growth and understanding of society?
A: Minoring in sociology allows you to explore and analyze social structures, cultural norms, and power dynamics that shape society. It fosters critical thinking and awareness of social inequalities, helping you develop a deeper understanding of the world around you and your role within it. This can lead to personal growth, empathy, and a greater sense of social responsibility.

Q: Can minoring in sociology help me develop skills that are transferable to different career paths?
A: Absolutely. A minor in sociology equips you with valuable skills such as critical thinking, research methods, and cultural understanding, which are highly sought after in various professional fields. Whether you pursue a career in social services, business, education, or public policy, the skills gained from minoring in sociology can enhance your effectiveness and adaptability in various work environments.

Q: What career opportunities can a minor in sociology open up for me?
A: A minor in sociology can prepare you for various careers in fields such as social services, human resources, public policy, marketing, and research. It provides skills in critical thinking, data analysis, and understanding social dynamics, which are valuable in professions that involve working with people and addressing social issues.


Program Faculty

Name Email Phone
Dr. Phyllis Welch
Chair, Department of Sociology & Criminal Justice
phyllis.welch@famu.edu (850) 599-3316 
Dr. Keith Parker


(850) 599-8285
Dr. Ray Robertson


(850) 599-8541
Dr. Nzinga Metzger
Associate Professor
nzinga.metzger@famu.edu (850) 599-8856
Dr. Brenda Hughes
Associate Professor


(850) 599-8541

Dr. Katherine Tindell


Ms. Taylor Darks
Adjunct Professor


Dr. Samiri Hernandez-Hiraldo
Assistant Professor


(850) 599-8541