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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato


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Department Sociology & Corrections
College Social & Behavioral Sciences
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Undergraduate Degree Type(s) BA, BS
Program Description Sociology is the scientific study of society and culture examining patterns of human social behavior including both social structures and social dynamics. Sociologists research macro-level structures and processes that affect society such as globalization, social movements, or race, gender, and social class stratification. They analyze social institutions such as family, religion, or economy. Meso-level analyses may focus on organizational functioning or voluntary associations. Sociologists also study micro-level process such as interpersonal relationships, socialization, and the reciprocal influences of individuals and groups. Sociologists develop theory and provide research for resolving social problems, working for social justice and developing social policy. The Sociology major includes two options. Option I: General Sociology provides a liberal arts curriculum enhanced with research skill development for students interested in a comprehensive education or preparation for graduate education. Option II: Applied Sociology prepares students for careers in a variety of applied settings. Please visit our website for more information on careers in Sociology. The Sociology program uses a portfolio model of student professional development. Students planning to major in sociology should take SOC 200: Foundations of Sociology as soon as possible to start their portfolio. The Minnesota State Mankato Sociology Mission Statement calls for a shared faculty and student responsibility for the pursuit, transmission and application of sociological knowledge. Please visit our website for more information
Admission Requirements Admission to Major is granted by the department.
Minimum University admission requirements are:
  • a minimum of 32 earned semester credit hours
  • a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.00 (C)
Other Requirements  
Academic Bulletin A full description of the program including class listings and class descriptions are listed in the Academic Bulletin.
Program Contact Information Department of Sociology & Corrections
113 Armstrong Hall
Minnesota State University, Mankato
Mankato, MN 56001
Phone: 507-389-1561
College Advising College of Social & Behavioral Sciences Advising
Melissa Iverson, Student Relations Coordinator
114 Armstrong Hall

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