BS in Sociology

A bachelor of science (BS) in sociology offers a broader foundation in statistics, some calculus, and data analysis. Students who choose the BS take the same number of sociology core classes and electives as students in the BA program. Like the bachelor of arts program, the bachelor of science degree in sociology requires a major project. Instead of the second language courses required to earn a sociology BA, students in the BS program take additional math and statistics courses. While not required, you may choose to take a second language, since language skills may still be beneficial in completing post-graduation goals.

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As a sociology student earning a bachelor of science degree, you will build upon your sociology coursework by pairing sociology electives with one of four career-oriented sub-plans.


Health Care and Careers

Are you interested in pre-med, public health, or a pre-health professional program? This sociology sub-plan addresses the social and structural factors affecting health and well-being.
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Organization, Business, or Non-Profit

Are you interested in work environments and how organizations operate? This sociology sub-plan addresses the social and structural factors affecting the world of business, industry, non-profits, non-governmental organizations, and public organizations.
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Policy Analysis

Are you interested in political processes and why particular policies were developed? This sociology sub-plan addresses the social and structural factors affecting international relations and domestic policy and politics.
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Quantitative Emphasis

Are you interested in marketing or research? This sociology sub-plan addresses the quantitative research and statistics involved in research methodologies.
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Major Project or the Honors Proseminar Sequence

Both the bachelor of arts and bachelor of science in sociology require the same number of core and electives courses and include the major project requirement. Learn more about the major project requirement and the Honors Proseminar Sequence.

CLA Requirements

Learn more about the College of Liberal Arts academic and specific degree requirements.

Transfer Students

Effective fall 2014, transfer students from outside the Twin Cities campus must take at least six upper-level courses from the University of Minnesota Department of Sociology. Find more information for transfer students.

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