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Marist's sociology minor will inform any career path. Learn how to analyze mass media, how life experiences are shaped by social statuses, how to develop your voice in society, and how to spark social change.

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Complement your academic pathway with a sociology minor...

The sociology minor within the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences is an 18 credit interdisciplinary minor. You’ll take five required courses and one elective course, which can incorporate your major, another minor, or any field in which you’re interested. The flexibility of the minor stems from its integration with any other discipline – Media Studies, Political Science, Business Administration, and Environmental Studies are just a few examples of programs that can align with the minor and truly be informed by the knowledge you’ll gain from sociology. Here are the courses you’ll take:

  • Intro to Sociology
  • Social Inequality
  • Social Theory
  • Social Change
  • Research Methods
  • Elective Course
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...just take Justin as an example of how to tailor your education.

Justin Camero ’20, a Psychology major with minors in sociology and music, is a passionate vocalist with the Marist Singers and plans to share his musical experiences with children through his future career as a music therapist. Justin hopes to use his coursework in psychology and sociology, paired with his love of music, to make a difference in children’s lives: “I love helping people, so I want to share these experiences with children and let them know that they, too, can have these opportunities. I want them to know that they’re capable of more than they realize and that things can and do get better.”

Enhance your resume with sociology...

The sociology minor and courses at Marist are incredibly versatile in their advantages toward your career. Every career path will benefit from a deep understanding of interpersonal relationships, social theory, and research. How? Here are just a few examples of ways the sociology minor can enhance your major toward a well-rounded career path.

  • Enhance your research methods for a career in political science
  • Expand your knowledge of human interaction for a career in screenwriting and media
  • Inform your strategies in social change for a career in non-profit management
  • Broaden your understanding of structural racism for a career in criminal justice
  • Develop knowledge of interpersonal dynamics for a career in human resource management
  • Deepen your understanding of the social aspects of technology for a career in computing science


Customize Your Academics to Fit Your Passions

The Minor in Sociology is designed to integrate well with any other major, minor, or concentration. Below are just a few examples of fields of study enhanced by the Sociology Minor:


A sociology minor will only further enhance your practical knowledge of psychology of social interactions and inform a career in psychology.

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As a manager or business leader, a knowledge of sociology will help to provide meaningful strategies for positive relations within a work environment.

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Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies

Sociology is at the root of social issues and modes of activism in all communities, which is why a minor in sociology provides a complementary layer of knowledge for those pursuing the Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies Minor.


Games and Emerging Media

As a developer of games, apps, virtual reality, and other media, having an in-depth knowledge of the social components and psychological strategy behind this technology will improve your thinking and enhance your career path in this industry.

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Develop the Skills to Set You Apart

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Social Awareness

Learn how multiple societal structures (family, gender, class, race, etc.) interact to determine social institutions and social behavior.

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Cultural Competence

Students integrate diversity, equity, and inclusion to support effective practices in their fields.

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Scientific Reasoning

Students use empirical tools to develop hypotheses, collect and analyze data, and form evidence-based conclusions.

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At Marist, we pride ourselves on our dedication to providing our students with a well-rounded liberal arts education that prepares them for practical experience and profound success in their field. But don't just take our word for it - the numbers speak for themselves.


Of current students are satisfied with their Marist Experience


Graduation rate, higher than the average for public and private colleges


Employed or attending grad school 6 months after graduation

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