Minor Requirements

Why study sociology or criminology? What’s required to earn a minor?

It’s all summarized in our Sociology Minor Map and Criminology Minor Map.

Declare the Sociology or Criminology Minor

Minor in Sociology

Course Number

Course Name


SOC 204


SOC 207

Introduction to Sociology


Social Inequalities

4 credits

SOC 310


SOC 311


SOC 312*

Social Theory


Research Methods


Statistical Analysis

4 credits

SOC electives, any level**


8 credits

SOC electives, 300-level or above**


8 credits

*Can also be fulfilled with MATH 243, 425, 426, 461, or PSY 302.
**Minimum 12 upper-division credits required for minor; 400-level credits must be numbered 407 or 410-499.

  • A minimum of 24 credits in undergraduate sociology courses
  • At least four (4) of the 24 credits must be:
    • Introduction to Sociology (SOC 204)
    • Social Inequality (SOC 207)
  • At least 12 of the 24 credits must be upper division.
  • At least 12 credits must be taken at the University of Oregon (at least eight [8]) of those credits must be upper division)
  • No more than four (4) credits in courses numbered 401-406 may be applied to the minor.
  • Courses used to satisfy minor requirements must be taken for letter grades and passed with grades of C- or better
  • Students must complete one of the following three courses:
    • Development of Sociology (SOC 310)
    • Introduction to Social Research (SOC 311)
    • Quantitative Methods in Sociology (SOC 312)***
  • Students may choose from any other sociology courses to complete their 24 credit requirement.  Some courses will have prerequisites that must be either completed or waived by the instructor.
  • Up to eight (8) credits may overlap with the requirements of another major, if the other major permits overlap.

***SOC 312 can also be fulfilled by successfully completing MATH 243, 425, 426, 461 or PSY 302 with a grade of C- or better. Please be aware that MATH 243 will not count for upper division credit.

Minor in Criminology


The criminology minor (CRIM) affords students the opportunity to analyze how society defines, regulates, and seeks to prevent criminal behavior, as well as considering what factors lead people to commit crimes.

Courses address the role of systemic inequality and state violence in relation to crime. Students select courses from multiple social scientific disciplines, including sociology, anthropology, political science, psychology, and indigenous, race, and ethnic studies to gain an understanding of the nature of crime, including the social and cultural factors contributing to criminal behavior and institutional efforts to prevent it. They also gain skills in analyzing evidence as well as identifying, apprehending, and rehabilitating perpetrators.

This course of study is distinguished from criminal justice, which focuses on legal responses to criminal behavior. Students interested in criminal justice may consider the Legal Studies Minor.


The criminology minor requires:

  • Four (4) core courses (16 credits)
  • Five (5) elective courses (20 credits)
  • 36 credits in total
  • At least 20 credits must be at the upper-division level
  • At least 24 credits must be taken at UO
  • All courses must be taken for a letter grade (C- or better)
  • No more than three (3) courses may count towards another major, minor, or certificate
  • Courses taken for the criminology minor may count toward core education requirements
  • The criminology minor is designed for students that are not majoring in General Social Sciences-Crime, Law, and Society. A GSS-CLS major will not be permitted to declare this minor in criminology.

Core Courses

Students must complete all four (4) core courses for a total of 16 credits.

  • SOC 204 - Introduction to Sociology
  • PS 106 - Power, Politics, and Inequality
  • ANTH 176 - Introduction to Forensic Anthropology
  • SOC 380 - Introduction: Deviance, Control, and Crime

Due to availability concerns, SOC 199 "Intro to Criminology" may substitute for either PS 106 or ANTH 176 for Spring 2024.


Students must complete 20 elective credits from the courses below. Up to four (4) credits of internship or practicum can be applied towards the minor.

  • ANTH 473 - Advanced Forensic Anthropology (must be taken in sequence with ANTH 176)
  • CRES 445 - Conflicts of Incarceration
  • ES 352 -Social Equity and Criminal Justice
  • ES 450 - Race and Incarceration
  • FHS 483 - Prevention of Interpersonal Violence
  • GLBL 370 - International Human Rights 
  • PS 275 - Legal Process
  • PS 375 -Race, Politics, and the Law
  • PS 466 - Civil Rights in Post-Warren Era
  • PS 485 - Civil Rights and Civil Liberties
  • PPPM 418 - Introduction to Public Law
  • PSY 309 - Psychopathology
  • PSY 366 - Culture and Mental Health
  • PSY 380 - Psychology and Gender
  • SOC 370 - Urban Sociology
  • SOC 484 - Issues in Deviance, Control, and Crime: [Topic] (topics vary, can be taken more than once)

Spring 2024 Additional Electives

Some courses are not available to Criminology minors every term for a variety of reasons. Please see below for courses offered which will count for elective credit this spring in addition to the official curriculum.

  • ANTH 410 - Law and Society ONLY
  • EC 330 - Urban & Regional Economic Issues 
  • EC 410 - Inequality Economics ONLY
  • J 385 - Communication Law
  • J 397 - Media Ethics 
  • LAW 410 - Refugee & Asylum Law ONLY
  • PSY 410 - Forensic Psychology ONLY 
  • PSY 472 - Psychology of Trauma 
  • PSY 478 - Social Development 
  • PSY 480 - Development and Psychopathology
  • SOC 199 - Intro to Criminology, which may alternatively substitute one core course 
  • SOC 207 - Social Inequality
  • SOC 313 - Social Issues & Movements 
  • SOC 465 - Political Sociology
  • SPED 418 - School to Prison Pipeline

Summer 2024 Additional Electives

  • SOC 445 - Top Native Americans

Fall 2024 Additional Electives

  • EC 330 - Urban & Regional Economic Issues
  • PSY 478 - Social Development
  • PSY 480 - Development & Psychopathology
  • SOC 199 - Intro to Criminology, which may alternatively substitute one core course
  • SOC 207 - Social Inequality
  • SOC 313 - Social Issues & Movements


Students seeking advising regarding the criminology minor should contact the Undergraduate Program Team in the ASU2 offices, Professor Stephanie Wiley, or the academic and career advisors in Tykeson Hall. 

Sociology Grading Standards

Last updated January 2014

The student has completed exceptional work on all course requirements.

The student has completed excellent work on all course requirements.

The student has completed proficient work on all course requirements.

The student has completed proficient work on most, although not all, course requirements. The student can continue to the next course if this is a prerequisite.

The student has not completed proficient work on most course requirements and is at significant risk of failing the next course in related studies. The students should repeat the course if it is a prerequisite for another course.  Courses receiving a grade of D-, D or D+ are not counted toward the required 48 credits in sociology classes.

The student’s work is unsatisfactory. Courses receiving a grade of F do not count toward the required 48 credits in sociology classes.