Why study sociology or criminology? What’s required to earn a minor?
Minor in Sociology
|Course Number||Course Name||Credits|
Introduction to Sociology
|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 ) 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.
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
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 101 - Intro to Conflict Resolution
- CRES 420 - Restorative Justice
- CRES 445 - Conflicts of Incarceration
- ES 352 -Social Equity and Criminal Justice
- ES 450 - Race and Incarceration
- FHS 482 - Prevention of Youth Violence
- FHS 483. - Prevention of Interpersonal Violence
- GLBL 370 - International Human Rights
- LAW 103 - Intro to Criminal Investigation
- LAW 201 - Intro to Environmental Law and Policy
- 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 445 - Sociology of Race and Ethnicity: [Topic] (topics vary, can be taken more than once)
- SOC 484 - Issues in Deviance, Control, and Crime: [Topic] (topics vary, can be taken more than once)
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.