The Sociology minor offers broad theoretical perspectives and rigorous methodologies for studying social life and the causes and consequences of human behavior.  Coursework examines current research and public policy pertaining to social justice and systemic inequalities; health disparities in physical and mental well-being; environmental justice and natural resource management; deviance, social control, and conflict management; gender, families, and sexualities; employment, housing, and communities; social and political movements; nationalism, migration, and ethnic conflict; and culture, technology, and media.  Students analyze the most pressing social problems in these areas, as well as how different social groups experience and perceive these issues.  Students’ enhanced communication and analytical skills, appreciation for diversity, and ability to work collaboratively provide a competitive edge in today’s global marketplace and information society.

About this Program

Department Information

The Department of Sociology and Criminology & Law has over 1,000 undergraduate majors and 100 graduate students. The department’s faculty are internationally known for their research in the areas of families, gender, and sexualities; health, aging, and the life course; environmental and resource sociology; race and ethnicity; criminology and criminal justice; and psychology and law.


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352.294.7164 (tel) | 352.392.6568 (fax)

P.O. Box 117330


Students should listen to these interviews on the department’s website from three recent sociology graduates. Their testimonials describe the varied opportunities in the major and the different career and professional paths they and other sociology majors embark on post-graduation.
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  • A minimum of nine credits must be taken at UF
  • A minimum of six credits of coursework exclusive to the minor that cannot count toward the major or other minors

Required Courses

SYG 2000Principles of Sociology3
Sociology courses (2000 level or above)3
Sociology courses (3000 level or above) 19
Total Credits15

Excluding SYA 4905 and SYA 4911