Sociology Minor


The sociology minor, which can be completed entirely online, is an excellent way to increase employability and to supplement skills and abilities developed while completing a bachelor’s degree.

  • The sociology minor includes 18 credit hours of study that provide foundational knowledge of social structures and behavior. Coursework includes one required course plus 15 credits of electives that enable students to tailor the program to meet their individual career goals.
  • The sociology minor can serve as a complement to any major. The minor is particularly well-suited for students majoring in online programs in criminology and criminal justice, general studies, human resource development, and psychology as well students preparing for careers in business, nursing, technology, and many other fields. In addition, the program is well-suited for students completing on-campus programs in communication, human and environmental systems (anthropology), and human development and family studies.
  • An optional internship is available for minors who wish to jump-start their plans for employment following graduation. Department advisors are available to discuss the value of these programs in support of students’ career aspirations.
  • The minor is open to all ISU students who wish to add a minor to their current program of study. Courses in the minor may satisfy requirements in Foundational Studies and some majors. Students should consult with their advisors before enrolling in courses to ensure suitability and plan their program of study.
  • Sufficient courses are offered online for students to complete this minor from a distance. On-campus visits are not required.

Note: Students have the option of completing the sociology minor by taking courses all online, all on-campus, or a blend of the two.


The sociology minor is open to all ISU undergraduate majors. To complete the minor, students must pass SOC 101 with a minimum of a C and complete at least 15 additional credits of sociology electives with at least a 2.2 in all courses. A minimum of 6 credits of the electives in the minor must be at the 300/400 level. In addition, students must fulfill the University's requirements for graduation with a bachelor degree, including successful completion of a major.

Note: Individuals who wish to enroll in one (or more) sociology courses—but do not intend to pursue bachelor degrees—may apply to the University as non-degree students. Registration is on a space available basis. For assistance, contact Indiana State Online at (812) 237-2345 or

Required Courses

Further Information

For further information and assistance, contact:

Indiana State Online
(812) 237-2345


The Graduate Catalog and Undergraduate Catalog of Indiana State University are the documents of authority for all students. The requirements given in the catalogs supersede information issued by any academic department, program, college, or school. The University reserves the right to change the requirements at any time.