Department: Social Inquiry
Delivery Method: On-Campus
Type: Minor

Sociology is the study of humans as social beings. Sociologists explore the role of society in shaping our thoughts, feelings, behavior and how we choose to respond to that influence. As a sociology minor at UW-Superior, you will explore this and analyze other contemporary social issues relevant to local and global communities as you take courses such as:

  • Sociology of Deviance
  • Social Problems
  • Race and Ethnicity
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Environmental Sociology
  • Sociobiological Social Psychology
  • Sociology in Popular Culture


The Superior-Duluth area offers numerous internship opportunities including the Arrowhead Regional Development Commission, Superior City Planner’s office, Superior City Attorney’s Office, Superior Mayor’s office and Social Services, and more.


Study Abroad

UW-Superior’s flexible study abroad programs offer opportunities to study, conduct research, and hold internships in other countries.

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Teaching Licensure

Students who wish to teach sociology at the middle or high school level can earn their teaching license through our highly regarded Teacher Education program.

What You’ll Learn

Through a minor in sociology at UW-Superior, you will be able to:

  • Analyze the production and reproduction of social meanings, norms and labels.
  • Demonstrate understanding of social constructionism and be better able to analyze and interpret the ways that societies are often socially constructed.
  • Cultivate understanding of how characteristics and identities, including race, ethnicity, age, gender, sexuality and disability affect how individuals experience their social world.
  • Effectively analyze the role that social power and access to social resources play in determining social norms and labels.
  • Analyze institutions, including government, education, law, and healthcare from a sociological perspective.
  • Explain the grounding of social phenomena in history, geography and time.
  • Research social phenomena using theory, existing research and appropriate research methods.
  • Effectively communicate sociological understanding in written and oral presentations.

Program Outcomes/Career Opportunities

In this program you will develop a broad informational background along with critical thinking, research and communication skills that will prepare you for a wide array of employment opportunities.

Program graduates hold a variety of job titles, such as:

  • Childcare counselor
  • Social worker
  • Employment interviewer
  • Office coordinator
  • Group counselor
  • Unit coordinator of group homes
  • Counselor for delinquent youths
  • Social services case worker
  • Child protection worker
  • Nursing home activity director
  • Youth shelter director
  • Personnel manager
  • Juvenile corrections caseworker

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