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On behalf of the Sociology Department, we hope you have a grand homecoming weekend! Below we’ve highlighted significant dates, opportunities and events for you.

Spring Registration

Registration dates for Spring Semester classes will be posted soon. Be sure to check your registration time at myu under academics.

Here are a few classes within the Sociology Department to start exploring!

Soc 3412 – Social Networking

  • An introduction to Social Network Analysis. This course will cover basic methods for collecting, modeling and visualizing human social connections, including applications to social media, public health and politics. (Fulfill Data Analysis for BS)


Soc 3452 – Education and Society

  • This course challenges and expands on what “education” is and how it works, covering why some people go farther in school than others, why some people learn more than others, and what creates systematic group differences in educational outcomes.


Soc 3511 – World Population Problems

  •  This class introduces you to the dramatic changes in world population in the recent past, and the continuing demographic change occurring in the United States and around the world. You will learn about the fundamental demographic processes of mortality, fertility, migration, population, and aging.


Soc 4104 – Crime and Human Rights

  • This course addresses serious violations of humanitarian and human rights law, efforts to criminalize those violations, and consequences of these efforts. Examples are crimes against humanity, war crimes, and genocide.


Soc 4190 – Topics in LCD: Gangs & Youth Violence Around the World

  • The course is aimed at exploring the subject of youth violence in a global dimension. It will help students in becoming familiar with this cross-national social phenomenon and in critically understanding it as not only a crime issue, but as an expression of social change and of cultural resistance.

Complete List of Spring 2018 Sociology Classes

Course List with Schedule Times, Classrooms, and Instructor(s)

Detailed Class Descriptions

University of Minnesota Sociological Association (UMSA)


Stay tuned for upcoming UMSA events

Sociology’s student organization:

  • provides a voice for the needs of sociology majors and minors on campus
  • organizes programs of interest to sociology students
  • facilitates understanding and interactions among undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty
  • is committed to valuing a diversity of viewpoints and experiences

The best way to get involved in our student group is to attend the events organized by UMSA officers. If you are interested in helping to plan events, email our officers at We also post our upcoming events on Facebook and in the sociology department’s e-newsletter. Attending events regularly constitutes membership of UMSA, and all events are open to all sociology majors and minors. There is no application or fee to join.


  • Tutors Needed for the McNamara Academic Center for Student Athletes

    Adam Demchak, the Tutor Coordinator for the McNamara Academic Center for Student Athletes needs Sociology Major Specific students to help tutor

  • Pay: Undergraduates $11/hour.  Graduate students $14/hour
  • To apply, you must do the following two things:
    1) Fill out the online application.
  • 2) Email to the following three items:
    -Resume, Copy of Transcript (unofficial is fine), Cover Letter
  • Subject Tutor Information Sheet 2017


University of Michigan Summer Enrichment Program

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UM SEP | Contact: (734) 936-3296 |



2018 Boren Awards

For: Undergraduates and Graduates

What:  Funding to study in regions of critical U.S. Languages and Underrepresented in Study Abroad

Scholarships: $8,000-20,000

Deadline: November 20, 2017

Boren Award Info Letter 2017

Apply Here


Upcoming Events:

Interested in Becoming a K-12 Teacher?

What: DirecTrack to Teaching is a program (not a major or minor) for undergraduate students interested in the teaching profession.
When: November 3rd @ 11:30-1PM
Where: Peik Hall, Room 355

Free lunch provided!

Students can RSVP here.

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You can also visit the DirecTrack to Teaching website.


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Event:  Career Panel and Networking event focused on Corporate Diversity and Inclusion
Date: Nov. 2nd, 20147

Time: 11:45am to 1:30pm in room 402 Walter Library –

Our schedule for this event is as follows:

  • 12:00pm – 12:45pm – Career Panel

  • 12:45pm – 1:00pm – Mini-Networking Workshop for students and Practice

  • 1:00pm – 1:30pm – Open Networking

Our confirmed panelists are:
1) Dr. Sylvia Bartley, Global Director at Medtronic Philanthropy and Coordinator for Economic Development partnerships with North Minneapolis and Cedar Riverside communities
2) LaChelle Drayton, College Recruiting Diversity Sourcing & Marketing Lead at UnitedHealthGroup
3) Luis Moreno, Co-Founder of The Twin Cities Business Peer Network
4) Uzoma Obasi, President, Minnesota Black Chamber of Commerce



Master of Human Rights Degree at The Humphrey School of Public Affairs

The Humphrey School of Public Affairs is recruiting new students for the 2018 academic year. Each cohort brings a diversity of experiences and interests all ready to take advantage of a wide variety of course offerings and experiential learning opportunities available here at the University of Minnesota.

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Here is some key information:

  • This page will provide some basic information on the Master of Human Rights.
  • The priority deadline is December 15, 2017. Students need to apply by this date to be eligible for University of Minnesota merit based aid.
  • Students who apply by January 15, 2018 are eligible for some merit based aid.
  • The final application deadline is April 1, 2018.
  • For information on how to apply please visit this page.
  • We have an informational webinar scheduled for October 23 from 5:00- 6:00pm.  Go here to register.
  • Email us at to learn more about the program.

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University of Cincinnati Sociology PhD Program

Considering grad school? 

A former undergraduate student, Jennifer Malat, from the Sociology Department here at the U is the Associate Dean for Social Science at the University of Cincinnati. She is interested in recruiting undergrads from our program to their Ph.D. program in Sociology. A brochure is available down below!

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Bowling Green State University

Bowling Green State University is ranked in the top 20 nationally by the National Research Council with concentrations within the PhD program of: Criminology, Demography, Family Studies, and Social Psychology.  Students entering the doctoral program without an MA will complete one along the way.

More information here.