• Overview

    Sociology is the scientific study of societies. It’s a tool for explaining the complexities of human behavior, exploring the forces of social change, and bringing facts and reason to public policy debates. Students learn to investigate and interpret data about group behavior and institutions; to scientifically engage with the operation of categories like class, gender, and race; and to design strategies for responding to social problems. Learn more about the Sociology program.


    Minors are available to undergraduate students across The New School.  


    Requirements for the Sociology Minor

    This minor is designed to enhance students’ understanding of how society works and how social changes affect our lives. Special emphasis is placed on skills and knowledge that enable students to critically reflect on prevailing social relations in everyday life. The minor in Sociology requires completion of the following five (5) courses. To see which courses fulfill requirements, review the Qualifying Sociology Courses document (PDF) and visit the Lang course finder.

    Two (2) core courses:

    • 1 LSOC theory course (Classical or Contemporary Sociology, or Sociological Imagination)
    • 1 LSOC sociological methods course (Statistics or another methods course)

    Three (3) LSOC electives, two of which must be 3000 level or higher

    Total credits: 18-20
    Students must receive a grade of C or better in every course used to fulfill area-of-study requirements.