Sociology Minor

Chair: Tom Arvanites, Ph.D.
Office Location: 204 Saint Augustine Center
Telephone: 610-519-4742


Sociology is the systematic study of social life. Sociologists believe that people’s actions are strongly influenced by the conditions and situations in which they live, work, and play. Everybody makes decisions, but we recognize and study how social structures and institutions affect and constrain those decisions. Our goal as researchers is to expose and analyze the impacts of those circumstances on human decisions, societies, and opportunities. Methodologically, we incorporate multiple perspectives and analytical approaches to help create a more holistic understanding of our society.  Our mission as teachers is to empower students to think critically and rigorously about individuals and societies. Through our diverse offerings on local, regional, national and global social processes, we strive to create more complete human beings with a keen sense of humanity, social justice, and appropriate social policy.

MINOR (15 credits)

A Minor is open to all students and requires 5 courses and 15 credits. Courses taken on a satisfactory/unsatisfactory basis cannot be used to satisfy requirements for the Minor. Minors cannot receive Sociology credit for an internship. Students wishing to earn a Minor in Sociology must fill out an application form available in the office.

Program Notes:

  • Only one course may be transferred from another university.  
  • No course for the minor may be taken S/U, and no more than one course transferred from another university will be accepted.
  • Minors cannot receive Sociology credit for an internship. 

Required Minor Courses:

Item #
SOC Minor Elective  +
SOC Minor Elective  +
SOC Minor Elective  +
SOC Minor Elective  +


The above program requirements are applicable to students entering Fall 2020. Please consult the appropriate archived handbook available on the homepage for years prior to these requirements. In order that programs offered by Villanova University reflect current advances and additions to knowledge and upgraded professional requirements, Villanova University reserves the right to change programs and requirements without prior notice. Students generally are bound to the requirements in effect and published online for the year in which their class begins its first year of study. Special requirements may be in effect for students who have left the University and are being readmitted. Students are advised to check with the web catalog or with their college offices regarding changes that may affect them. Additional academic information may be obtained from the various college offices and the web sites listed for the particular policies, programs and services found in this catalog.