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Students whose career goals involve extensive contact with the public, including majors in business, communications, engineering, human development and family studies, nursing, and psychology would benefit from a Minor in Sociology. It is a means toward greater understanding of the complex social and cultural world that shapes their future clients' and customers' life experiences, needs, and concerns.

Many people employed in the criminal justice system have a Minor in Criminal Justice. Opportunities for students majoring in the biological sciences and chemistry may find opportunities available in crime laboratories where scientific techniques are used in the study of criminal evidence. The areas of wildlife/fisheries and park/land management also serve as areas of potential employment.

Students who take the Social and Human Services Minor will be well prepared for the growing number of entry-level professional positions. Students in this minor learn basic approaches to human and social services and develop basic skills in implementing those approaches. They complete introductory social-work courses for those interested in considering social work.  The minor also provides flexibility for online students who are interested in social and human services-related careers and wish to add this option to their program of study. 

Electives are designed to address the skills and knowledge employers look for in their hiring process. These courses provide initial preparation for students interested in careers that utilize a social systems approach. The goal of this minor is to provide students with course work, training, and field experiences so they can excel in the field.

The minor in Youth and Community Work  provides students with course work that addresses the skills necessary to work in recreational programs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and other related positions in community centers, schools, churches and other non-profits. Students will have experience in applying what they are learning in a real-world setting. Students with a related major such as Sociology, Recreation, Human Development and Family Studies, and Psychology will gain knowledge and experience that will specifically benefit those entering careers that work closely with youth.