Everyone is part of multiple social groups. Your local community, your ethnic group, your religious organization, your workplace, your team, your family - these are all examples of groups to which you might belong. The Sociology minor pairs well with almost any other major since it provides insight into human behavior and group dynamics. Understanding the social causes and consequences of human behavior is beneficial in business, law, urban planning, the arts, nursing and healthcare in general, education, and more.

The Sociology minor is highly flexible - 18 credits in sociology are required but there are no specific required courses. Students can choose from the entire array of sociology courses as long as half of the choices are upper-level courses.

The Sociology minor is available entirely online for students that wish to earn their degree from a distance. All classes required for the minor can be taken online, or students can mix-and-match and take some online and some traditional classes.


Students must complete at least 9 upper-division (numbered 300 and above) credits in the minor in residence at UWM. The College requires that students attain at least a 2.0 GPA on all credits in the minor attempted at UWM. In addition, students must attain a 2.0 GPA on all minor credits attempted, including any transfer work.

The minor in Sociology requires 18 credits in Sociology courses (6 courses), with 9 of those credits in courses numbered 300 or above taken in residence at UWM.

Declare Your Sociology Minor with a Faculty Advisor

Current students already enrolled at UWM who wish to declare a sociology minor may do so by using our online request form. For questions, email sociology@uwm.edu. Applicants who have not started classes at UWM yet who wish to change their minor should contact our admissions counselor at let-sci@uwm.edu.

Students completing a degree in the College of Letter & Science who already have an L&S college advisor can discuss the minor with their college advisor as well. Students whose major is outside of the College of Letters & Science will not have an L&S college advisor and can work solely with their Sociology faculty advisor to address any questions related to the minor.