Minors offer students enrolled in any of SSU's baccalaureate programs an opportunity to broaden their course of study with an auxiliary focus. The department of Social Sciences invites students at SSU to consider a minor in any of the many offered by the department.

Minors in Social Sciences


Anthropology is the study of humanity. The minor in anthropology provides students the opportunity to study the field in an organized fashion. View degree requirements in catalog.

Asian Studies

Asian Studies provides an overview of important Asian nations such as China, India and Japan. Economic and political trends and influence are examined in the context of an emerging multipolar and multicultural world. View degree requirements in catalog.


Criminology is the study of crime and criminal behavior. The criminology minor introduces students to the sociological and psychological study of criminality. View degree requirements in catalog.


Economics is the study of how business and personal decisions are made by people in a world of limited resources. View degree requirements in catalog


Geography is the study of both environmental location and the relationship between human beings and their environment. View degree requirements in catalog.

Grant Preparation Minor

This minor provides an interdisciplinary approach to Grant Writing. Grant Writing combines the identification of social problems, and the ability to seek out funding opportunities to address those problems. It combines skill sets across majors that students will be able to develop as part of a comprehensive understanding of Grant Writing. View degree requirements in catalog.


The history minor provides an introduction to the study of humanity's past. View degree requirements in catalog.


Combining biology and psychology, the neuroscience minor provides an intricate examination of the workings of the brain and mind. View degree requirements in catalog.

Political Science

The political science minor exposes students to public policy and government, both nationally and internationally. View degree requirements in catalog.


The psychology minor introduces students to the science of behavior and thought processes. View degree requirements in catalog.

Religious Studies

The Religious Studies minor provides an opportunity to study religions of the world in a comparative, critical and academic perspective. View degree requirements in catalog.

Social Work

The social work minor exposes students to the profession of social work and its mission to enhance well-being and quality of life for all people, especially those who are oppressed, or vulnerable. View degree requirements in catalog.


Sociology is the study of society, as well as, a set of methods used for studying social issues. The sociology minor provides exposure to this broadly applicable field. View degree requirements in catalog.

Women’s Studies

The women’s studies minor is an interdisciplinary program that focuses on politics, culture, history and society from a woman's perspective. View degree requirements in catalog.