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Rural Sociology Minor

Penn State graduate students have the opportunity to add Rural Sociology as a graduate minor.

MS Students

  • MS students need 6 credits of 500-level (or higher) courses in Rural Sociology. This request must be made at least one semester prior to the semester in which the student intends to graduate.
  • Required coursework for MS students for a Rural Sociology minor:
    • At least 1 course from the following list: RSOC 502, 508, 516, 517, 525, 530, 552, 555
    • Additional coursework to satisfy the 6 credit requirement
  • MS students who use Rural Sociology courses to satisfy requirements for a dual-title program may not count these courses toward the Rural Sociology minor.

 

PhD Students

  • PhD students need 15 credits of 500-level (or higher) courses in Rural Sociology. This request must be made prior to establishing the doctoral committee and prior to scheduling the comprehensive examination.
  • Required coursework for PhD students for a Rural Sociology minor:

    • RSOC 502, 516, 517 (at least 1)
    • RSOC 513, 514 (at least 1)
    • RSOC 508, 525, 530, 552, 555 (at least 1)
    • Additional coursework to satisfy the 15 credit requirement
  • PhD students who use Rural Sociology courses to satisfy requirements for dual-title programs may petition to count up to 6 Rural Sociology course credits used for the dual-title program toward the minor. 

 

To request approval for a graduate minor in Rural Sociology, contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Dr. Kathryn Brasier (, 814-865-7321).

Requests for approval for a graduate minor should include:

  • Student’s purpose for wanting the RSOC minor in terms of contribution to graduate school studies and career plans
  • Current status in program
  • Committee membership (if known)
  • RSOC coursework taken, coursework to be taken to satisfy requirements
  • Timeline for this coursework
  • If petitioning to allow RSOC courses taken to satisfy dual-title program requirements to also count for the Rural Sociology minor, provide justification that coursework and/or research activities will provide foundation for Rural Sociological content


For additional information about graduate program minors, please see the Graduate School guidelines.