Study abroad is an excellent way to put your Sociological Imagination into practice!
Academic Planning Recommendations
Liberal Education Requirements
Search the U Credit Abroad Search. You may also submit any liberal education course not yet evaluated for approval online.
Major and Minor Requirements
With careful planning, it is possible to take courses to fulfill Sociology major and minor requirements. The department will screen overseas coursework and help you fit appropriate courses into your major requirements. Courses must have significant sociological content, but don’t have to be listed under sociology.
For exact course substitution (Soc 1001, 3701, 3801, 3811, etc.) the course needs to be equivalent. It may be easier to apply study abroad to the five required upper-division elective courses within the major. Only upper-division courses may fulfill requirements in the sociology major.
Honors students must take their Proseminar I and Proseminar II (SOC 4977 and Soc 4978) at the University of Minnesota in the fall and spring of their senior year.
Internships abroad might apply toward the elective component of the major, but the academic documentation must be persuasive. Although the department encourages internships, you may be able to use them only toward elective credit outside the major. Your chances will improve if you work with the sociology adviser before departure.
College of Liberal Arts Language Requirement
Sociology B.A. - Courses taken abroad for the CLA Language Requirement must be at least 4 credits. CLA college advisers can approve courses that are clearly identified in a syllabus or online course description as first-, second-, third-, or fourth-semester language courses. If the course level is not explicitly stated, you must work with your CLA adviser to have the course evaluated by the appropriate language department. Advisers cannot approve these courses.
Sociology B.S. - Instead of the second language courses required to earn a sociology BA, students in the BS program take additional math and statistics courses. While not required, you may choose to take a second language, since language skills may still be beneficial in completing post-graduation goals.
Who will advise me and help me with course approvals?
Learning Abroad Center advisers can help you find program and course information to help you prepare for your study abroad academic planning discussion with your academic adviser. Once you have narrowed down your program options, 'meet with the Coordinator of Undergraduate Advising in Sociology (email@example.com) to help determine if a course can count toward your Sociology program. Use the Academic Planning for Study Abroad (APSA) form to structure your academic planning.
College/Department Scholarships for UofM Students
Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS)
- Program type: Study Abroad Center.
- Academically superb program, includes LCD-relevant courses such as Anatomy of Hatred; Criminology & Criminal Justice in Scandinavia; Gang Crime in Scandinavia; Human Trafficking in a Global Context.
- Instruction is in English; no prior Danish is required. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.
Language & Culture in Southern France
- Program Type: Study Center and University Study hybrid.
- One of the premier study opportunities in France, the University of Minnesota’s own program in Montpellier attracts students from throughout the US.
- Special language and culture courses for international students plus courses from the regular curriculum of l’Université Paul Valéry.
- Sample course offerings from l’Université Paul Valéry include Sociology of Violence; Urban Legends; Political Sociology; Sociology of the Digital Age; Sociology & Society; Contemporary Sociology.
- For-credit internships are available in many settings.
- Instruction entirely in French. Fall or Spring Semester, Academic Year.
Irish Parliamentary Internships
- Program Type: Field Study.
- Based in Dublin, Ireland, this program offers opportunities for in-depth internships with a member of parliament, or in some cases with a public service agency, industry or community organization, or a lobby group.
- One or more classroom courses complement and support the internship.
- Instruction in English; Fall or spring semester.
IES Netherlands—Law and Criminology Track
- Program type: University Study.
- Hosted at VU University Amsterdam (VU), you enroll in a core course on law and three to four law or criminology-related courses at the VU. Observe some of Europe’s most progressive laws in action, and have access to the professionals and experts who can help you put them in context.
- Sample courses include Transnational Organized Crime; Transnational Law in Social Context; Victimology; Crime and Justice in the Netherlands; Law & Legal Practice- an International & Comparative.
- Instruction is in English; no prior study of Dutch is required. Fall or Spring semester.
Exchange in Oslo
- Program Type: University Study.
- This highly affordable program is located in Norway’s capital; the University of Oslo is the nation’s largest and most comprehensive institution of higher education.
- Wide range of LCD course offerings available in English. Sample courses include Torture, Terror and Rights; A Criminology of Globalization; Criminological Perspectives on Gender, Sexuality and Violence; Cultural and Narrative Criminology; Media and Crime.
- Instruction is in English. Fall or Spring Semester, Academic Year.
Study & Intern in London
- Program Type: Study Abroad Center.
- Choose from a variety of courses that focus on British culture; areas include gender issues, politics, religion, art, and business
- Enhance your experience by participating in a 3 or 6-credit internship at places such as the Institute for Criminal Policy Research, Monroe Young Families, etc.
- This program offers several internships related specifically to students focusing on Law, Criminology & Deviance (LCD).
- Instruction in English. Fall or spring semester, summer options also available.
University Study in the UK: University of Glasgow
- Program type: University Study.
- Located in Scotland’s largest city, the University of Glasgow offers over forty undergraduate courses in Sociology.
- Sample course titles: Punishment & Society; Drugs & Culture; Sexualities; Sociology of Health & Illness; Black Radical Social Thought; Youth & Social Change.
- Instruction in English. Fall or spring semester, academic year, or summer.