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Learning Abroad in Sociology—LCD Specific

    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

    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 (socadvis@umn.edu) 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 

    Programs

    Africa and the Middle East

    Israel

    University Study in Israel: Hebrew University of Jerusalem

    • Program Type: University Study.
    • Combine academic excellence with the opportunity to live and breathe the subject matter in Israel.
    • Choose from an extremely wide variety of LCD-related courses. Sample course offerings include: Terror, Counter-terror and Human Rights; Corporate Crime; Transitional Justice: Arab-Israeli Conflict; The Secret History of International Law; Law of the United Nations
    • Instruction is in English. Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year.

    Kenya

    MSID—International Development in Kenya

    • Program type: Field Study
    • The themes are Entrepreneurship, Health, Human Rights, and Sustainability
    • An academic program built around grassroots development internships and research. Students will either receive credit for Internship in Kenya, or Research in Kenya, depending on which option they choose.
    • Instruction is in English; no prior Swahili is required. Fall or Spring semester.

    Senegal

    MSID—International Development in Senegal

    • Program type: Field Study
    • The themes are Entrepreneurship, Health, Human Rights, and Sustainability
    • An academic program built around grassroots development internships and research. Students will either receive credit for Internship in Senegal, or Research in Senegal, depending on which option they choose.
    • Instruction is in French. Fall or Spring semester. 

    South Africa

    University Study in South Africa: Cape Town

    • Program type: University Study.
    • Experience South African culture firsthand while learning alongside African students. Study in an urban setting at the University of Cape Town. The University of Cape Town is South Africa’s oldest university and is one of Africa’s leading teaching and research institutions.
    • Particularly good for students who are interested in learning about the culture of South Africa. Course options include African studies, historical studies, political science, and many others. 
    • Instruction is in English. Fall or spring semester, academic or calendar year.

    Americas

    Ecuador

    MSID—International Development in Ecuador

    • Program type: Field Study
    • The themes are Entrepreneurship, Health, Human Rights, and Sustainability
    • An academic program built around grassroots development internships and research. Students will either receive credit for Internship in Ecuador, or Research in Ecuador, depending on which option they choose.
    • Instruction is in Spanish. Fall or Spring semester. 

    Peru

    Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú (available through IFSA Peru)

    • Program type: University Study and Study Center hybrid.
    • Lima-based PUCP is Peru’s oldest private university. Program participants take university courses plus 2 required center courses. For online course find Sociología, then click on Sumillas
    • Sample course offerings:  Sociological Theory; Urban Sociology; Ethics & Society; Drugs and Society, Migration and Urban Culture in Peru, Rights and Citizenship in Peru, Sociology of Conflict and Negotiations, Sociology of Violence
    • Instruction is in Spanish; five prior semesters of Spanish are required. Fall or spring semester, calendar or academic year

    Asia and Oceania

    Australia

    Study & Intern in Sydney

    • Program Type: Field Study and Study Center
    • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Summer
    • The greatest attraction for many students is the internship component.
    • An extraordinary range of internship opportunities could include law offices, human rights organizations, environmental advocacy groups, and many others.
    • Instruction in English, by Australian faculty.

    New Zealand

    University Study in New Zealand: University of Auckland

    • Program type: University Study.
    • New Zealand’s largest university, located in its largest city and boasting one of the country’s strongest sociology departments.
    • Choose from an extremely wide variety of LCD related courses, including cultural Criminology; The Criminal Mind- Crime and Individual Differences; Ethnic Targeting- Crime, Racialization and The State; Law, Inequality and the State; Last Call: The Sociology of Death and Dying; Outsiders-Youth and Adult Subcultures; The Sociology of Mental Health; Women and Deviance; Sociology of the Welfare State; Sociology of Violence; Deviance and Social Control; Contemporary Issues in Punishment; Research in Criminology.
    • Instruction is in English. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic/calendar year.

    University Study in New Zealand: Victoria University of Wellington

    • Program Type: University Study.
    • Program Term: Fall or Spring Semester, Academic or Calendar Year.
    • This university of over 17,000 students is located in the political capital of New Zealand.
    • Location and the country’s small size (4 million) mean students have unparalleled access to politicians and the political process
    • Courses available in such areas as Commercial Law, Criminology, International Relations, Maori Studies, Political Science, Law, Public Policy, and Social Policy, and many others.
    • Instruction is in English. Fall semester, spring semester, or academic/calendar year.

    Thailand 

    MSID—International Development in Thailand

    • Program type: Field Study
    • The themes are Entrepreneurship, Health, Human Rights, and Sustainability
    • An academic program built around grassroots development internships and research. Students will either receive credit for Internship in Thailand, or Research in Thailand, depending on which option they choose.
    • Instruction is in English; no prior Thai required
    • Fall or spring semester

    Europe

    Denmark

    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.

    France

    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.

    Ireland

    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.

    Netherlands

    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.

    Norway

    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.

    United Kingdom

    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.

    Additional Options to Consider

    Intensive Language Programs

    • Begin your language study or work toward completing requirements for a language minor.
    • Work on your CLA language requirement or on a language minor while immersed in the language.
    • Complete two, three, or even four semesters of language in a semester or a summer.

    Global Seminars

    • 3-week, 3-credit programs at the 3000-level led by University of Minnesota faculty and staff over Winter Break or May Session.
    • Fulfill Liberal Education requirements, or earn major/minor credit.
    • Explore an exciting location and topic! Check out this year's offerings.

    Freshman Seminars

    • Freshman Seminars Abroad combine on-campus instruction during the spring semester with a study abroad component during spring break.
    • Seminars are 3 credits at the 19xx level and most fulfill a liberal education requirement.
    • Seminars are designed specifically for first-year students as an introduction to study abroad.

    Non-Credit Opportunities

    • Non-credit opportunities can be a great option for students who do not need academic credit but want to gain skills and experience abroad related to their field of study.