Department of Sociology
228 Minné Hall (507.457.5420)
Mark Norman (Chairperson)
Brian Aldrich, Professor; AB, Lewis and Clark College; MS, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison; 1976 –
Nicole Civettini, Assistant Professor; BA, Marquette University; MA, PhD, University of Iowa; 2010-
Jennifer J. Nargang Chernega, Associate Professor; BA, Concordia College (Minnesota); MA, PhD, Loyola University (Chicago); 2007 –
Paul J. Munson, Associate Professor; BA, Augustana; MA, JD, University of Denver; 1999 –
J. Mark Norman, Professor; BA, MS, St. Cloud State University; PhD, South Dakota State University; 1996 –
Aurea K. Osgood, Associate Professor; BA, Winona State University; MA, PhD, Bowling Green State University; 2007 –
Rafael Narvaez, Assistant Professor; BA, Universidad de Lima (Peru); MA, PhD, The New Shool, The New School of Social Research; 2012 –
James W. Parlow, Assistant Professor; BS, Winona State University; MS, St. Cloud State University; 2008 –
R. Stephen Schwartz, Professor; BS, MS, University of Oklahoma; Post-Graduate Certificate, University of Zambia (University of London, external); PhD, University of Iowa; 1973 –
Angie Scott, Assistant Professor; BA, The Ohio State University; JD, University of Notre Dame; 2008-
The purpose of the Department of Sociology is to help students understand the theories, methods, and concepts of sociology and criminal justice. Graduates with majors in Sociology or Criminal Justice will have the skills, knowledge, and experience to succeed in professional employment or further education and to be active citizens of their local and global communities.
Pass/No Credit (P/NC) Courses
Except for field experiences and internships, students must take all courses on a grade-only basis. Only grades of “C” or better in courses offered in the department can be used to meet major and minor requirements.
General Education Program Intensive Requirements
Students may use intensive courses to satisfy both General Education Program and major requirements. Intensive courses will usually be in the student’s major or minor program. The Department of Sociology offers the following Sociology intensive courses in the General Education Program:
Math/Critical Analysis (◆)
Intensive courses that can be used to satisfy sociology major/minor requirements are identified in the lists of required courses and electives in this section.