Minor Requirements and Courses

Six courses are required to complete any track of the Minor in Inequality Studies and must include:

» The CORE course:

Controversies About Inequality (SOC/ DSOC/ PAM/ ILROB 2220, PHIL 1950, and AMST/GOVT 2225)

This course introduces students to contemporary debates and controversies about inequality. Learn how and why inequality varies across time and space, and learn to identify how inequality is generated and maintained. Offered every fall semester.

» ONE of the following overview courses:

º Social Inequality (PAM/SOC 2208 and DSOC 2090)
º Comparative Social Inequalities (DSOC 3700 and SOC 3710)
º Race and Public Policy (PAM 3370 and SOC 3370)
º Social Problems in the United States (PAM 2250 and SOC 2070)
[approved as an Overview course for Fall 2018 and 2019 only]
º Managing Diversity: Policies and Practices (ILROB 6260)
º Families and Social Inequality (PAM 4470 and SOC 4470)
[note this course is no longer offered]
º Economic Analysis of the Welfare State (ILRLE 4426 and ECON 3450)
[note this course is no longer offered]

» An additional FOUR electives complete the requirements for the minor:

General Minor Electives: Students enrolled in the general Minor in Inequality Studies choose all four electives from the full list of elective courses, with choices available across over thirty academic departments.

Health Equity Track Electives: Those students who opted to enroll in the Minor’s Health Equity track must complete TWO of their FOUR electives from the curated list of electives with specific health-equity relevance. The other two electives should be chosen from the full list of elective courses.


All courses toward the minor must be taken for a letter grade. The electives and overview course must collectively be distributed across at least three departments (all ILR courses are considered one department and cross-listed courses can be counted as any of their cross-listings). Students must earn a grade of C or higher in all minor courses. Completion of the minor will be recorded on the student’s academic record. For questions about course requirements, please contact the Center for the Study of Inequality.

The Center for the Study of Inequality hosts occasional lectures and symposia, and minors are encouraged to attend these when possible. These events will be announced via email and are also listed under events.