Study Sociology at BHSU

Social & Cultural Awareness

  • 3  SOC  100  Introduction to Sociology
  • 3  SOC  350  Race and Ethnic Relations
  • 3  SOC  423  Social Stratification
  • 3  SOC  483  Sociology of Gender Roles

Social Resiliency

  • 3  SOC  100  Introduction to Sociology
  • 3  SOC  151  Social Issues in Sustainability
  • 3  SOC  462  Population Studies
  • 3  SOC  440  Urban Sociology -OR- SOC  463  Environmental Sociology

Sociology


The Sociology major at Black Hills State University focuses on the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Students in the program expand their social awareness and gain critical thinking skills that will benefit them in their professional and personal lives.

Graduates of the BHSU Sociology program prepare for successful careers in criminal justice, government, business and industry, research and planning, advocacy, and communications. They are prepared to make a difference in society.

The benefits of getting this degree from BHSU include:

  • Have personal access to professors who have a wealth of experiences in the field
  • Take interesting courses that study sociological theories and apply them to the outside world
  • Have opportunities for travel to regional and national conferences to present your own research
  • Get involved in numerous campus organizations
  • Participate in meaningful internships in the community

HUMAN SERVICES AND SOCIOLOGY ASSOCIATION (HSSA)

• Networking with area professionals
• Participate in community organizations like the food pantry
• Learn about internship opportunities
• Leadership opportunities for those interested
• Work with other student organizations like the Psychology club
• Opportunities both in Spearfish and Rapid City 

BHSU Spearfish advisor - Dr. Trenton Ellis
BHSU Rapid City - Dr. Lesleigh Owen

Required Core - 27 semester hours

  • 3  SOC  100  Introduction to Sociology
  • 3  SOC  307  Research Methods I
  • 3  SOC  308  Research Methods II
  • 3  SOC  330  Self and Society
  • 3  SOC  350  Race and Ethnic Relations
  • 3  SOC  402  Social Deviance
  • 3  SOC  403  Sociological Theory
  • 3  SOC  423  Social Stratification
  • 3  SOC  498  Undergraduate Research/Scholarship

Choose ONE specialization

Culture & Society - Choose 5 courses from the following:

  • SOC 225 - American Indian Women 3 semester hours
  • SOC 355 - Sociology of the Mass Media 3 semester hours
  • SOC 356 - Sociology of Religion 3 semester hours
  • SOC 382 - The Family 3 semester hours
  • SOC 421 - Indians of North America 3 semester hours
  • SOC 422 - Issues in Contemporary Indian Life 3 semester hours
  • SOC 458 - Sociology of Aging 3 semester hours
  • SOC 471 - Medical Sociology 3 semester hours
  • SOC 480 - Sociology of Education 3 semester hours
  • SOC 483 - Sociology of Gender Roles 3 semester hours
  • SOC 484 - Political Sociology 3 semester hours
  • SOC 491 - Independent Study 1 to 3 semester hours
  • SOC 492 - Topics 1 to 3 semester hours
  • SOC 494 - Internship 1 to 12 semester hours

Law & Justice - Choose 5 courses from the following:

  • SOC 150 - Social Problems 3 semester hours
  • SOC 201 - Introduction to Criminal Justice 3 semester hours
  • SOC 326 - Mediation and Conflict Resolution 3 semester hours
  • SOC 351 - Criminology 3 semester hours
  • SOC 452 - Prisons and Penology 3 semester hours
  • SOC 455 - Juvenile Delinquency 3 semester hours
  • SOC 456 - Community Corrections 3 semester hours
  • SOC 491 - Independent Study 1 to 3 semester hours
  • SOC 492 - Topics 1 to 3 semester hours
  • SOC 494 - Internship 1 to 12 semester hours

Social Resilience - Choose 5 courses from the following:

  • SOC 151 - Social Issues in Sustainability 3 semester hours
  • SOC 400 - Social Policy 3 semester hours
  • SOC 432 - Collective Behavior & Social Change 3 semester hours
  • SOC 440 - Urban Sociology 3 semester hours
  • SOC 454 - Indian Community Organization & Development 3 semester hours
  • SOC 462 - Population Studies 3 semester hours
  • SOC 491 - Independent Study 1 to 3 semester hours
  • SOC 492 - Topics 1 to 3 semester hours
  • SOC 494 - Internship 1 to 12 semester hours

Supportive Electives - Take 1 course from each group below. Courses must be different than those used to satisfy Gen Ed & Major requirements

  • 3  Social Science:  AIS/LAKL, ANTH, GEOG, HIST, POLS, SPCM
  • 3  Social Science:  ART, ARTH, ENGL, FREN, GERM, HUM, MCOM, PHIL, RUSS, SPAN, THEA

General Education


A minor is required with this major plus electives to total 120 hours, of which 36 hours must be 300-400 level courses.

Notes: This program guide serves as a resource for you. For official program requirements, please check with the official catalog at http://catalog.bhsu.edu.

*Updated 6/13/19*

Minor in Sociology - 21 semester hours

  • 3  SOC  100  Introduction to Sociology (gen ed)
  • 3  SOC  150  Social Problems (gen ed)
  • 3  SOC  403  Sociological Theory
  • 3  SOC  423  Social Stratification
  • 9  SOC Electives - Take any 3 courses from SOC

Minor in Sociology - Teaching - 21 semester hours

  • 3  SOC  100  Introduction to Sociology (gen ed)
  • 3  SOC  150  Social Problems (gen ed)
  • 3  SOC  350  Race and Ethnic Relations
  • 3  SOC  403  Sociological Theory
  • 3  SOC  423  Social Stratification
  • 3  SOC  Electives  Take any course from SOC
  • 3  SEED  415  7-12 Social Science Methods

Careers in this field

» Admissions Counselor
» Case Manager
» Community Organizer
» Corrections Officer
» Human Resource Manager
» Juvenile Court Worker
» Market Analyst
» Police Officer
» Project Manager
» Public Relations
» Urban Planner
» Special Agent

Get Involved

International Travel

Our majors have been supportive of international travel to both Botswana and the Philippines, and we have plans to take students to London to investigate the topic of social stratification.

Internships

As one of our Sociology majors, you will recognize the importance of real life experience, and regularly investigate and participate in local region internships. Other BHSU Sociology graduates who have taken an internship have a 100% job placement rate!

Human Services and Sociology Association

The Human Services Sociology Association (HSSA) is a student organization made up of student members who are majoring in or are interested in the Human Services or Sociology Field. “Our mission is to provide opportunities for personal and professional development through networking, training programs, exploration, education, and service projects.” Beyond the Degree is new program designed to provide career exploration in the Behavioral Sciences Field. Guest speakers provide insight about specific careers within the field of Criminal Justice, Child Protection, Human Services, and more.
HSSA offers a variety of certified trainings in the realm of future career requirements. Mental Health First Aid, CPR and First Aid, and Adverse Childhood Experiences are some of the few that have been offered. Each training equips participants with proper procedures when interacting with clients in distress.

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Develop valuable personal relationships in a small community with amazing faculty and staff while thriving in the outdoors of the Black Hills.