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BHSU 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

Sociology Major Course Requirements

Sociology Major

Required Core - 36 semester hours

  • 3 SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology (gen ed)
  • 3 SOC 330 Self and Society
  • 3 SOC 350 Race and Ethnic Diversity
  • 3 SOC 402 Social Deviance
  • 3 SOC 403 Sociological Theory
  • 3 SOC 423 Social Stratification
  • 3 SS 350 Introduction to Research Methods
  • 15 hours SOC Electives

Gen Ed Requirements - 37 semester hours

  • 3     ENGL 101 Composition I
  • 3     ENGL 201 Composition II
  • 3     MATH Gen Ed - Mathematics
  • 3     SPCM Speech 101, 215, or 222
  • 1     WEL 100 Wellness for Life
  • 1     WEL 100L Wellness Laboratory
  • 3     Gen Ed - Social Science
  • 6     Gen Ed - Arts & Humanities
  • 8     Gen Ed - Natural Science & Lab

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

Sociology Minor

Minor in Sociology - 21 semester hours

  • 9   SOC Electives
  • 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

Soc. Minor - Teaching

Minor in Sociology - Teaching - 21 semester hours

  • 3 SOC Electives
  • 3 SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology
  • 3 SOC 150 - Social Problems
  • 3 SOC 350 - Race and Ethnic Relations
  • 3 SOC 403 - Sociological Theory
  • 3 SOC 423 - Social Stratification
  • 3 SEED 415 - 7-12 Social Science Methods

Career Opportunities

Sociology majors are able to find careers in a variety of fields:

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

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