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

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

15  Choose ONE specialization

Culture & Society - Choose 5 courses from the following:

  • SOC  225, 355, 356, 382, 421, 422, 444, 458, 471, 480, 483, 484, 491, 492, or 494

Law & Justice - Choose 5 courses from the following:

  • SOC  150, 201, 326, 351, 452, 455, 456, 491, 492, or 494

Social Resilience - Choose 5 courses from the following:

  • SOC  151, 400, 432, 440, 454, 462, 491, 492, or 494

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

Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg

Professor, Sociology

Jonas Skywalk 209
605.642.6544
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