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

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 Course Requirements

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  American Indian Women
  • SOC  355  Sociology of the Mass Media
  • SOC  356  Sociology Religion
  • SOC  382  The Family
  • SOC  421  Culture of the American Indian
  • SOC  422  Issues in Contemporary Indian Life
  • SOC  444  Siouan Tribal Culture
  • SOC  458  Sociology of Aging
  • SOC  471  Medical Sociology
  • SOC  480  Sociology of Education
  • SOC  483  Sociology of Gender
  • SOC  484  Political Sociology
  • SOC  491  (291) Independent Study (1-3)
  • SOC  492  Topics (1-3)
  • SOC  494  Internship (1-3)

Law & Justice - Choose 5 courses from the following:

  • SOC  150  Social Problems
  • SOC  201  Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • SOC  326  Mediation and Conflict Resolution
  • SOC  351  Criminology
  • SOC  452  Prisons and Penology
  • SOC  455  Juvenile Delinquency
  • SOC  456  Community Corrections
  • SOC  491  (291) Independent Study (1-3)
  • SOC  492  Topics (1-3)
  • SOC  494  Internship (1-3)

Social Resilience - Choose 5 courses from the following:

  • SOC  151  Social Issues in Sustainability 
  • SOC  400  Social Policy
  • SOC  432  Collective Behavior & Social Change
  • SOC  440  Urban Sociology
  • SOC  454  Indian Community Organization & Development
  • SOC  462  Population Studies
  • SOC  491  (291) Independent Study (1-3)
  • SOC  492  Topics (1-3)
  • SOC  494  Internship (1-3)

General Education Requirements

  • 3  ENGL  101  Comp I
  • 3  ENGL  102  Comp II
  • 3  SPCM  101  215, 222
  • 3  MATH  102, 103, 104, 115, 120, 121, 123, 281
  • 3-5  Natural Science & Lab
  • 3-5  Natural Science & Lab
  • 6  Social Science  - SOC 100 counts toward SS requirement, take 1 additional course*
  • 6  Arts & Humanities - 2 courses required**

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

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 5/1/18*

Sociology Minor

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

Soc. Minor - Teaching

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

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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