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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 

  • SOC 100 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOC 307 Research Methods I
  • SOC 208 Research Methods II
  • SOC 330 Self and Society
  • SOC 350 Race and Ethnic Diversity
  • SOC 402 Social Deviance
  • SOC 403 Sociological Theory
  • SOC 423 Social Stratification
  • SOC 498 Undergraduate Research/Scholarship
  • SOC Electives (15 Credits)

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 Education
  • SOC 471 Medical Sociology
  • SOC 480 Sociology of Education
  • SOC 483 Sociology of Gender Roles
  • SOC 484 Political Sociology
  • SOC 491 Independent Study
  • SOC 492 Topics
  • SOC 494 Internship

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 Independent Study
  • SOC 492 Topics
  • SOC 494 Internship

Social ResilienceChoose 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 Independent Study
  • SOC 492 Topics
  • SOC 494 Internship

Gen Ed Requirements - 37 semester hours

  • Gen Ed Mathematics (3 Hours)
  • Gen Ed Social Science (3 Hours)
  • Gen Ed Arts & Humanities (6 Hours)
  • Gen Ed Natural Science & Lab (6-10 Hours)
  • ENGL 101 Composition I
  • ENGL 201 Composition II
  • SPCM 101 OR SPCM 215 OR SPCM 222

Supportive Electives must be different than General Education or Major credits.

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

Updated Spring 2018.

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

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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