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Society and the consequences of human behavior

Sociology at BHSU

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 gain social awareness and critical thinking skills that will benefit them in their professional and personal lives.

The benefits of gaining this degree from BHSU include:

  • Personal access to professors who have a wealth of experiences in the field

  • Interesting courses that study sociological theories and apply them to the outside world

  • Opportunities for travel to regional and national conferences to present your own research

  • Numerous campus organizations

  • Meaningful internships in the community

Prospective Sociology Majors

As a Sociology major, you will earn a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Sociology. 

Within the Sociology degree, there are three emphasis areas. You are required to specialize in Culture & Society, Law & Justice, or Social Resiliency. This is also a major that requires a minor.

The most common minors for Sociology are Psychology and American Indian Studies, but minors vary depending on the interests of the student. You may also declare a double major in the same degree (B.S.) if you choose. It is a requirement to take at least 42 credits in the field of Sociology.

Future Careers

There are a wide range of job outcomes and future opportunities for Sociology graduates. Some graduates are attending law school or graduate school. Others are working as community organizers, advocating for the rights of children and the developmentally challenged, serving in for profit and non-profit organizations, and a variety of other careers.

A degree can lead to employment opportunities in the following areas:

  • Criminal Justice- In corrections, rehabilitation, law enforcement, the justice system, parole system.

  • Business and Industry- Advertising, Consumer and Market Research, Management of Non-profit organizations, Human Resources, Training and Human Development, Leadership Training.

  • Research and Planning- Governmental and regional planning departments, research firms, evaluation research, public opinion research.

  • Agencies-Social Services, Mental Health Services, Adoption, Child Care, Youth Services, Developmental Disability Services.

  • Government- Social Science Analysis, Census Bureau and other federal agencies, Administration, Policy Analysis, Personnel, Homeland Security.

  • Education- Public and Private Schools, Colleges and Universities, Administration, Alumni Relations, Placement Offices, Educational Research.

  • Advocacy- Environmental, Child Welfare, National Policies, Victims Rights, Labor Rights, Community Organization.

  • Communications- Technical Writing, Newspaper and Magazine Reporting, Public Relations.

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Dr. Laura Colmenero-Chilberg

"A background in sociology benefits relationships in all parts of our lives including family and community relationships. We are all members of social groups, and understanding how they function helps improve our ability to successfully and effectively participate in all areas of our lives."


International Travel

BHSU has many study abroad programs for students of every major, including Sociology and other social science areas. Check out all of our study, teach, and internship abroad programs at to find a program that’s right for you. Questions? Reach out to the Study Abroad Advisor at


As a Sociology major at BHSU, you will recognize the importance of real life experience. By investigating and participating in local internships, you will gain the hands-on experience you need to be successful in your future career. BHSU Sociology graduates who have taken an internship have a 100% job placement rate!

Quotes From Sociology Students

"BHSU is a unique campus that is surrounded by the Black Hills and has a supportive, creative community. Along with this, class sizes are small, so gaining professional connections with professors and other students was appealing to me and my career goals." -Student Lorraine Coronato
"Here [at BHSU], you’re not just another number- you’re a person and your thoughts and questions matter!" -Student Elyssa Cummings
"I have learned to keep an open mind and never stop thinking about what could be affecting the data or what could be the actual truth about a given situation. Sociology is a field where you will never stop learning." -Student Lorraine Coronato
"Sociology is a great major for absolutely anyone! If you’re thinking about being a sociology major- just do it! Become friends with the other students and go into office hours- your professors really do care about you and want you to do well!" -Student Elyssa Cummings

Contact Info

Laura Colmenero-Chilberg, P.H.D
Phone: 605-642-6365

Behavioral Sciences
Black Hills State University
1200 University St.
Spearfish, SD, USA 57799