2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Mar 26, 2019  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Sociology (A.S.)

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Mary Emery, Department Head
Department of Sociology and Rural Studies
Hansen Hall 004
E-mail: mary.emery@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

Sociology involves the study of social institutions, organizations and issues. The online Sociology program will provide an associate-level credential to prepare graduates to serve in entry-level positions in human services, human resources, office and management assistance, and criminal justice/law enforcement. Students can choose to take courses specific to working in the helping professions.  Completion of the A.S. in Sociology will allow students to transfer 60 credits of coursework towards the bachelor’s in Sociology .

Student Learning Outcomes

Graduates with a major in Sociology will be able to:

  • Develop a basic understanding of current social problems related to poverty, inequality, gender, diversity, race, culture, socialization, and globalization.
  • Demonstrate ability to apply critical thinking at a basic level to understanding how social problems evolve and how they can be addressed.
  • Develop a basic understanding of sociological terms and concepts and be able to apply to a specific topic.
  • Know what careers and opportunities are available to sociology majors.
  • Understand and apply ethical considerations in working with people and communities.
  • Demonstrate basic communication skills in writing, speaking and small group work.
  • Demonstrate basic understanding of Sociology theory.
  • Demonstrate a basic understanding of methods and methodological approaches.
  • Understand and apply the concept of evidence-based practice and policy.
  • Be able to read a table, interpret a graph, and apply basic cross tabs analysis to data.
  • Understand the differences in qualitative and quantitative approaches in research design and data collection.

Course Delivery Format

The coursework for the program is provided online.

Requirements for Sociology Major: 60 Credits

Associate of Science

System General Education Requirements


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 60

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