2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog 
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2017-2018 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Sociology (B.S.) - Human Services Specialization

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Program Coordinator/Contact

Marlene Schulz, Instructor
Department of Sociology and Rural Studies
Hansen Hall 004
E-mail: marlene.schulz@sdstate.edu
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Program Information

This specialization is designed for those interested in “working with people” in a variety of social service type agencies. Graduates find jobs working with the elderly, youth, parents, families at risk, victims of domestic violence, substance abusers, and the poor. Students in this program must take classes in social work and service learning. They must also complete an internship. Coursework in criminal justice and human development complements this specialization.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students majoring in Sociology with a Human Service Specialization will:

  • develop skills in applying the Sociological Imagination to understanding and addressing social problems and the need for social services.
  • develop the ability to apply critical thinking skills to understanding society, social services, social structures and the interaction of people and groups within a social context.
  • develop and implement a sociological practice by identifying social and human service-related career, civic, and volunteer opportunities, and developing capacity to apply sociological principles, methods, and theories to alleviating social problems at the micro and macro levels.
  • demonstrate writing and speaking skills that communicate professionally with clients, professionals, funders, and employers.
  • develop the skills and understanding to apply sociological and human service theories to addressing current and past social problems and public issues.
  • develop and apply skills in collecting and analyzing data, and in using data to develop evidence-based interventions and policies.
  • understand and apply ethical principles in the provision of social services the study of society and in applying sociological approaches.

Academic Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 2.2 and at least a C in all major courses is required.
  • A Grade of C or better in all major courses.
  • No SOC class may be used for the major AND the CJUS minor.

Course Delivery Format

The program offers coursework on campus, on-line, and at attendance centers around the state.

Requirements for Sociology Major - Human Services Specialization: 120 Credits

Bachelor of Science in Arts and Sciences

System General Education Requirements

College of Arts and Sciences Requirements

Bachelor of Science Requirements: 13+

  • Natural Sciences  Credits: 10+
    • Any two lab sciences.
    • Coursework must include 2 prefixes.
    • MATH and STATS courses do not count toward the science requirement.
  • A&S 111 - Introduction to Global Citizenship and Diversity Credits: 3  
  • One declared minor outside of the major prefix OR a second major OR a teaching specialization. The minor may be a traditional minor within one department or it may be interdisciplinary involving more than one department. The minor can be in a different college. The minor must be declared no later than the student’s third semester of enrollment.
  • Capstone course in the major discipline
  • Upper division coursework Credits: 33

System General Education and/or major coursework may satisfy some or all of the above requirements. Consult program advisor for details. See the College of Arts and Sciences for additional information about Bachelor of Arts specifications.


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 120

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