2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    May 11, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog [Archived Catalog]

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Sociology (A.S.)

Program Coordinator/Contact

Mary Emery, Department Head
Department of Sociology and Rural Studies
Hansen Hall 004

Program Information

Sociology involves the study of social institutions, organizations and issues. The 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 degree 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 them 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.

Academic Requirements

  • A minimum GPA of 2.2.
  • A Grade of C or better in all major courses.

Course Delivery Format

The coursework for the program is provided online, on campus, and at the Community College for Sioux Falls.

Requirements for Sociology Major: 60 Credits

Associate of Science in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

System General Education Requirements


Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Total Required Credits: 60

Summary of Program Requirements

Associate of Science in Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences

System General Education Requirements 24 Credit Hours
Major Requirements 27 Credit Hours
Electives** 9 Credit Hours

**Taken as needed to complete any additional degree requirements.

Academic Advising Guide Sheet

The goal of the academic advising guide sheets and sample plans of study is to promote undergraduate student success by guiding all students to timely completion of an undergraduate degree. Students are not limited to the course sequence provided for their academic program. Instead, the sample plan of study is one possible path to completing your degree and is meant to be used as a guide for planning purposes in consultation with an academic advisor. The plans also help students prepare for meetings with their academic advisor and track their progress in their selected academic program.