Lake Superior State University

Sociology - General: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description


This major prepares you to enter a variety of fields with a bachelor degree. It also provides an excellent foundation from which to continue educational preparation for a number of professions.

Many entry-level positions in private and public sector organizations require the understanding of organizations and human relations provided by the Sociology major. The sociology program emphasizes research skills, knowledge about diversity, critical thinking and writing skills, all of which will enhance your value to employers. With assistance from your advisor and your career goals in mind, you will select one or two minors. This combination of broad knowledge about social organizations from the Sociology major together with a set of specific job skills and knowledge from the minor(s) will give you a competitive edge in securing employment and in making career changes as opportunities present themselves and the labor market demands change.

If you are preparing for graduate studies or professional school , you will find that the Sociology major, together with one or two carefully selected minor(s), provides competitive preparation for a number of areas of advanced study, such as social work, business, international relations, survey researcher, public relations, urban planning and more. If you are planning to undertake graduate studies in Sociology, you are encouraged to take both a major and a minor in Sociology. Or, if you are planning to apply to professional schools, such as law or medicine, you will find that the Sociology program, more than any other major, allows you extensive time within the four-year program to take courses strategically selected to best prepare you for the desired professional program.

*Because curriculums in the human services area vary with each student, please see your advisor to set up a schedule that meets your needs for the double major in sociology and human services.

Available degrees (see specific degree requirements further down the page):



Degree Requirements


Bachelor of Arts/Science Sociology - General

Required Sociology Credits (36 hours)

The sociology major consists of 27 credit hours of core courses and nine credit hours of sociology electives.

Core (27 hours)

Major courses required in sociology are:

Elective Sociology Credits (9 hours)

Students must select an additional nine hours of sociology courses. No more than three hours may be SOCY/SOWK courses. At least three hours must be at the 300/400 level.

Minor or other Cognate (20 hours)

Choose one of the following alternatives. At least six credit hours must be at the 300/400 level.

Minor: Students may complete an approved minor. This minor could be in sociology, giving you a double concentration which provides a solid background for graduate work in sociology. Otherwise, the minor may be any approved minor at the University.

or

An approved concentration: You may develop an approved concentration in one or more disciplines in consultation with your advisor.

General Education: All bachelor’s degree students must complete the general education requirements.

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts Requirements: The student selects one of the following alternatives.

Bachelor of Science

  • No additional courses

or

Bachelor of Arts

  • The student must complete one year of a foreign language (8 credits)

Students must take sufficient electives to total 124 semester credits.


Bachelor of Arts/Science Sociology - General, Secondary Education

In addition to the required Sociology and Core credits, complete a minor approved for teacher education. Then complete the planned program for secondary teachers.

Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates - see Secondary Teaching

General Education: All bachelor’s degree students must complete the general education requirements.

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts Requirements: The student selects one of the following alternatives.

Bachelor of Science

  • No additional courses

or

Bachelor of Arts

  • The student must complete one year of a foreign language (8 credits)

Students must take sufficient electives to total 124 semester credits.

 

Minor (21 credits)
Students are encouraged to select a 21-credit teaching minor in economics, geography, history, political science, psychology or sociology. Courses counted for the major may be counted for the minor.
General Education and Electives
Students must complete all the general education requirements and electives to total 124 semester credits.
Major Area Requirements for both Elementary and Secondary Education
Introductory Sequences (29 credits)
ECON201 Principles of Macroeconomics 3
ECON202 Principles of Microeconomics 3
GEOG201 World Regional Geography
or 4
GEOG302 Economic Geography
GEOG306 Cultural Geography 3
HIST101 History of World Civilization I
and 8
HIST102 History of World Civilization II
or
HIST131 United States History I
and 8
HIST132 United States History II
POLI110 Intro. to American Government
and Politics 4
POLI130 Intro. to State and Local
Government 4
Upper-Level Courses (17 credits)
Students must choose five additional courses from 300/400-level offerings in two or more of these disciplines: economics, geography, history, political science. No more than 12 of the 17 credits may be in any one discipline.
Methodology Courses
Select one methods course from the following:HIST496 Historical Methods 2
PSYC212 Experimental Psychology 4
SOCY202 Social Research Methods 3
Select one statistics course from the following:POLI211 Political Science Research and
Statistics 4
PSYC210 Statistics 3
SOCY302 Statistics for Social Science 4
Professional Education Requirements and Education Cognates- see Secondary Teaching.
To earn a bachelor of arts degree, students must take eight credits of a foreign language.

Bachelor of Arts Degree Notes (if applicable): One year (8 credits) of a modern language other than English. If taken at LSSU, this would be: CHIN151-152, FREN151-152 or 251-252, GRMN141-142 or 241-242, NATV141-142 or 201-202, or SPAN161-162.

One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

Bachelor of Science Degree Notes (if applicable): At least eight (8) semester credits in addition to courses used for general education requirements from categories of social science, natural science, computer science or mathematics.

These bachelor of science degree requirements can be used for majors or minors, but not general education.