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Sociology (B.S.) - Human Services Specialization

To make a difference.

The society in which you live plays a significant role in your education, your relationships, your career, your economic status and much more. 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. The major offers flexibility and can easily be added to another major.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Are curious about the world around you
  • Are interested in people and behaviors
  • Have a desire to help people
  • Have strong writing and communication skills

Career Opportunities

  • Child, family and school social workers
  • Human services professional
  • Community educator
  • Counselors (with additional education)
  • Medical and public health workers

Recent Employers

  • Dept of Veterans Affairs
  • Inter-Lakes Community Action
  • SD Dept. of Social Services
  • Jackson County Family Services
  • Child Care Resource & Referral Early Head Start

Internship Opportunities

  • State social services
  • Lutheran services
  • Domestic violence shelters
  • Youth programs
  • Department of Social Services

Suggested Certificates

  • Experiential Learning
  • Workplace Intercultural Competence

Suggested Minors

  • Youth and Community Work
  • Criminal Justice
  • Psychology
  • Rehabilitation Services
  • Applied Statistics

Clubs and Organizations

  • Sociology Club
  • Human Services Club
  • Criminal Justice Club
  • Alpha Kappa Delta

Still deciding? Reflecting on your values, interests, personality traits, and skills will provide valuable insight as you explore major and career choices. FOCUS 2 CAREER, a self-guided assessment, education and career planning program, will help you do just that. SDSU students may access FOCUS 2 CAREER by using the code: jacks. After completing FOCUS 2 CAREER, you may find it helpful to discuss your results with a career coach in the Office of Career Development.