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Undergraduate Program - Sociology

Employers want colleges and universities to place more emphasis on essential learning outcomes. They want their new employees to have knowledge that they can apply to "real-world settings." They want employees who take personal responsibility for their actions, are team players, have practical skills, understand and can deal effectively with diversity, and can solve complex problems.

The sociology major at South Dakota State University is designed to help its students develop these skills. Indeed, the well-educated sociology major grasps how individuals behave in small groups, organizations, communities. They understand that individual decisions are made within social, cultural, political, and economic contexts. And they can develop and evaluate evidence-based arguments, adapt to changing situations, and write reports and give presentations that non-sociologists can understand.

Whether your dream is to work in the special fields of criminal justice or human services, gain general knowledge and skills to land many different kinds of jobs, or prepare for graduate school, we will help you achieve it.

SOC (Sociology) Courses

  •   SOC 100 - Introduction to Sociology
  •   SOC 150 - Social Problems
  •   SOC 240 - The Sociology of Rural America
  •   SOC 245 - Energy, Environment and Society 
  •   SOC 250 - Courtship and Marriage
  •  SOC 270 - Introduction to Social Work
  •   SOC 271 - Social Work Skills and Methods I 
  •   SOC 282 - Youth and Community 
  •   SOC 283 - Working with Diverse Populations 
  •   SOC 284 - Investigating the Social World 
  •   SOC 286 - Service Learning     
  •   SOC 294 - Internship 
  •  SOC 307 - Research Methods I 
  •   SOC 308 - Research Methods II 
  •   SOC 325 - Domestic and Intimate Violence 
  •   SOC 330 - Self and Society
  •   SOC 350 - Race and Ethnic Relations 
  •   SOC 351 - Criminology
  •  SOC 353 - Sociology of Work  
  •   SOC 354 - Victimology
  •   SOC 377 - Documentation in Practice Settings  
  •   SOC 382 - The Family
  •   SOC 400-500 - Social Policy  
  •   SOC 402-502 - Social Deviance  
  •   SOC 403 - Sociological Theory  
  •   SOC 433-533 - Leadership and Organizations
  •   SOC 440-540 - Urban Sociology
  •   SOC 453 - Industrial Sociology
  •   SOC 455-555 - Juvenile Delinquency  
  •   SOC 456 - Community Corrections
  •   SOC 462-562 - Population Studies 
  •   SOC 483-583 - Sociology of Gender Roles
  •  SOC 489 - Capstone
  •   SOC 490 - Seminar 
  •   SOC 491 - Independent Study 
  •   SOC 492 - Topics 
  •   SOC 494 - Internship 
  •   SOC 496 - Field Experience 
  •   SOC 497 - Cooperative Education 

CJUS (Criminal Justice) Courses

  • CJUS 201 - Introduction to Criminal Justice
  • CJUS 203 - Policing in a Free Society
  • CJUS 330 - Civil Rights and Liberties 
  • CJUS 334 - Criminal Investigation
  • CJUS 412 - Criminal Prosecution and Defense  
  • CJUS 431 - Criminal Law  
  • CJUS 433 - Criminal Procedure  
  • CJUS 436 - Juvenile Justice
  • CJUS 491-591 - Independent Study 
  • CJUS 492-592 - Topics