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Lake Superior State University

Sociology - Social Services: Bachelor of Arts/Science

Program Description


This program provides entry level knowledge and skills for a variety of social service positions. A foundation of knowledge about social structure, organizations and human relationships is provided by the Sociology major. This major also helps you develop critical thinking ability, improve writing skills and acquire competency in conducting research—all valued by employers in the field of social services. To this sociological base are added knowledge about social work practice, current issues in social work, clinical diagnosis and skills in counseling. An extensive internship in one or more agencies allows you to apply knowledge and skills gained in the classroom in a closely supervised setting. Internships may be with local agencies or programs outside the local area.

You will find room within this four-year program to elect a minor, if you wish. You may choose among human service minors, such as Child Development, Corrections, Counseling, Gerontology, Human Service Administration, or Substance Abuse Counseling. Alternatively, you may choose to develop knowledge and skills supportive of a career in social services through taking a minor in such areas as Communications, Psychology, Public Relations, Public Administration, a foreign language or other.

If you plan to continue studies in a graduate program, such as a Master Degree in Social Work, this program provides the academic background and exposure to the field necessary for success in such graduate studies.



Degree Requirements


Sociology Concentration (36 credits)

Sociology Core (27 credits)

Sociology Electives (9 credits)

Select an additional nine hours of Sociology (SOCY) courses including at least one 300/400 level elective Sociology course. Among the total of 36 Sociology credits, only three credits may be SOCY/SOWK courses.

Social Work Concentration (24 credits)

  • SOWK110 Introduction to Social Work 3
  • SOWK201 Communication Skills in Counseling 3
  • SOWK250 Social Work Practicum 9
  • SOWK310 Clinical Diagnosis and Treatment 3
  • SOWK344 Social Welfare System 3
  • SOWK480 Grantwriting 3

Support Course (4 credits)

  • BIOL105 Function of the Human Body 4

Total Departmetal Credits: 64

General Education: Complete the remainder of general education requirements.

Bachelor of Science and Bachelor of Arts Requirements

Select one of the following alternatives:

  • Bachelor of Science–no additional credits
  • Bachelor of Arts–requires one year of a foreign language (8 credits)

Electives must be taken to total 124 credits.

Associate Degree in Social Work

Upon completing this BS degree, you will have met the requirements for the Associate Degree in Social Work.


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.