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Lake Superior State University

Sociology: 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.

Degree Requirements

Required Credits for Major (40-41 credits)

The sociology major consists of 27 credit hours of core courses, a statistics cognate of 3-4 credit hours, and nine credit hours of sociology electives.

Core (28 credits)

Required sociology courses are:

Cognate in Statistics (3-4 credits)

Student must complete one of the following courses:

  • SOCY302 Statistics for Social Science 4
  • PSYC210 Statistics 3
  • MATH207 Principles of Statistical Methods 3

Elective Sociology Credits (9 credits)

Students must select an additional nine credit hours of sociology courses.  At least three credit hours must be at the 300/400 level.

Minor or other Cognate (20 credits)

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

Minor: Students may complete an approved LSSU minor. This minor could be in sociology, giving the student a double concentration, which provides a solid background for graduate work in sociology.


An approved concentration: The student may develop an approved concentration in one or more disciplines in consultation with his/her advisor.

General Education:  All LSSU bachelor's degree candidates must complete the LSSU General Education Core Requirements, or have earned the MACRAO Stamp (Michigan Community College transfer students), or have completed the general education certification (Sault College transfer students), or have already earned a bachelor's degree (honors bachelor degree from a Canadian University).

Bachelor of Arts degree (8 credits):  One year of a modern language other than English.  If taken at LSSU, this would be CHIN151-CHIN152 or CHIN251-CHIN252; FREN151-FREN152 or FREN251-FREN252; GRMN141-GRMN142 or GRMN241-GRMN242; NATV141-NATV142 or NATV201-NATV202; or SPAN161-SPAN162. One-half year of two different languages will not meet this requirement.

A minimum of 124 credits (at the 100 level or higher) must be earned for graduation with a cumulative gpa of 2.00 or higher.  A gpa of 2.00 or higher is also required in your Major, as well as in your General Education Core Requirements.

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