NSU Catalog 2022-2023 
    Jun 16, 2024  
NSU Catalog 2022-2023 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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Sociology (BA)

Location(s): Northern State University Campus

No grade below a “C” will be accepted in a course taken to fulfill the Sociology major requirements.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to identify and apply sociological concepts and theories to everyday life, human behavior, and societies.
  • Students will be able to identify, analyze, and explain the factors contributing to and the consequences of social stratification and social inequality across dimensions/statuses and institutions. Students will engagement with diversity (i.e., individual differences and group/social differences) in ways that increase awareness, content knowledge, cognitive sophistication, and empathic understanding of the complex ways individuals interact within systems and institutions leading to opportunities for equal access to and participation in educational and community programs for all members of society. (Cross-curricular Skills: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion)
  • Students will be able to identify the characteristics of high-quality data and methods in sociological research and be able to effectively explain the results of sociological research to others. (Cross-curricular Skills: Critical and creative thinking)
  • Students will be able to assess the effectiveness of various social policies within the United States through the process of designing, evaluating, and implementing a strategy to evaluate policies. (Cross-curricular Skills: Problem Solving)
  • Students will be able to communicate effectively in a wide variety of contexts and demonstrate skills that support understanding and effective communication and interaction in a variety of contexts. (Cross-curricular Skills: Intercultural Knowledge)
  • A systematic process of exploring issues, objects or works through the collection and analysis of evidence that results in informed conclusions or judgments. Analysis is the process of breaking complex topics or issues into parts to gain a better understanding of them. (Cross-curricular Skills: Inquiry and analysis)

Interested in pursuing a Master’s in Social Work - please see Social Work (Accelerated Master’s Degree from USD) .

General Education Requirements

Baccalaureate degrees - 30 credits

Associate degrees - 24 credits

Goal #1: Written Communication (6 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)

Student enrollment in the initial English course is determined by the Board of Regents placement policy found in the Academic Affairs Guideline 7.6.B.

Goal #2: Oral Communication (3 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)

Goal #4: Arts and Humanities (6 credits Baccalaureate [in two disciplines]/3 credits Associate)

Baccalaureate - Six (6) credits hours (in two disciplines).

Goal #5: Mathematics (3 credits Baccalaureate/Associate)

Student enrollment in the initial Mathematics course is determined by the Board of Regents placement policy found in the Academic Affairs Guidelines 7.6.A.

Goal #6: Natural Sciences (6 credits Baccalaureate/3 Credits Associate)

Associate Degree Flexibility (3 credits)

Students have the flexibility to select an additional three credits from Goal #3, #4, or #6 with courses selected from different disciplinary prefixes.

Degree Requirements (BA) - 9 credits

Human Values (3 credits)

Arts and Humanities (6 credits)

Two additional courses from those listed in General Education Requirements Goal #4. The courses must be from different disciplines than those selected to satisfy General Education Requirements Goal #4.

A total of four courses are required for the BA degree:

  • One year sequence of a foreign language.
  • Two courses from different disciplines than foreign language.