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

Required Credits in Sociology and Statistics (40-41 credits)

Required are 28 credit hours of core sociology courses, a statistics cognate of 3-4 credit hours, and 9 credit hours of sociology electives.

Core (28 credits)

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.

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: 68-69

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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