Program Description

Students may complete the first two years of study toward a bachelor’s degree in sociology, anthropology or social and criminal justice by following the suggested curriculum. Sociology is the discipline that explores how people create and maintain society, develop culture and organize the patterns of their lives in families, groups and institutions. Through sociology, students develop skills in analysis, communication and reasoning.


High school class suggestions include sociology, psychology and/or other social sciences, math preparation for college algebra and/or statistics, and writing.

Program Requirements

Students completing the suggested curriculum earn an Associate in Arts degree. BSC has cooperative agreements with Dickinson State University and Minot State University and several other four-year institutions that allow students to continue with a bachelor’s degree on the BSC campus. Those transferring to other institutions should consult the catalog of the transfer institution for possible BSC course modifications, if needed. Contact your BSC advisor for assistance with transfer planning.

Career Opportunities

A bachelor’s degree in sociology prepares students for graduate studies in criminal justice, law, public administration, social work or sociology.

Career opportunities: administrator, consultant, human service professional, researcher, personnel director, teacher.



Wendy Pank • Schafer Hall 312B

Associate in Arts

College Degree Requirements

Note: Courses listed on degree plan are suggested. Students should consult with their advisor concerning their unique transfer decisions.

Total Degree Credits60-61
Plan of Study Grid
1st YearCredits
Arts & Humanities  
PHIL 210 Ethics 3
HIST 101
Western Civilization I
or United States to 1877
Communications I  
ENGL 110 College Composition I 3
Communications II  
Select one of the following: 3
College Composition II  
Introduction to Professional Writing  
Select two Elective courses (One should be an additional Social & Behavioral Science course.) 6
Math, Science & Technology  
MATH 103 or higher, MATH 210 Elementary Statistics recommended. 3-4
Math, Science & Technology  
CSCI 101 Introduction to Computers 3
Social & Behavioral Science  
PSYC 111 Introduction to Psychology 3
SOC 110 Introduction to Sociology 3
2nd Year
Arts & Humanities  
Select one of the following: 3
Western Civilization II  
United States Since 1877  
Communications III  
COMM 110 Fundamentals of Public Speaking 3
Select three Elective Courses 9
Enrichment Course Matrix 2
Math, Science & Technology  
General Education Matrix (Lab Science Elective) 4
Social Science Electives  
ECON 105 Elements of Economics 3
POLS 115 American Government 3
PSYC 250 Developmental Psychology 3
 Total Credits60-61