Human Services and Sociology, BS

Students pursuing a combined degree in human services and sociology will integrate the theoretical understandings of these two fields to better understand organizational and group behavior and their implications for individuals and communities utilizing human services. The human services major prepares students for careers in social change by providing students with the theoretical and skill-based background necessary for practice and research.  The sociology major prepares students to rigorously analyze the social, political, and economic spheres of society at the local and global levels. Students will develop a holistic understanding of preventative and reactive responses to social inequality and an understanding of how to impact change at the individual and structural levels. The combined major provides students with the conceptual and practical tools to understand how various features of society affect its members as well as how people create social change. 

Complete all courses listed below unless otherwise indicated. Also complete any corequisite labs, recitations, clinicals, or tools courses where specified and complete any additional courses needed beyond specific college and major requirements to satisfy graduation credit requirements.

University-Wide Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the University-Wide Requirements.

NUpath Requirements

All undergraduate students are required to complete the NUpath Requirements.

Experiential Liberal Arts

All undergraduate students in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities are required to complete the Experiential Liberal Arts Requirement.

Human Services Requirements

Human Services Overview
HUSV 1101Human Services Professions4
HUSV 2300Counseling in Human Services4
HUSV 3570The Nonprofit Sector, Philanthropy, and Social Change4
HUSV 3900Introduction to Social Policy4
Research Methods
Complete option A or option B:4
Option A
Research Methods for Human Services
Option B
Complete the following and one additional HUSV course:
Research Methods in Sociology
SOCL 3440Sociology of Human Service Organizations4
Human Services Internship
HUSV 4994Human Services Internship6
Human Services Elective
Complete one additional HUSV course.4
Senior Capstone 1
HUSV 4700Senior Seminar in Human Services4

Sociology Requirements

Required Sociology Courses
SOCL 1101Introduction to Sociology4
SOCL 2300Social Theory4
SOCL 2320Statistical Analysis in Sociology4
SOCL 3440Sociology of Human Service Organizations4
Introductory Electives
Complete two of the following:8
Society and Health
Sociology of Boston
Social Problems
Sociology of Violence
Sociology of Poverty
Environment and Society
Sociology of the Family
Gender in a Changing Society
Social Stratification
Deviant Behavior and Social Control
Juvenile Delinquency
Drugs and Society
Peoples and Cultures
Intermediate-Level Elective
Complete one of the following:4
Law and Social Justice
Social Movements
Race and Ethnic Relations
Current Issues in Cities and Suburbs
Class, Power, and Social Change
Sociology of Health and Illness
Applied Sociology: Practice and Theory
Gender and Sexuality: A Cross-Cultural Perspective
Global Markets and Local Culture
Religion and Modernity
Urban Anthropology
Advanced-Level Elective
Complete one of the following:4
“The Wire” and the Study of Urban Inequalities
Law and Society in a Digital World
Race, Class, and Gender
Special Topics in Sociology
Ethnography of Southeast Asia
Latin American Society and Development
Native North Americans
Anthropology of Africa
Culture and Politics in Modern India
Special Topics in Anthropology
Senior Seminar 2
SOCL 4600Senior Seminar4

Human Services/Sociology Integrative Course

HUSV 2350Ethnic Relations, Cultural Identity, and Human Services4

Sociology Major Grade Requirement

A GPA of 2.000 for major courses is required.

Human Services and Sociology Combined-Major Credit Requirement

Complete 78 semester hours in the major.

Program Requirement

128 total semester hours required