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Globalization, urbanization, diversity, social unrest, terrorism, environmental change, migration, race relations, domestic relations -- this new century brings with it fantastic opportunities and potential challenges! Learn how to successfully navigate this new century and make a lasting impact in the lives of others with an undergraduate degree in sociology or social work.

What is Sociology?
Sociology is the systematic study of social life and the social causes and consequences of human behavior. Studying sociology provides you powerful tools to comprehend and understand issues ranging from world events to relationships in your own life. With a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology, you will develop strong critical thinking and problem-solving skills - providing you with a strong foundation for many careers.  The Department also offers a BA in Sociology Addictions Counseling Track that will prepare you for Kansas licensure as an addictions counselor (LAC).

What is Social Work?
The historic mission of social work has been to help people who are disadvantaged. Today, social workers assist people from all walks of life with all kinds of problems in all kinds of settings. They help people cope with complex interpersonal and social problems and assist in obtaining resources for people. A Bachelor of Social Work (BSW) provides you the education and training you need to begin a career helping those who need it most.

Why Choose FHSU?
Whether you pursue sociology or social work as your major, gain the knowledge and skills you need to deal with the many challenges in global and local society – and be equipped to make a "life" as well as a "living." Here are a few examples of how this happens:

  • Gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of culture, society, and community; and of the interplay of social structure and human interaction.
  • Examine and help solve existing and new social problems through inquiry, theoretical and evidenced-based techniques, equipping you with the tools and skills you need for success in the workplace or in graduate school.
  • Study with faculty who incorporate their experiences and active research agendas into the classroom, exposing you to how sociology and social work knowledge applies in the real world.
  • If you are interested in online education, take innovative classes or earn your entire sociology degree without coming to campus.
  • Benefit from a wide array of sociology and social work classes not typically available in a department our size, particularly in the areas of grant writing and case management.
  • Apply the concepts you learn in the classroom to research, service and internship opportunities, which brings your studies to life and gives you valuable work experience.

Learn more about the Department of Sociology and Social Work’s goals and values.

Explore our Web site to learn about our traditional and online degree programs, careers in sociology and social work, and much more. Feel free to contact the sociology and social work department if you have a question or would like additional information. Our main office is located in Room 349, Rarick Hall.


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