Sociology Program

The philosophy of the sociology department supports the mission of Hardin-Simmons University by providing opportunities for students to apply their Christian faith and values when studying social issues and social problems. Required courses encourage students to engage with faith-based community development agencies, to be challenged to understand the social sources of beliefs and identities, and to question dominant approaches to the study of social life and culture. We provide opportunities to discuss the way our faith (or lack of faith) shapes our perspectives of the social world

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Joanne Roberts-Professor of Sociology at the Cynthia Ann Parker College of Liberal Arts

Dr. Joanne Roberts

Professor of Sociology, Head of Department of Sociology 325-670-5863


  • Sociology (B.A.)
  • Sociology (B.B.S.)


  • Sociology Minor (B.A., B.B.S.)

Why study Sociology at HSU?

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Travel Courses

The sociology department offers travel classes on topics not usually covered by traditional courses. These include trips to Community Renewal International in Shreveport, La.; the Navajo Reservation in Window Rock, Ariz.; Urban Promise in Camden, N.J. (twice); and a course on Human Trafficking in various cities in Texas.

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Opportunities to Serve

Sociology majors can get involved in the community through classes and internships.

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Future Careers

HSU Sociology majors work in human resources, ministry, non-profit work, counseling, law, law enforcement, teaching, and banking.

Program Details

The Department of Sociology offers both a Bachelor of Arts Degree (BA) and a Bachelor of Behavioral Science Degree (BBS). Majors are required to take 30 credit hours in sociology. The following are the required courses.

  • SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology
  • SOCI 2302 Social Problems
  • SOCI 3380 Social Research Methods
  • SOCI 3312 Statistical Methods or SOCI 3330 Statistics for the Social Sciences
  • SOCI 4380 Sociological Theory
  • SOCI 4390 Senior Seminar in Sociology
  • SOCI 9 upper-level electives and one elective

Students who minor in sociology are required to take SOCI 1301 Introduction to Sociology and 15 other SOCI hours.

There are no extra requirements to enter the sociology program beyond HSU’s standard entry requirements.

Skill Set for Sociology Majors

The 21st century labor market is fast-changing, increasingly global, and technology-driven. The jobs that you will apply for as a graduate may not even exist yet. Sociology can help you prepare for those new opportunities. The concepts and skills you will learn as a sociology major will equip you to crucially analyze the evolving world and your place within it and help you compete effectively in today and tomorrow’s job market. (American Sociological Association)

  • Conduct Research and Analyze Data
  • Communicate Skillfully
  • Practice Critical Thinking
  • Gain a Global Perspective
  • Prepare for Graduate School

What can I do with a major in Sociology?

Through a major in sociology, you acquire a broad-based liberal arts education that can be applied to a variety of careers. Common professions for sociology majors include positions in social service, government and policy, healthcare, communications, and law enforcement / criminal justice. Sociology provides a rich fund of knowledge that directly pertains to each of these fields. A major in sociology also produces a firm foundation for entering professional schools in law, education, social work, and ministry. A B.A. or B.B.S in sociology is excellent preparation for future graduate work in sociology in order to become a professor, researcher, or applied sociologist.

HSU’s Sociology Department will develop scientific, interpretative, and critical capacities in students for understanding the social and cultural forces that shape the human experience. Our students will see the social world with empathy and purpose and search for their God-given role in that world.