Bachelors (BA) in Sociology

The primary mission of the sociology major (39-40 credits) is to develop students to thoughtfully engage in civic, occupational, academic, and personal endeavors from a Christian sociological perspective. The major facilitates this by preparing students to critically analyze social institutions and structures, empowering students to be change agents capable of bringing about greater social justice. Students are required to obtain a minimum grade of C- in all courses taken for the major.

Degree Outcomes

Graduates with a BA in sociology will:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of the role of theory in building sociological knowledge and basic theoretical orientations
  • Analyze data and learn how to apply basic sociological methods of research
  • Identify and apply basic concepts in sociology and their fundamental theoretical interrelations, including culture, social change, socialization, stratification, social structure and institutions
  • Evaluate the reciprocal relationships between individuals and society, and how the self develops under the influence of societal and structural factors
  • Analyze the internal diversity of American society and its place in the international context, including the race, class, gender and age of its population
  • Evaluate the potential usefulness of sociological theory and methods to promote peace and justice in social institutions and structures
  • Integrate sociological insights with Christian commitments and calling

Major Requirements

Core Requirements (24 hours)

SOCI 150 Principles of Sociology 3
SOCI 340 Statistical Procedures 3
SOCI 363 Social Inequality 3
SOCI 373 Social Theory 3
SOCI 380 Race and Ethnicity 3
SOCI 390 Research Methods 3
SOCI 475 Field Experience (Internship) 3
SOCI 480 Senior Research Project 3

Concentrations (15-16 hours)

Students must select one of the following concentrations:  


Social Justice and Communities (15 hours)
SOCI 220 Men and Women in Society 3
SOCI 223 Sociology of Families 3
SOCI 366 Social Change 3


Students must choose two of the following courses:  
SOCI 310 Cultural Anthropology 3
SOCI 339 Restorative Justice 3
SOCI 430 Sociology of Religion 3
PSCI 310 Conflict Resolution 3
PSYC 350 Social Psychology 3
ECON 201 Microeconomics 3
ECON 202 Macroeconomics 3


Global and Intercultural Studies (15-16 hours)
COMM 220 Intercultural Communication 3
SOCI 310 Cultural Anthropology 3
SOCI 366 Social Change 3


Students must choose two of the following courses:  
SOCI 220 Men & Women in Society  3
SOCI 303 International Conflict and Peace 3
SOCI 370 International Economic Development 3
GEOG 200 Cultural Geography & Global Relations 3
LANG 350 Introducation to TESOL 3
One semester of college-level world language study at the appropriate level 3-4


General Concentration (15 hours)
5 electives from SOCI prefix offerings 15
Students choosing SOCI 230/430 Sociology of Religion must register for 430