Sociology Major

At George Fox, you will get an opportunity to pursue a sociology degree in an encouraging, Christian college environment.

Whether you plan to pursue a career in the helping professions, public administration, law, business, politics or education, a bachelor’s degree in sociology from George Fox University is a great start.

Sociology is the study of social life, social change, and the social causes and consequences of human behavior, so it’s a versatile discipline that gives you plenty of career options. Sociologists investigate the structure of groups, organizations and societies, and how people interact within these contexts.

The sociology major serves as a broad liberal arts base for professions such as law, medicine, counseling, criminology/corrections, law enforcement, urban planning, social work, education and community development. It is also an excellent choice for those planning to become a college professor, researcher or applied sociologist. What further distinguishes our program is the fact we offer a Christian college environment that encourages not only academic – but spiritual – growth.

Choose from three concentrations:


The generalist concentration provides students with the opportunity to hone their skills in critical thinking and analytic reasoning. Graduates with this concentration will be prepared for admission into graduate programs, careers in higher education or research, and/or entry-level practice positions within a variety of private and public settings where knowledge of human relationships and methodological skills is helpful.

Global and Intercultural Studies

Students interested in sociology-related topics including international conflict and peace, men and women in society, cultural anthropology, sociology of families, sociology of sexuality, and race and ethnicity can tailor their degree with a global and intercultural studies concentration. These courses specialize in helping students understand the reciprocal relationships between individuals and society, and how the self develops under the influence of societal and structural factors.

Social Justice and Communities

Students can take this concentration if they have a keen interest in social justice issues in society. The 18-hour concentration incorporates six classes, with options that include Men and Women in Society, Social Change, Social Stratification, Global Political Economy, and International Conflict and Peace.

Request more information about the sociology major at George Fox University or schedule a visit to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

Jobs, Internships and Graduate School

George Fox sociology majors study the discipline at a top Christian college on the West Coast.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market will be a competitive one for soclologists through 2024. Graduates with a BA in sociology can expect to secure an entry-level position, while those with graduate degrees will often receive advanced positions and a higher salary.

  • Mental Health Specialist, Family Solutions
  • Reading for All Community Specialist, Polk County
  • Intake Coordinator, Georgia Justice Project
  • Student Engagement Coordinator, AmeriCorps, Linfield College
  • Youth Director, Norwegian Cruise Line
  • Public Policy Associate, Internews Network
  • Young Adult Pastor, Yakima Foursquare Church
  • Portland State University
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of Nevada at Las Vegas
  • Arizona State University
  • Lewis and Clark
  • George Fox University
  • The Micah Challenge, Portland, Ore. (Working to mobilize communities, churches and Christian organizations on behalf of global poverty.)
  • Yamhill County Action Partnership, McMinnville, Ore. (Advocating for and assisting persons towards self-sufficiency in Yamhill County.)
  • Yamhill County Community Corrections, McMinnville, Ore. (Working with an variety of corrections and community safety programs.)
  • Students will complete an original research project by defining topic, methodology, and collecting and analyzing data. Some topics of research completed by sociology seniors have included homelessness count in Yamhill County, prostitution in Portland, Ore., and the function of small-scale farms and their consumer support base.
  • Participate in a community activism project in the Social Change course.
  • Apply for study abroad or for Richter Scholarships for research and study.

Student Experiences

Allison Ogle

“To live well in God’s world requires asking good questions. Through studying at George Fox, I learned how to ask these questions and how to think critically about the problems in the world. Now equipped with this ‘sociological imagination’ I am able to live the questions I learned to ask and incarnate a Christian response to issues like social stratification, racial reconciliation and gender inequality that plague our society and the church today.”

- Allison Ogle

Sara Eccelston

“My education at George Fox has been fundamental to shaping the way I understand the world and make decisions about how to live. I learned the important connections between power structures in society and theories to understand it all, and heard a Christian voice in the midst of sometimes hopeless statistics. My professors helped me to think critically, encouraged my questions, taught me how to research and gave voice to the parts of society that are often overlooked.”

- Sara Eccelston

Points of Distinction

  • Study criminal justice at a university that emphasizes social justice and service.
  • The minor is open to students in all majors.
  • Engage in course material and discussion surrounding issues related to the criminal justice system.

Why George Fox?

Christ-centered community

Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.

Global opportunities

More than half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad, ranking George Fox among the nation's leaders in study abroad participation (U.S. News & World Report).

Small classes

Our 14-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.

National recognition

George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.