Sociology is the study of human social life with a focus on understanding groups. Majors develop their
critical thinking skills in areas of study that address culture, socialization, the family, class, gender, race
and ethnicity, social change, and social justice (among others). Studying sociology enables students
to critically engage the social world and use their skills and insights to work for Kingdom values.
Sociological skills are useful in a broad range of work environments including non-profits, churches, and
The sociology scholarship competition will include reading a short (5 page) selection of an accessible
sociological classic describing the “sociological imagination.” Then competitors will be shown several
pictures of social life and asked to write an approximately 500 word essay applying the sociological
imagination to one of the images. Applicants will conclude their application with a short interview with
faculty. Topics of discussion will include a brief discussion of the essay as well as why the student is
interested in sociology. Students are encouraged to ask questions of faculty.
Please address any questions about this competition to Chris Morrissey at firstname.lastname@example.org