Sociology, B.A.

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology is to develop Christian scholars who can critically analyze social structures and their effects on human life, and who can apply this knowledge in working toward a world that embodies God's justice and shalom.

Degree Program

A Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology is offered upon completion of the University baccalaureate and major requirements. The sociology major requires the completion of 30 credits, 24 of which must be upper-division.

Program Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, students will be able to:

  1. Identify the causes and consequences of social divisions and inequalities (ULO 1).
  2. Demonstrate an understanding of the role of evidence in both qualitative and quantitative methods in sociology (ULO 1).
  3. Explain the biblical concepts of peace and justice (shalom, mishpat, and tzadequah) and identify their connections with contemporary social issues (ULO 2).
  4. Explain central concepts of social theory and apply them to social life (ULO 3).  

Each Program Learning Outcome (PLO) listed above references at least one of the University Learning Outcomes (ULO 1, 2, 3), which may be found in the General Information section of this catalog.

 Curriculum Requirements

Program Courses
SOCI 220Introduction to Sociology3
SOCI 441Social Theory3
SOCI 443Methods of Sociological Research3
Select one Inequality course from the following:3
Sociology of Gender
Unequal Justice: Race, Class, Gender and Crime 1
Political Sociology
Ethnic and Minority Groups
Social Inequality: Race, Class and Gender
Film, Television, and the Arts: Racial and Gender Issues
Select 18 credits of upper-division Sociology courses, if not choosing a concentration detailed below18
The following are required as support courses and do not count towards the major:
Statistics with Computer Applications
Statistics with Computer Applications Lab
Total Credits30
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 Note: Criminology Concentrations must take SOCI 336 to complete the Inequality Core Requirement.

Concentrations

Social Work

This concentration is organized as a broad preparation for students who desire to enter the helping professions.

Concentration Courses
SOCI 300Social Work3
SOCI 366Sociology Internship3
Select one of the following:3
Sociology of Gender
Marriage and the Family
Sociology of Sexuality
Select 9 credits of upper-division Sociology courses9
Total Credits18

Criminology

This course concentration provides students an opportunity to study crime and related issues from a social scientific perspective, infusing themes of social justice, Christian ethics, and recognizing social inequalities present within the criminal justice system. Students in the Criminology concentration must take SOCI 336 as their Inequality course listed under the Program Courses. POSC 410 is a suggested support course.

Concentration Courses
SOCI 333Criminology3
SOCI 334Juvenile Delinquency3
SOCI 366Sociology Internship3
Select 9 credits of upper-division Sociology courses9
Total Credits18