Sociology, B.A.

Mission

The mission of the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology is to develop Christian scholars who can critically analyze the effects of social structures on human life and who can apply this knowledge to work 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 34 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 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 Specific Core Curriculum Course
Introduction to Sociology
Program Courses
SOCI 323Qualitative Methods3
SOCI 326Quantitative Methods3
SOCI 327Quantitative Methods Lab1
SOCI 441Social Theory3
SOCI 480Sociology Senior Capstone Seminar3
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
Sociology of Wealth and Poverty
Sociology of Disabilities
Film, Television, and the Arts: Racial and Gender Issues
Select 18 credits of upper-division Sociology courses, if not choosing a concentration detailed below18
Total Credits34

Concentrations

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

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

NOTE: The course sequence table is designed by the major department and is one way that the classes will work out properly in sequence for your major. However, there are alternative or flexible ways to rotate some of the classes within the same year/level and sometimes between year levels. Please contact your major department advisor to discuss flexible alternatives in scheduling the sequence of your classes.

Taking coursework during the summer session may also be an option to accelerate your degree path.

See Core Curriculum Program section for a list of approved Core Curriculum courses.

Sociology, B.A.

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 2103
SOCI 220 (Core Curriculum Behavioral Sci)3SOCI 3233
ENGL 100 or 1123HIST 100 or 1013
MATH 1221Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1
GNST 1021 
 15 14
Total Credits 29
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 2513
BBST 2093SOCI 3263
SOCI 4413SOCI 3271
Science (see Core Curriculum)3SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1211KNES 1071
 16 14
Total Credits 30
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
SOCI Elective (upper-division)3Inequality Course (see program requirements)3
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
ENGL 3133Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1231General Elective3
General Elective3Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 16 15
Total Credits 31
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 4653
SOCI Elective (upper-division)3BBST 306, 316, or 3263
SOCI Elective (upper-division)3SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3SOCI 4803
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 30

Sociology, B.A. Criminology

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 2103
SOCI 220 (Core Curriculum Behavioral Sci)3SOCI 3233
ENGL 100 or 1123HIST 100 or 1013
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
GNST 1021KNES activity (see Core Curriculum)1
MATH 1221 
 15 14
Total Credits 29
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 2513
BBST 2093SOCI 3263
SOCI 4413SOCI 3271
HIST 2003SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
Science (see Core Curriculum)3Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1211KNES 1071
 16 14
Total Credits 30
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
SOCI 3333SOCI 3343
ENGL 3133SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1231General Elective3
General Elective3Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
Writing Competency Requirement 
 16 15
Total Credits 31
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 4653
SOCI 336 (Inequality Course - required)3BBST 306, 316, or 3263
SOCI Elective (upper-division)3SOCI 3663
Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3SOCI 4803
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 30

Sociology, B.A. Social Work

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 2103
SOCI 220 (Core Curriculum Behavioral Sci)3SOCI 3233
ENGL 100 or 1123HIST 100 or 1013
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
GNST 1021KNES activity (see Core Curriculum)1
MATH 1221 
 15 14
Total Credits 29
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 2513
BBST 2093SOCI 3263
SOCI 4413SOCI 3271
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
Science (see Core Curriculum)3Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1211KNES 1071
 16 14
Total Credits 30
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 3543BBST 3653
SOCI 302, 320, or 453 (required)3Inequality Course (see catalog)3
Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
ENGL 3133Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
MATH 1231General Elective3
General Elective3Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
Writing Competency Requirement 
 16 15
Total Credits 31
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3BBST 4653
SOCI 3003BBST 306, 316, or 3263
SOCI Elective (upper-division)3SOCI 3663
Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3SOCI 4803
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 30