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 33 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 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 Credits33

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. (SOCI)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOCI 220 (Core Curriculum Behavioral Sci)3SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ENGL 100 or 1123HIST 100 or 1013
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
GNST 1021Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1 
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOCI 3233SOCI 3263
BBST 2093SOCI Inequality Course (see Program Requirements)3
BBST 2513BBST 2103
MATH 1803Communication (see Core Curriculum)3
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
 15 15
Total Credits 30
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOCI 4413SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
SOCI Elective (upper-division)3SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
BBST 306, 316, 326, or 3363BBST 3653
BBST 3543KNES 1071
Science (see Core Curriculum)3Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
 General Elective1-3
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 15 14-16
Total Credits 29-31
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOCI Elective (upper-division)3SOCI 4803
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
ENGL 3133BBST 4653
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 30

Sociology, B.A. Criminology (SOCR)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOCI 220 (Core Curriculum Behavioral Sci)3SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ENGL 100 or 1123HIST 100 or 1013
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
GNST 1021Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1 
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOCI 3333SOCI 3233
BBST 2093SOCI 3343
BBST 2513BBST 2103
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253MATH 1803
Science (see Core Curriculum)3Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
 15 15
Total Credits 30
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOCI 3263SOCI 3363
SOCI Elective (upper-division)3SOCI 4413
BBST 306, 316, 326, or 3363BBST 3653
BBST 3543KNES 1071
Communication (see Core Curriculum)3Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
 General Elective1-3
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 15 14-16
Total Credits 29-31
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOCI Elective (upper-division)3SOCI 3663
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3SOCI 4803
ENGL 3133BBST 4653
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 30

Sociology, B.A. Social Work (SOWK)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOCI 220 (Core Curriculum Behavioral Sci)3SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
BBST 103 or 1653BBST 103 or 1653
ENGL 100 or 1123HIST 100 or 1013
GNST 1021Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Fine Arts (see Core Curriculum)3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1 
 15 16
Total Credits 31
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOCI 302, 320, or 4533SOCI 3233
BBST 2093SOCI Inequality Course (see Program Requirements)3
BBST 2513BBST 2103
HIST 200, 201, or POSC 2253MATH 1803
Science (see Core Curriculum)3Philosophy (see Core Curriculum)3
 15 15
Total Credits 30
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOCI 3263SOCI 4413
SOCI Elective (upper-division)3SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
BBST 306, 316, 326, or 3363BBST 3653
BBST 3543KNES 1071
Communication (see Core Curriculum)3Literature (see Core Curriculum)3
 General Elective1-3
 Graduation Petition due in Registrar's Office
 15 14-16
Total Credits 29-31
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
SOCI 3003SOCI 3663
BBST 300/400 Bible Elective3SOCI 4803
ENGL 3133BBST 4653
General Elective3General Elective3
General Elective3General Elective3
 15 15
Total Credits 30

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. (SOCI)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 1014HNRS 1054
HNRS 1024HNRS 1064
SOCI 2203SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
GNST 1021 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 2104HNRS 2304
HNRS 2154HNRS 2314
SOCI 3233SOCI 3263
MATH 1803SOCI Inequality Course (see Program Requirements)3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1KNES 1071
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 3244HNRS 3374
HNRS 3262HNRS 3392
SOCI 4413SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
SOCI Elective (upper-division)3SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
Science (see Core Curriculum)3ENGL 3133
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 4434HNRS 4584
BBST 4653HNRS 4672
SOCI Elective (upper-division)3SOCI 4803
General Elective3SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
General Elective1-3General Elective3
 14-16 15
Total Credits 120-122

Sociology, B.A. Criminology (SOCR)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 1014HNRS 1054
HNRS 1024HNRS 1064
SOCI 2203SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
GNST 1021Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 2104HNRS 2304
HNRS 2154HNRS 2314
SOCI 3333SOCI 3233
MATH 1803SOCI 3343
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1KNES 1071
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 3244HNRS 3374
HNRS 3262HNRS 3392
SOCI 3263SOCI 3363
SOCI Elective (upper-division)3SOCI 4413
Science (see Core Curriculum)3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 4434HNRS 4584
BBST 4653HNRS 4672
ENGL 3133SOCI 3663
SOCI Elective (upper-division)3SOCI 4803
General Elective1-3General Elective3
 14-16 15
Total Credits 120-122

Sociology, B.A. Social Work (SOWK)

First Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 1014HNRS 1054
HNRS 1024HNRS 1064
SOCI 2203SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
GNST 1021Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4
Foreign Language (see Core Curriculum)4 
 16 15
Second Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 2104HNRS 2304
HNRS 2154HNRS 2314
SOCI 302, 320, or 4533SOCI 3233
MATH 1803SOCI Inequality Course (see Program Requirements)3
KNES Activity (see Core Curriculum)1KNES 1071
 15 15
Third Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 3244HNRS 3374
HNRS 3262HNRS 3392
SOCI 3263SOCI 4413
SOCI Elective (upper-division)3SOCI Elective (upper-division)3
Science (see Core Curriculum)3General Elective3
 15 15
Fourth Year
FallCreditsSpringCredits
HNRS 4434HNRS 4584
BBST 4653HNRS 4672
SOCI 3003SOCI 3663
ENGL 3133SOCI 4803
General Elective1-3General Elective3
 14-16 15
Total Credits 120-122