Sociology

Overview

Whether you are looking to go on for graduate work or immediately to the workplace, a bachelor's degree in sociology will help you understand how humans are shaped by interaction, and will provide information on how to relate well with others in your world, all from a biblical vantage-point.

The Sociology major focuses on looking at the nature of social relationships and interaction with others through a biblical set of “glasses.” We believe the Bible has much to say about relationships with others, what can cause problems, and solutions to those problems. Sociology is the study of the development, structure, interaction, and collective behavior of organized groups of human beings. Most people who think of themselves as sociologists or have the word sociologist in their job title have education and training at the graduate level. Most people who have earned a bachelor's degree in sociology apply their knowledge and skills to a wide variety of jobs in areas such as business, health care, criminal justice, social services, and government.

The purpose of the Sociology major is to familiarize you with the content and concepts of sociology from both the Bible and the secular world, and to prepare you for graduate school, work in the field, or work outside of the field. You will take courses in various areas of sociology, including social problems, marriage and the family, and leadership. We emphasize the practical side of sociology along with the content needed as a foundation. One of the greatest strengths of this major is the faculty who will not only teach you, but also journey with you over the next few years. Our faculty have years of practical experience in the behavioral science field, and continue to work in their various areas of expertise. Many are engaged in research and all have a commitment to the Word of God as a foundation of their work. They are also committed to seeing their students succeed and grow, even after graduation.

Course Requirements for B.A. Sociology

Course Requirements for B.S. Sociology

Courses

Examples of courses in this major:

BHS240 Research Methods in Social Sciences

An introductory study of the principles and techniques of investigation and data collection in the social sciences. The course will deal with techniques of organizing, conducting, analyzing, and presenting such data.

BHS251 American Multicultural Experience

This course is intended to provide students with an understanding of the elements of culture and how they affect working with and relating to people in the multicultural context of the United States. It is designed to help them be effective in those contexts with decreased anxiety as they understand the complexity of culture and its influence on people. Students will be able to reject stereotypes and understand problematic cross-cultural encounters from the viewpoint of those from the other cultural background. They will have a greater ability to tolerate ambiguity while seeking to understand these observed differences and then to engage in culturally sensitive behaviors.

SOC110 Introduction to Sociology

An introductory study of humans functioning in society. Basic principles of sociology will be experienced including organization, structure, strata, and problems in American society. Emphasis will be placed on observational techniques that will help to develop a spirit of active participation in the world.

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