Sociologists, unique among social scientists, define their work not by content but
by perspective and methods. That uniqueness challenges and liberates. Our challenges
reside in developing theoretical skills and empirical methods to address sociological
questions. Sociology's uniqueness liberates in allowing flexible upper division undergraduate
study without requiring narrow focus early in intellectual life.
Sociology systematically studies how groups and individuals interact and how societal change influences that interaction. Put differently, what is the human toll of the transformation from primitive toward contemporary, complex forms of social organization? Who falls through the cracks? And what factors influence change among institutions, groups and individuals? Sociological perspectives and methods lead understanding to the social nature of human activity. We encourage our students to productively engage their cultures and to pursue reflectively the life of the mind within their Christian faith.
Training in sociology prepares majors for employment in social work, higher education, religious-related vocations, as well as business, engineering, government, law, medicine, teaching and administration.
Requirements for a major (B.A.) in Sociology: CORE 2053 and SSCI 4601; SOCI 1003, 2034, 3053, 4053, 4203 plus a minimum of 15 department-approved SOCI hours; and a sociology GPA of 2.00.
Requirements for a minor in Sociology: SOCI 1003, 4053 plus a minimum of 12 additional department-approved SOCI hours, and a sociology GPA of 2.00.