Whether you are looking to go on to graduate work or immediately to the workplace, a bachelor's degree in sociology will help you understand how humans are shaped by their interactions 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 many 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 the foundation of their work. They are also committed to seeing their students succeed and grow, even after graduation.

Course Requirements for B.A. or B.S. in Sociology


Examples of courses in this major:

BHS 2400 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.

SOC 1100 Introduction to Sociology

An introductory study of humans functioning in society. Basic principles of sociology will be discussed, 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.

SOC 2100 Marriage and Family

A study of the family as a basic social institution with its cultural variations. Emphasis is upon premarital and marital factors that contribute to a successful marriage or to family disorganization. Christian ideals for wholesome courtship and family living are stressed.

SOC 2140 Social Problems and Pathology

This course provides an analysis of a section of major social problems related to social inequalities, problems of social institutions, behavioral deviance, global social problems we face today and the pathology of group relations.

SOC 3600 Urban Sociology

An examination of the urbanization process, the dynamics of the urban “explosion” and its implications world-wide. Particular attention is given to subcultural groupings and to the social and subcultural interactions that characterize the urban experience. The inherent problems of urban growth and the enactment of urban policies designed to address those problems are also considered. Students are given first-hand exposure to the urban environment.