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Sociology Major

The sociology major is designed to offer an understanding of the characteristics, processes and components of human social life and impart the skills necessary for critical analysis of the same. This understanding is based on a solid grasp of social theory and research methods and is integrated with the assumptions and principles of the Christian faith. Moreover, since an understanding of social life is significantly deepened by direct exposure to and engagement in a variety of social contexts, the department facilitates opportunities for learning in urban, national, international and organizational settings. Students who complete the major will possess an excellent educational foundation from which to pursue a wide range of professional, educational, ministerial, governmental and organizational careers.

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY
Students majoring in sociology are required to take a minimum of 40 credits in sociology, including:

A 100-level sociology course
SOC285 Foundations of Sociological Thought
SOC310/SWK310 Statistics for Social Research
SOC311/SWK311 Social Research Methods
SOC411 Contemporary Social Theory
Sociology electives (20 credits)

The department strongly encourages students to choose additional electives from related disciplines such as history, philosophy, political studies and psychology.

Honors in Sociology
Students who research and write an honors thesis will be eligible to graduate with honors in sociology. Approved candidates will complete 6 credits of independent research in the senior year (SOC471, 472 Research I, II). For honors the thesis must be of high quality and must be defended orally before department faculty toward the end of spring term. The minimum GPA for honors candidates is 3.5 within the major and 3.0 overall. Contact department faculty for details.
 
Requirements for the Minor in Sociology

Students minoring in sociology are required to take a minimum of 30 credits in sociology, including:

A 100-level sociology course
SOC285 Foundations of Sociological Thought
SOC310/SWK310 Statistics for Social Research
SOC311/SWK311 Social Research Methods
SOC411 Contemporary Social Theory
Sociology electives (10 credits)


Double Major in Sociology/Social Work
The department strongly encourages students to pursue a specially designed double major in sociology and social work. See the Social Work Major section for details.