The Sociology Major:

  • Offers tools for understanding the social forces shaping the world around us
  • Develops the capacity for critical thinking about the social world and our place in it
  • Joins sociological reflection with the longstanding commitments and concerns of the Christian faith
  • Provides opportunities for learning in a variety of social settings


The Sociology program is designed with two principal ends in mind:

  1. To develop habits of critical thought and social engagement that will serve graduates well wherever life takes them
  2. To provide a strong foundation for graduate study in sociology or related disciplines

To these ends, the program is anchored by two required course sequences--one in statistics and research methods, the other in social theory--that provide a solid grounding in the traditions and practices of the discipline. These are supplemented by a broad array of elective course offerings in areas such as the following:

  • Gender
  • Identity
  • Race
  • Education
  • Social stratification
  • Culture
  • Religion
  • Urban life
  • Peace and reconciliation
  • International development

In addition, because the Sociology program and Social Work program are housed in the same academic department at Gordon, a double major in these fields is made especially easy.


The Sociology program encourages its students to take advantage of the global education opportunities administered through Gordon's Global Education Office (GEO). The program is flexible enough for students to take a semester off campus at most any point during the sophomore, junior or senior year, and faculty advisors work closely with students to ensure that suitable courses taken off campus will fulfill the requirements of the major. Since tuition for most off-campus programs is the same as that for a regular semester or year on campus, there's no reason not to exercise and expand the sociological imagination through a global education experience. The programs from which Sociology majors frequently benefit include: 


Our students prepare for graduate and professional programs and for the workplace. Graduates have been placed in many areas that make use of their acquired skills that include, but are not limited to:

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Law
  • Ministry
  • International development
  • Human services
  • Industry


Dr. Daniel C. Johnson, Chair
Department of Sociology