In the sociology program, we look comprehensively at people in interaction with each other, whether it is looking into personal relationships in families or looking into larger social institutions. As Christian sociologists, we study sociology to better understand human relationships and the way in which sin affects them in this fallen world where we see suffering and injustice. By actively studying, diligently researching, and consciously participating in society, we are able to discover ways in which God is calling us to be His agents of renewal here on earth. Studying sociology will challenge you personally, academically, and spiritually. It will help you build strong critical thinking skills, develop a stronger writing ability, and understand the world in a unique way.
Below are quotes from sociology majors stating why they chose to major in sociology.
"After my first sociology course, I was hooked. I was into studying society and how social changes affect us. Sociology offers so many different ways to understand how society works, and it helps us have a greater understanding of why certain things happen in society."
"Sociology was a major where I was encouraged to go wherever my mind would take me. I was given the tools to test my ideas and discover actual data to support my theories."
"I had a genuine interest in understanding my own social location in the world."
"I chose sociology because I felt that sociology would give me the most freedom to explore multiple career paths. As a rising city planner, I am able to see how my understandings of socio-economic disparities operate in an an urban context. I know that in the future I will be able to effectively create solutions in local distressed communities."
The following are all skills that sociology majors can list on their resumes as major skill sets.
Conduct Research and Analyze Data: Learn both qualitative and quantitative research methods. This will allow you to recognize trends and patterns and produce social statistics such as those used in market research, opinion polling, sales, and countless other applications.
Communicate Skillfully: Learn how to convey your ideas effectively in writing and presentations.
Practice Critical Thinking: Learn to look beyond the surface of issues to discover the"why". Build your analytical skills. Solve problems and identify opportunities.
Gain a Global Perspective: Learn about different cultures and how to analyze the interactions of groups and societies through a global and historical perspective.
Prepare for Graduate School: An undergraduate major in sociology provides an excellent foundation for graduate study in a wide range of fields including law, business, social work, medicine, public health, public administration and, of course, sociology.
The general sociology concentration offers a broad and flexible training in sociological inquiry and application which will prepare those students who are pursuing a double major or who would like to make sociology a career.
This concentration seeks to bridge the gap between ideals of justice and realities of injustice. It draws on literature from several areas to encourage creative and practical thinking with the goal of enhancing students' level of informed citizenship in a rapidly changing world.