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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

A degree in sociology from California Baptist University (CBU) provides necessary skills for entering professional employment at both the national and international levels.  Profit and non-profit government, business, and ministry organizations value employees that have taken sociology coursework and apply it to their interaction with others.  The foundational concepts in sociology include knowledge and skills in group dynamics, social inequality, and social diversity.  Additionally, the CBU sociology program includes courses in theology and faith and its relationship to human behavior.  Our faculty work to create an inclusive, positive learning environment in all of their courses.  Medical schools have recently begun requiring applicants to have a foundational knowledge of behavioral science concepts including sociology and have made it a part of the MCAT exam for 2015.  An understanding of the foundational knowledge within sociology is vital for working in today's multiethnic and multinational business environments.

Sociology faculty at CBU encourage and provide students with opportunities to be involved in research and community volunteer and internship positions.  Currently, our students are actively working with Women Wonder Writers, Real Men Read, Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Jill's House (a camp for children with special needs), and Safe House (a transitional living center for young people who have 'aged out' of the foster care system).

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Program Requirements

Sociology Major (44 units) BA

Lower Division Requirements

SOC 213 Introduction to Sociology

Methodology Requirements

BEH 250 Professional Reading and Writing in the Behavioral Science

BEH 333 Epistemology and Worldview

BEH 383 Statistical Techniques in Behavioral Science with SPSS

BEH 385 Methods of Research with SPSS

Upper Division Requirements

SOC 323 Marriage and the Family

SOC 335 Social Problems

SOC 337 Deviant Behavior

SOC 338 Group Dynamics and Social Movements

SOC 345 Sociology of Diversity

SOC 347 Sociology of Gender

SOC 348 Sociology of Aging

SOC 355 Social Stratification

SOC 381 Social Theory

Optional Concentrations* (12 units)

Students can earn a concentration in the following areas by completing the certificate requirements**: Anthropology, Christian Behavioral Science, Cognitive Psychology, Counseling Ministry, Diversity, Life Span Development, Psychology, Religion and Behavior, or Social Work.

*Each optional concentration requires the completion of twelve (12) distinct units beyond the major.

**Certificate requirements are located in the Academic Program section of the catalog by certificate title.

Sociology Major (47 units) BA

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Content: Discipline, knowledge, and skills (theories, concepts, & terms)
    • To demonstrate the sociological perspective, core classic and contemporary sociological theories consistent with ASA requirements
    • To use and apply concepts such as sociological imagination and mindfulness, terms, and basic skills consistent with ASA requirements
    • To describe the concepts of culture and social institutions and to provide and recognize examples
  • Critical Thinking: Skills in analysis, synthesis, and use of evidence; problem solving (reflective & analytical)
    • To use and critically analyze the cornerstone classic and contemporary sociological theories
    • To read and evaluate qualitative and quantitative research designs and methodologies used in scholarly research within the discipline
    • To critically analyze the concepts of culture and social institutions and how they shape individual lives
  • Communication: speaking and writing skills; technology literacy; research skills
    • Conduct and write a review that summarizes part of the sociology literature, applying fundamental strategies such as a thesis focus, an informative middle and an effective conclusion resulting from effective drafting, revising, and editing
    • Use and define terms and concepts of the discipline and applying them appropriately, showing a strong & direct link between concepts and assigned reading

Lower Division Requirements

Methodology Requirements

Upper Division Requirements

Optional Concentrations* (12 units)

Students can earn a concentration in the following areas by completing the certificate requirements**: Anthropology, Christian Behavioral Science, Cognitive Psychology, Counseling Ministry, Diversity, Life Span Development, Psychology, Religion and Behavior, or Social Work. 

*Each optional concentration requires the completion of twelve (12) distinct units beyond the major. 

**Certificate requirements are located in the Academic Program section of the catalog by certificate title.