The mission of the Department of Sociology is to equip the next generation of scholar-practitioners to be professionally competent social scientists who are devoted to the public good.
We are a community of learners dedicated to comprehending the cultural and social dimensions of human existence. The program is based on a collaborative learning model wherein faculty and students work together to systematically study human cultural diversity and to analyze the complex relationship that exists between human beings and the social processes and the institutions they create.
We offer students rigorous preparation in social science theory and method and provide regular opportunities for field research with the aim of developing their capacity to apply social science to problem-solving in diverse professional contexts. Our faculty work closely with their students to help them discover their vocation and strengthen their engagement with and in Jesus’ kingdom. Finally, we strive to cultivate in our students a moral vision of professional life so that they remain committed to advancing public good in the vocations they pursue as Vanguard alumni.
The sociology major seeks to equip student scholars with the theoretical, methodological, substantive and practical tools necessary to investigate, understand and engage contemporary and future social life.
The minor in Social Work is intended to be an interdisciplinary course of study administered by the Department of Sociology. The minor is designed to provide students a theoretical and practical overview of the social work field from the perspective of various disciplines.
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Social Work Minor
Total units: 21
The minor requires a total of 21 units from four categories. In completing the requirements for the minor, a minimum of 12 units must be distinct and different from the units used to complete the requirements of a major or another minor. Any units above this minimum may be double counted.
SOC 310 Introduction to Social Work
SOC/ANTH 343 Class, Race, Ethnicity & Gender
SOCIAL STRUCTURES: Select one of the following courses
POLS 446 Public Policy Issues
SOC 230 Social Problems
SOC 376 Immigration and Diversity
SOC 377 Migrants and Refugees
SOC/ANTH 470 Special Topic: Community Development
FAMILY: Select two of the following courses
SOC/PSYC 312 Death, Grief, and Loss
SOC 332 Marriage and the Family
SOC/ANTH 334 Gender, Culture and Society
SOC/PSYC 336 Managing Crisis
SOC 338 Child Welfare
SOC 345/PSYC 344 Special Topic: Aging and Society
PSYC 221 Developmental Psychology
PSYC 373 Psychology of the Family
HEALTH: Select one of the following courses
SOC/ANTH 375 Social Issues of Health & Wellness
SOC 337 Public Health
SOC/PSYC 382 Mental Illness in Society
PSYC 383 Addiction Studies
WJST435 Human Trafficking Aftercare
YOUR CHOICE: Select one course from any of the categories above.
Other courses may count as an elective for the minor as they are developed or as approved by the Sociology Department Chair.