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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.

Sociology Major

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.

Cultural Anthropology Minor

Completion of this minor will give you a foundational understanding of cultural anthropology, language in cultural contexts, and world religions.

Women's Studies Minor

The minor in Women’s Studies is intended to be an interdisciplinary course of study administered by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology.The minor is designed to provide students a theoretical and practical overview of the study of women and women’s issues in society from the perspective of various disciplines.

Anti-Human Trafficking Certificate

Completion of this study will build a foundation for field practitioners and the certificate will establish a baseline of expected knowledge among professionals.

A Sampling of Sociology Courses

SOC 310

Intro to Social Work

Introduction to Social Work

This course will introduce students to the profession of social work across a variety of contexts. Special attention will be given to the values supporting social work, areas/fields of practice, and the social functions filled by social workers.

SOC 376

Immigration and Diversity

Immigration and Diversity

This course will discuss topics of immigration and demographic change as interconnected social phenomena and will explore different generational cohorts as social forces that contribute to suburbanization, American consumerism, the birth and rebirth of social movements and various subcultures.


Class, Race, Ethnicity

Class, Race, Ethnicity

Prerequisite:SOC 100C or ANTH 102C.This course focuses on the distribution of power and resources across racial and ethnic/cultural groups, class structure, and gender. Phenomenological, institutional, and structural aspects of prejudice and discrimination are examined using the matrix of domination (the intersection of attributes related to class, race, ethnicity and gender) to explore the life experiences of individuals.

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