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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

Intro to Social Work

Immigration and Diversity

Class, Race, Ethnicity

Meet Our Faculty & Staff

Stephanie D'Auria

Associate Professor of Sociology, Chair, Sociology Department

Edward Clarke

Professor of Sociology

Hien Park

Associate Professor of Sociology

Isaac Voss

Assistant Professor of Sociology

Vincent Gil

Emeritus Professor of Medical Anthropology and Human Sexuality

Phillip Robinette

Professor Emeritus of Sociology

Cheryl Jensen

Program Coordinator, Social Sciences

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