Behavioral Sciences

School of Behavioral Sciences

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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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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
    • Deliver effective oral presentations in a variety of communication settings, using standard diction of American English in a professional manner including dress and demeanor
    • Lead and participate effectively in group discussions, applying active listening skills and a respect for diverse views in interpersonal settings
    • Select the most appropriate sources and databases for accessing and obtaining the needed information. Examines and compares information from various sources in order to ascertain the reliability, validity, accuracy, authority, timeliness, and point of view or bias of a given source.
  • Integrity/values: academic integrity, discipline specific ethical issues; an understanding of ethics; respect for social diversity
  • Project management: team work skills; informed participation in multiple levels of community applying academic studies to the workplace and professional environments
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Lower Division Requirements

SOC213 Introduction to Sociology

SOC213 Introduction to Sociology

A general introduction to the scientific study of human behavior in social settings. It includes major theories of human behavior in terms of culture, socialization, primary groups, stratification and social class, population, family, religion, and social change. This course or BEH 100 is a prerequisite for courses in Sociology. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 SOC213-A A Wallace, Douglas S 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B221
Fall 2014 SOC213-D D Wallace, Douglas S 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center
B220
Fall 2014 SOC213-B B Minton, Carol 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Yeager Center
B220
Fall 2014 SOC213-C C Minton, Carol 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
B252
Spring 2015 SOC213-C C Wallace, Douglas S 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
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Spring 2015 SOC213-A A Wallace, Douglas S 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 SOC213-B B Moore, Marilyn 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
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Methodology Requirements

BEH255 Found Skills in Behav Sciences I

BEH255 Found Skills in Behav Sciences I

This course is an overview of the collection, treatment, and interpretation of data in research and testing. Classroom exercises will not include direct use of SPSS. Prerequisite: MAT115 or STA144. (3 Units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BEH255-B B Travis, Erika J. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex
190
Fall 2014 BEH255-A A Travis, Erika J. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex
190
Fall 2014 BEH255-C C Machado, Reba Joyce 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
B112
Spring 2015 BEH255-A A Travis, Erika J. 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 BEH255-B B Travis, Erika J. 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM TBA
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BEH256 Found Skill in Behav Sciences II

BEH256 Found Skill in Behav Sciences II

Continuing study of the collection, treatment, and interpretation of data in research and testing of the foundational skills in Behavioral Sciences I. In order to complete the course, student will be required to successfully pass the Pre-Statistics Exam. Prerequisite: BEH255. (3 Units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BEH256-A A Machado, Reba Joyce 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex
191
Fall 2014 BEH256-B B Pelletier, Joseph P. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
B259
Spring 2015 BEH256-B B STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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Spring 2015 BEH256-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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BEH333 Epistemology & Worldview

BEH333 Epistemology & Worldview

This course examines the basic models of integrating the Christian faith and modern behavioral sciences, including the development of Biblical examples of worldview and epistemology. Emphasis is placed upon the student's development of a personal theory of integration. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BEH333-A A Lewis, Nathaniel P 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Sch Business Building
124
Spring 2015 BEH333-A A Stokes, H. Bruce 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Mission Hall
124
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BEH383 Stat Tech Behavioral Sci w/SPSS

BEH383 Stat Tech Behavioral Sci w/SPSS

The collection, treatment, and interpretation of data in research and testing using the SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences). Prerequisite: BEH 256. Enrollment in this course is contingent upon the successful completion of the Pre-Statistics Exam. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BEH383-B B McBride, Neal F. 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
209
Fall 2014 BEH383-A A Machado, Reba Joyce 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex
367
Fall 2014 BEH383-C C Ward, Tracy H. 09/02/2014 Monday 6:00 PM - 8:50 PM Sch Business Building
209
Spring 2015 BEH383-B B Pelletier, Joseph P. 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM James Complex
367
Spring 2015 BEH383-A A Pelletier, Joseph P. 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
B113
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BEH385 Methods of Research with SPSS

BEH385 Methods of Research with SPSS

An examination of philosophical assumptions and scientific methodology for both quantitative and qualitative approaches including experimental designs, correlation studies, survey research, interview techniques, naturalistic observation and participant observation. Research issues include design and data analysis with SPSS (Statistical Package for the Social Sciences) computer program, systematic evaluation of practices, and ethical issues related to research. Prerequisite: BEH 383. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 BEH385-A A Pelletier, Joseph P. 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
B113
Spring 2015 BEH385-B B McBride, Neal F. 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Yeager Center
B113
Spring 2015 BEH385-A A Pelletier, Joseph P. 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Sch Business Building
209
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Upper Division Requirements

SOC323 Marriage and the Family

SOC323 Marriage and the Family

A basic study of marital and family relationships, the social and psychological significance of the family, the family in transition, adjustments in marriage, and the divorce problem. Comparison of American cultural and religious marital forms are included. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 SOC323-A A Moore, Marilyn 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B251
Fall 2014 SOC323-B B Moore, Marilyn 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
250
Spring 2015 SOC323-A A Moore, Marilyn 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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Spring 2015 SOC323-B B Moore, Marilyn 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
202
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SOC335 Social Problems

SOC335 Social Problems

A study of the nature and meaning of social problems and deviant behavior in American Society. The incidence and characteristics of selected social problems of major public interest will be explored. Prerequisite: BEH 100 or SOC 213. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2015 SOC335-A A Wallace, Douglas S 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
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SOC337 Deviant Behavior

SOC337 Deviant Behavior

An overview of causes, implications and social patterns of deviant behavior. Included subjects are role conflict, normlessness, alienation, group deviance and social theory in understanding and correcting social problems that result from deviance. Prerequisite: BEH 100 or SOC 213. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 SOC337-A A Wallace, Douglas S 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
B220
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SOC338 Group Dynamics & Social Movement

SOC338 Group Dynamics & Social Movement

This course is a basic study of group interaction and its effects on the individual. This course will also examine the influence of the individual on the group. It will explore the psychological and sociological interactions and relationships, power structures, and conformity in the context of social movements and sub-groups. Prerequisite: BEH 100 or SOC 213. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2015 SOC338-A A Moore, Marilyn 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
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SOC345 Race and Ethnicity

SOC345 Race and Ethnicity

This course will focus on the sociological approach to the ascribed statuses of race, class, and gender in American Society. Also explores how these social concepts are perceived, reinforced, and altered through social institutions, social interaction, media influence, and the dynamics of social change. Prerequisites BEH 100 or SOC 213. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2015 SOC345-A A Wallace, Douglas S 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA
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SOC347 Sociology of Gender

SOC347 Sociology of Gender

An examination of the way in which macro institutions and micro institutions structure gender relations in society, and how gender in turn structures and stratifies the social order. From the perspective of personal identity, we will ask how it is that we experience ourselves as male and female. The social consequences of gender stratification are considered including such substantive topic areas as the sexual division of labor, sexual politics, and sexual violence. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2015 SOC347-A A Moore, Marilyn 01/07/2015 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
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SOC348 Sociology of Aging

SOC348 Sociology of Aging

This course will critically look at aging as a social process in addition to its biological and psychological components. Additionally, it will identify the aging population in our present society, the various social experiences associated with aging as well as the socioeconomic issues related to aging. (3 units; Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Spring 2015 SOC348-A A Minton, Carol 01/07/2015 Tuesday, Thursday 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM TBA
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SOC355 Social Stratification

SOC355 Social Stratification

This course explores the development, patterns, structures, and consequences of social inequality, with emphasis on social progress, how American institutions are affected, and how social interactions react to institutionalized inequality. Dynamics of resistance and social change are also discussed. Prerequisites BEH 100 or SOC 213. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 SOC355-A A Wallace, Douglas S 09/02/2014 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
B112
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SOC381 Social Theory

SOC381 Social Theory

The theoretical constructs of Sociology are examined in light of the historical development of the discipline. Prerequisite: BEH 100 or SOC 213. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2014 SOC381-A A Moore, Marilyn 09/02/2014 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
250
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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.