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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
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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. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2016 SOC213-A A Wallace, Douglas S 05/02/2016 Wednesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex
189
Fall 2016 SOC213-A A Wallace, Douglas S 09/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex
183
Fall 2016 SOC213-D D Wallace, Douglas S 09/06/2016 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Building 36
36B
Fall 2016 SOC213-B B Wallace, Douglas S 09/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM James Complex
183
Fall 2016 SOC213-C C Minton, Carol 09/06/2016 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
B251
Spring 2017 SOC213-A A Moore, Marilyn 01/11/2017 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM TBA
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Spring 2017 SOC213-B B Wallace, Douglas S 01/11/2017 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
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Spring 2017 SOC213-C C Wallace, Douglas S 01/11/2017 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 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
Summer 2016 BEH255-A A Pelletier, Joseph P. 05/02/2016 Wednesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex
190
Fall 2016 BEH255-B B Travis, Erika J. 09/06/2016 Thursday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM James Complex
190
Fall 2016 BEH255-C C Mauldin, Kristin N. 09/06/2016 Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
B252
Fall 2016 BEH255-A A Edge, Cianna Renae 09/06/2016 Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
B221
Spring 2017 BEH255-A A Travis, Erika J. 01/11/2017 Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
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Spring 2017 BEH255-B B Travis, Erika J. 01/11/2017 Thursday 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
Summer 2016 BEH256-A A Pelletier, Joseph P. 06/27/2016 Wednesday 8:00 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex
190
Fall 2016 BEH256-B B Ramirez, Rebecca R 09/06/2016 Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Yeager Center
B112
Fall 2016 BEH256-A A Travis, Erika J. 09/06/2016 Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM James Complex
190
Spring 2017 BEH256-A A Pelletier, Joseph P. 01/11/2017 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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Spring 2017 BEH256-B B Pelletier, Joseph P. 01/11/2017 Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM 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 2016 BEH333-A A Lewis, Nathaniel P 09/06/2016 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Sch Business Building
125
Spring 2017 BEH333-A A Stokes, H. Bruce 01/11/2017 Tuesday, Thursday 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Sch Business Building
203
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BEH383 Statistics & Rsrch Methodology I

BEH383 Statistics & Rsrch Methodology I

This course introduces the various quantitative and qualitative methodologies utilized in behavioral science research. Also included are the collection, treatment, and interpretation of data in research and testing using a statistical analysis application. Prerequisite: BEH 256. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Summer 2016 BEH383-A A Pelletier, Joseph P. 05/02/2016 Monday, Wednesday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex
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Fall 2016 BEH383-C C Knabb, Joshua J. 09/06/2016 Thursday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM James Complex
375
Fall 2016 BEH383-A A Pelletier, Joseph P. 09/06/2016 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex
367
Fall 2016 BEH383-B B Pelletier, Joseph P. 09/06/2016 Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Sch Business Building
209
Spring 2017 BEH383-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/11/2017 Thursday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center
B113
Spring 2017 BEH383-B B STAFF, STAFF 01/11/2017 Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Sch Business Building
209
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BEH385 Statistics & Rsrch MethodologyII

BEH385 Statistics & Rsrch MethodologyII

This course presents some of the more complex quantitative and qualitative methodologies utilized in behavioral science research. It builds on the various concepts of quantitative research, qualitative research, data collection, analysis, and interpretation introduced in previous courses. This course continues the development of student proficiency with basic and intermediate functions of a statistical analysis application. Prerequisite: BEH 383. Three hours lecture, three hours lab. (4 units; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2016 BEH385-A A STAFF, STAFF 09/06/2016 Thursday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center
B113
Fall 2016 BEH385-B B Mauldin, Kristin N. 09/06/2016 Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center
B113
Spring 2017 BEH385-A A STAFF, STAFF 01/11/2017 Thursday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B113
Spring 2017 BEH385-B B Pelletier, Joseph P. 01/11/2017 Thursday 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

This course addresses the social institutions of marriage and family using a theoretical and research-based approach to examine the social, behavioral, and psychological aspects as they are practiced in American culture. The course discusses dating, mate selection, the experience of marriage, marital challenges, and diversity in family forms. The course defines and evaluates marriage and the family from sociological, psychological, and biblical perspectives. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2016 SOC323-A A Moore, Marilyn 09/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center
B221
Fall 2016 SOC323-B B Moore, Marilyn 09/06/2016 Tuesday, Thursday 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Yeager Center
B221
Spring 2017 SOC323-A A Moore, Marilyn 01/11/2017 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
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Spring 2017 SOC323-B B Moore, Marilyn 01/11/2017 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 2017 SOC335-A A Wallace, Douglas S 01/11/2017 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 2016 SOC337-A A Wallace, Douglas S 09/06/2016 Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Building 36
36B
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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 2017 SOC338-A A Moore, Marilyn 01/11/2017 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 2017 SOC345-A A Wallace, Douglas S 01/11/2017 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 2017 SOC347-A A Minton, Carol 01/11/2017 Monday, Wednesday 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
ONLN
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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 2017 SOC348-A A Minton, Carol 01/11/2017 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 2016 SOC355-A A Wallace, Douglas S 09/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM James Complex
166
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SOC381 Social Theory

SOC381 Social Theory

This course introduces classical and contemporary sociological theories to examine the fundamental forces that influence human interactions in daily living. Specific emphasis is given to the relationships between social institutions, social and economic power, socially constructed reality, and cultural effects on individual identity, expression, and opportunities in society. Recognition of the differences between the secular patterns of norms and behaviors are paralleled with faith integration on constructs of beliefs and behaviors. Prerequisite: BEH100 or SOC213. (3 units; Fall)

  Course Sec Instructor Dates Days Time Location
Fall 2016 SOC381-A A Moore, Marilyn 09/06/2016 Monday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Sch Business Building
204
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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.