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

Lower Division Requirements

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)

SOC213-D
Wallace, Douglas S
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 191
SOC213-A
Wallace, Douglas S
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 183
SOC213-C
Minton, Carol
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 109
SOC213-B
Wallace, Douglas S
09/06/2016 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 183
SOC213-A
Moore, Marilyn
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS
SOC213-B
Wallace, Douglas S
01/11/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS
SOC213-C
Wallace, Douglas S
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS

Methodology Requirements

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)

BEH255-B
Travis, Erika J.
09/06/2016 TR 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 190
BEH255-C
Mauldin, Kristin N.
09/06/2016 TR 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS B112
BEH255-A
Edge, Cianna Renae
09/06/2016 TR 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS B221
BEH255-A
Travis, Erika J.
01/11/2017 TR 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS
BEH255-B
Travis, Erika J.
01/11/2017 TR 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS

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)

BEH256-B
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
09/06/2016 TR 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS B252
BEH256-A
Travis, Erika J.
09/06/2016 TR 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 190
BEH256-A
Pelletier, Joseph P.
01/11/2017 TR 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS
BEH256-B
Pelletier, Joseph P.
01/11/2017 TR 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS

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)

BEH333-A
Lewis, Nathaniel P
09/06/2016 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 125
BEH333-A
Stokes, H. Bruce
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS 203

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)

BEH383-C
Knabb, Joshua J.
09/06/2016 TR 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 375
BEH383-A
Spezzaferri, Mitchell Rae
09/06/2016 TR 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 367
BEH383-B
Nardi, Nicholas M.
09/06/2016 TR 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 209
BEH383-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 TR 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS B113
BEH383-B
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 TR 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 209

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)

BEH385-A
Iverson, Nathan David
09/06/2016 TR 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS B113
BEH385-B
Mauldin, Kristin N.
09/06/2016 TR 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS B113
BEH385-A
STAFF, STAFF
01/11/2017 TR 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS B113
BEH385-B
Pelletier, Joseph P.
01/11/2017 TR 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS 209

Upper Division Requirements

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)

SOC323-A
Moore, Marilyn
09/06/2016 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS B220
SOC323-B
Moore, Marilyn
09/06/2016 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS B220
SOC323-A
Moore, Marilyn
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS
SOC323-B
Moore, Marilyn
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 202

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)

SOC335-A
Wallace, Douglas S
01/11/2017 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM BUS

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)

SOC337-A
Wallace, Douglas S
09/06/2016 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 36B

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)

SOC338-A
Moore, Marilyn
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM BUS

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)

SOC345-A
Wallace, Douglas S
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS

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)

SOC347-A
Minton, Carol
01/11/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM BUS ONLN

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)

SOC348-A
Minton, Carol
01/11/2017 T 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM BUS

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)

SOC355-A
Wallace, Douglas S
09/06/2016 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM BUS 166

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)

SOC381-A
Moore, Marilyn
09/06/2016 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM BUS 204

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.