Sociology B.A.

Mission: 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.

Core Curriculum Requirements52
Major Core Requirements46
Total Units120

Sociology Major Core Requirements 

Lower Division
SOC-100CIntroduction to Sociology3
ANTH-102CIntro to Cultural Anthropology3
SOC-265CIntroduction to Behavioral Statistics3
Upper Division
Select 19 units of the following:19
Marriage & the Family
Class,Race,Ethnicity & Gender
Sociological Theory
Research Design & Methods
Research Design & Methods Lab
Field Practicum 1
Research Practicum 1
Senior Seminar
Select 18 units of the following:18
Social Problems
Sociology of Sport & Human Movement
Criminology/Criminal Justice System System
Introduction to Social Work
Death, Grief, and Loss System
Social & Cultural Change
Social Psychology
Managing Crisis
Public Health
Child Welfare
Family Violence
Human Sexuality
Religion & Society
Inside-Out-Jail Class
Juvenile Delinquency & Justice
Urban Studies System
Deviant Behavior
Social Issues of Health & Wellness
Immigration and Diversity
Migrants and Refugees
Prisons and Jails
Mental Illness in Society
Globalization & Development
Sociology Teaching Internship
Sociology Research Assistantship
Special Topic in Sociology
Individual Studies in Sociology
Total Units46

 An exit interview and exam are required of all graduating seniors. The exit exam is designed to assess the mastery of concepts, principles and knowledge expected of students at the conclusion of the sociology major.

Disclaimer: This sample Four Year Plan is provided as a guide for the recommended sequencing of courses. Vanguard University requires that students complete a minimum of 120 units of required course work as outlined on the Requirements tab in order to receive a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science, or Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. It is the student's responsibility to confirm with the department the course rotation before enrolling in courses. If applicable, please note the footnotes at the bottom of the page for additional information related to courses listed in a particular year and term. Questions, contact the Department of Sociology.

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1 Term 1Units
CORE-100C Cornerstone 1
ENGL-120C Persuasive Writing 3
KINE-145C Lifetime Fitness/Wellness Lect 1
KINE-146C Lifetime Fitness/Well Activity 1
SOC-100C Introduction to Sociology 3
HIST-PLCR1History Core Requirement (US History) 3
THEO-PLHDTheology Core Requirement 3
Year 1 Term 2
NT-101C New Testament Survey 3
ANTH-102C Intro to Cultural Anthropology 3
FINA-PLCRFine Arts Core Curriculum Requirement 3
ELCT-PLHD3AGeneral Elective 3 Units 3
HIST-PLCR2History Core Requirement (World Civ) 3
Year 2 Term 1
ENGL-220C Researched Writing 3
OT-201C Old Testament Survey 3
SOC-332 Marriage & the Family 3
NSCI-PLCRScience Lec/Lab Requirement 4
SOC-PLHD3Sociology Elective 3 Units 3
Year 2 Term 2
SOC-343 Class,Race,Ethnicity & Gender 3
ENGL-230C Literature and the Human Experience 3
SOC-PLHD3Sociology Elective 3 Units 3
COMM-201C Speech Composition and Presentation 3
SOC-265C Introduction to Behavioral Statistics 3
Year 3 Term 1
SOC-365 Sociological Theory 3
THEO-300C Developing a Christian World View 3
SOC-PLHD6Sociology Elct 6 Units 6
ELCT-PLHD3AGeneral Elective 3 Units 3
Year 3 Term 2
SOC-369 Research Design & Methods 3
SOC-369L Research Design & Methods Lab 1
ELCT-PLHD6Electives 6 Units 6
SOC-PLHD6Sociology Elct 6 Units 6
Year 4 Term 1
SOC-490C Senior Seminar 3
ELCT-PLHD6Electives 6 Units 6
SOC-PLPRSociology Practicum 3
CHIS-400C Christian Heritage 3
Year 4 Term 2
ELCT-PLHD13Electives 13 Units 12
 Total Units119