Bachelor of Science in Sociology Degree at GCU
What it means to be human, how people interact with each other and how societies develop are matters at the heart of a sociology degree. This exciting field of study examines topics as diverse as crime, religion, social class structures and societal destabilization. Pursue your passion for cultural knowledge and societal understanding with the Bachelor of Science in Sociology at Grand Canyon University.
This BS in Sociology degree, offered by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, inspires students to engage in deep thought about the common issues that affect contemporary societies. Students examine an evidence-based approach toward analyzing scientific research on topics such as human behavior, social status, family relations, race relations, income inequality, drug abuse and globalization. In developing a better understanding of the world around them, students are inspired to make a positive difference in their local, regional and global communities.
What You Study to Get a BS in Sociology
The skills you will learn while earning your bachelor’s in sociology will serve you well throughout your professional life. Regardless of the career path you choose, you can benefit from learning how to effectively communicate to a variety of audiences, perform intensive research and apply theories to analyze data. Critical reasoning, collaboration and servant leadership are key qualities for sociology students.
This sociology degree allows students to benefit from multiple perspectives of societal development and human interaction. Students explore society’s social structure, formation and influences of social forces and social change and examine the dynamics of social hierarchies, wealth and power within society.
What Does a Sociologist Do?
This sociology bachelor of science degree is a comprehensive survey of the foundational knowledge, skills and analytical framework that sociologists need. In courses such as Sociology of Religion, Stratification and Inequality in a Diverse Society, Globalization and Sociological Theory, students examine these core competencies:
- The analysis of religious beliefs, practices and organizations from a sociological perspective
- The social inequality, economic, cultural, political and environmental characteristics of globalization
- The theoretical, historical and conceptual frameworks of social stratification
- The major sociological theorists from the 19th century to modern times
The degree program culminates with the Sociology Capstone. Students complete a major research project that demonstrates their mastery of sociological theories and perspectives, critical reasoning, the scientific method and the Christian worldview.
Learn Skills Valued in Diverse Career Paths
The foundational knowledge and skills you’ll acquire with this BS in Sociology degree can equip you to pursue a diverse range of career paths. Some individuals with an undergraduate sociology degree may choose to pursue a master’s degree. A graduate degree may open doors to sociologists in academia, such as research or teaching positions. Listed below are other career opportunities that may be related to this degree.
- Social services: Case management, youth and elderly services, social work, government agencies and rehabilitation
- Law: Law enforcement, criminal justice, judicial affairs, attorney, paralegal and probation and parole administration
- Health services: Substance abuse education, community health educator, rehabilitation counseling, recreational therapist and family planning
- Community services: Community development, environmental advocacy, child welfare and education advocacy, urban planning and non-profit organizations
- Business: Public relations, human resources, corporate training, media relations, marketing and sales, consumer research and real estate
There are many opportunities that may be available to individuals with a Bachelor of Science in Sociology.
General Education Requirements
General Education coursework prepares Grand Canyon University graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.
Upon completion of the Grand Canyon University's University Foundation experience, students will be able to demonstrate competency in the areas of academic skills and self-leadership. They will be able to articulate the range of resources available to assist them, explore career options related to their area of study, and have knowledge of Grand Canyon's community. Students will be able to demonstrate foundational academic success skills, explore GCU resources (CLA, Library, Career Center, ADA office, etc), articulate strategies of self-leadership and management and recognize opportunities to engage in the GCU community.
- UNV-112, Success in Science, Engineering and Technology & Lab: 4
- UNV-103, University Success: 4
- UNV-303, University Success: 4
- UNV-108, University Success in the College of Education: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to construct rhetorically effective communications appropriate to diverse audiences, purposes, and occasions (English composition, communication, critical reading, foreign language, sign language, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of English grammar or composition.
- UNV-104, 21st Century Skills: Communication and Information Literacy: 4
- ENG-105, English Composition I: 4
- ENG-106, English Composition II: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to express aspects of Christian heritage and worldview. Students are required to take CWV-101/CWV-301.
- CWV-101, Christian Worldview: 4
- CWV-301, Christian Worldview: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to use various analytic and problem-solving skills to examine, evaluate, and/or challenge ideas and arguments (mathematics, biology, chemistry, physics, geology, astronomy, physical geography, ecology, economics, theology, logic, philosophy, technology, statistics, accounting, etc.). Students are required to take 3 credits of intermediate algebra or higher.
- MAT-154, Applications of College Algebra: 4
- MAT-144, College Mathematics: 4
- PHI-105, 21st Century Skills: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving: 4
- BIO-220, Environmental Science: 4
Graduates of Grand Canyon University will be able to demonstrate awareness and appreciation of and empathy for differences in arts and culture, values, experiences, historical perspectives, and other aspects of life (psychology, sociology, government, Christian studies, Bible, geography, anthropology, economics, political science, child and family studies, law, ethics, crosscultural studies, history, art, music, dance, theater, applied arts, literature, health, etc.). If the predefined course is a part of the major, students need to take an additional course.
- HIS-144, U.S. History Themes: 4
- PSY-102, General Psychology: 4
- SOC-100, Everyday Sociology: 4
Program Core Courses
This course presents a survey of the concepts, theories, and methods used by sociologists to describe and explain the effects of social structure on human behavior. It emphasizes the understanding and use of the sociological perspective in everyday life.
This course provides a survey of the various issues and problems faced by contemporary American society, including crime, drug abuse, sexual variance, poverty, overpopulation, and family relations. Emphasis is placed upon how these problems arise from and are perpetuated by modern social structure.
This course provides a study of social and group factors affecting individual behavior. Attention is given to the development of attitudes, roles, norms, group processes, aggression and cooperation, persuasion, stereotypes and prejudices, and social awareness. The role of culture in social processes is emphasized.
This course is designed as a practical look at marriage and family life with emphasis on understanding social science research on marriage and family life and its present and future applications to the lives of students.
This course provides the foundation for students to understand the profession of social work, the social welfare system, and social service programs. Students examine the theoretical perspectives of social work and social welfare. They evaluate how historical and theoretical perspectives influence social service systems, practice, and programs. In a broad overview, students examine social work ethics, generalist practice, policy analysis and practice, social service programs, and advocacy.
This course integrates globalization concepts and theory with the social reality of the global world. The course leads the students to understand globalization’s economic, cultural, political, environmental, and social inequality characteristics. Upon completion of the course students gain a definitional and conceptual framework of globalization and its mechanisms. The course places emphasis on the student as a global citizen. Students develop a beginning framework of analysis to engage their global world.
This course is a study of elementary theories of probability, distribution, and testing of statistical hypotheses. Practical experience is provided in the application of statistical methods. Prerequisite: MAT-134, MAT-144 or MAT-154.
This course provides an explanation of the various methods used by social scientists to find answers to the questions posed by their subject matter, including basic terminology and concepts and practice using methods such as surveys, experiments, field research, and evaluation research, as well as some unobtrusive methods. An introduction to analysis of data obtained from research is also included.
This course provides students with a framework to examine religious organizations as a part of a larger social order. It introduces basic concepts in the sociology of religion and briefly surveys the historical and social landscape of religion. The goal of the course is to analyze religious beliefs, practices, and organizations from a sociological perspective, with a primary focus on religion in the contemporary United States.
This writing intensive course is a survey of the major theorists whose works and thoughts have influenced and guided the academic discipline of sociology. The emphasis is placed on the founders of sociological theory from the 19th century but attention is also given to those who followed in their footsteps in the 20th and 21st centuries.
This writing intensive course examines the theoretical, historical, and conceptual frameworks of social stratification and social inequality within the context of class, race and ethnicity, and gender. Students analyze the effect of historical events upon social inequality and the impact of those events on current trends within social institutions. Students examine strategies for change relative to social inequality and marginalization of diverse groups. Upon course completion, students are able to explain and evaluate the effects of social stratification and inequality on class, race and ethnicity, and gender in the United States.
This course culminates in the application of program knowledge and skill acquisition of sociological perspectives and analysis as they relate to the various content areas. Students apply theory and practical application strategies as they complete a research project that demonstrates critical thinking, using both Christian worldview, the scientific method, and sociological theory/perspectives about the effects of society upon human social behavior and human social behavior’s impact upon society. Upon course completion, students possess basic skills to engage the social world through a well-developed sociological toolkit. This capstone course needs to be completed at the end of program. Prerequisite: SOC-400.