Your major in Sociology will enable you to explore the forces and factors that influence culture and society. You’ll learn to think critically about human interaction both on an individual, person-to-person level as well as the broader relationships of governments and cultures.
Gardner-Webb’s Sociology curriculum is comprised of four foundational courses supplemented by 18 hours of sociology electives on the topics of your choice. Required courses include:
- SOCI 201: Introduction to Sociology (3 hrs.)
- SOCI 311: Social Research Methodology (3 hrs.)
- SOCI 330: Sociological Theory (3 hrs.)
- SOCI 396: Introduction to Statistics (3 hrs.)
These classes will provide you with tools in research, critical thinking, and statistical analysis needed to excel as you investigate other topics in sociology such as Marriage & Family, Social Change, Sociology of Religion, Sociology of Deviant Behavior, Minority Groups, Sociology of Gender, The Community, Special Topics, and more.
You can also supplement your learning with an independent research seminar, an internship for academic credit, or an international experience through study abroad.
Gardner-Webb's Department of Social Sciences works to help students develop the intellectual skills to explore meaningful questions about politics, society and the human past, in an environment of comprehensive curiosity based on Christian values. We strive to educate students within a deeper understanding of the world we live in, both past and present, offering tools to effect positive change.
Learning about sociology extends beyond the classroom. As a sociology major, you’ll get to add to your classroom learning with real-life insight gained from field trips to sites such as group homes, court rooms, and prisons.
Opportunities for study abroad will allow you to expand your learning outside of the classroom and across the globe. Previous study abroad opportunities have included Strasbourg and Berlin.
Model Arab League
As a member of Model Arab League, you’ll get to develop your critical thinking, public speaking, and debate skills in competitions against other schools.
Pre-Law/ Public Service Organization
The Department of Social Sciences is home to the pre-law/public service group which provides support for students who wish to pursue legal and public vocations. Local professionals connect with students and answer their questions.
The GWU College Democrats is a student-led organization promoting political involvement around progressive causes.
The GWU College Republicans organization promotes Republican values and helps students develop strong leadership abilities.
Through the Office of Christian Life and Service, students have the opportunity to complete the training session and visit local prisons, allowing for conversation and ministry with prisoners.
An internship is a great way to earn academic credit, learn hands-on skills, and prepare for the professional world. GWU students have interned at police stations, non-profit organizations, group homes, counseling centers, the YMCA, and the Boys &Girls Clubs of America. We will work individually with you to help you pursue your own unique interests.
With your degree in sociology, you can pursue meaningful careers in a number of fields. You can find employment in places such as non-profit organizations dealing with social justice issues, nursing homes, hospitals and clinics, mental health centers, rehab centers, community centers, Juvenile facilities, or programs focusing on areas such as child welfare or family counseling.
We are proud of our sociology alumni. We have graduates serving in the Peace Corps, Teach for America, and Americorps. We have graduates who have continued on to graduate programs such as forensic psychology. We have others who have become police offices, child protective service case managers, group home case managers, social workers and coaches.