Sociology (BA/BS)

The Sociology major equips students for entry-level positions in the field of human services, for example, child and family services, social work, and Christian ministry where a background in sociology is either required or enhances the individual's qualifications for employment. Courses in sociology emphasize the dynamics of contemporary social life as these impact individuals, families, and society-at-large in a culturally diverse and global environment. Students apply written and verbal communication skills, as well as research methods in problem-solving, within a social science context.

In the development of the Sociology program, the focus has been to enable the student to understand and predict human behavior and social phenomena within the context of a Christian worldview.

Goals of the Sociology Major

Students will demonstrate a basic understanding and global perspective of human interaction, social group relationships, and societal systems based on sociological research and literature.

  • Students will be able to think with a sociological imagination, having enhanced awareness of other cultural and socioeconomic perspectives.

  • Students will be prepared for entry-level positions in careers related to the field of sociology and/or for graduate work in their respective callings.

  • Students will incorporate a Christian worldview and demonstrate servant leadership through involvement in internships and service- learning projects.

DEGREE REQUIREMENTS

courses

credit hours (ba)

credit hours (bS)

Developing A Christian Mind
DCM 2301 - Developing a Christian Mind

3

3

English

12

9

ENGL 1301 - Composition and Rhetoric I

ENGL 1302 - Composition and Rhetoric II

ENGL 2301 - World Literature I

and/or

ENGL 2302 - World Literature II

Fine Arts
FINE 1306 - Introduction to Fine Arts

3

3

Foreign Language
*Six hours at the 2000 level if adequate requisites are met

14*

0

Foundations for Excellence

1

1

FOUN 1101 - Foundations for Excellence

is required of all first-year and transfer students with fewer than 15 credit hours.

(AP, CLEP, IB, or dual/concurrent credit earned while in high school does not count toward these 15 credit hours.)

History

6

6

Choose two:

HIST 1301 - U.S. History to 1865

HIST 1302 - U.S. History Since 1865

HIST 2301 - World Civilization I

HIST 2302 - World Civilization II

Kinesiology

2

2

KNES 1101 - Fitness for Living

and one additional activity course (KNES 1102-1122); for veterans or those 25 years of age or older prior to enrollment at DBU, KNES courses are waived.

Mathematics

3

3

(BA)

Choose one:

MATH 1301 - Math for Liberal Arts

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I


(BS)

Choose one:

MATH 1303 - College Algebra

MATH 1307 - Finite Math for Business Analysis

MATH 1405 - Calculus and Analytic Geometry I

Natural Science (1000 or 2000 level courses only)

4

15

One laboratory science (BA)

or

15  credit hours of laboratory science (BS)

selected from two or more areas of Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physical Science, or Physics

Religion 

9

9

RELI 1301 - Old Testament Survey

RELI 1302 - New Testament Survey

and

three additional credit hours depending on credit hours transferred at time of initial enrollment

Social Science
POLS 2301 - American National Government

3

3

TOTAL GENERAL STUDIES HOURS

60

54

Sociology Major

30

30

SOCI 1301 - Introduction to Sociology

SOCI 1302 - Social Problems

or

SOCI 3309 - Social Work

SOCI 2303 - Statistics for the Social Sciences

SOCI 3305 - Internship in Sociology I (S-L)

SOCI 4301 - Race and Ethnicity

SOCI 4303 - Social Psychology

SOCI 4317 - Research Methods

Plus an additional 9 hours of upper-level hours Sociology. 

Electives

Upper-Level

Lower or Upper-Level

21

9

21

15

TOTAL CREDIT HOURS REQUIRED

120

120

A 120-credit-hour minimum for a bachelor's degree is required, including 42 upper-level credit hours.

Minimum GPA Required for Graduation from Dallas Baptist University: DBU requires a minimum institutional cumulative, major, and minor GPA of 2.0.

(S-L) = Course(s) with field-based service-learning component.

MINOR IN SOCIOLOGY

See information about the Sociology minor here.

Refer to individual course descriptions for course requisites.

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

Find course descriptions by category under the Undergraduate Course Descriptions section in the navigation panel.