Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Mount Vernon Nazarene University

Sociology

Program Coordinator, Andrew D. Stebbins

Faculty

Andrew D. Stebbins, PhD

Sociology Program Objectives

The courses and curriculum of the sociology program are designed to achieve the following student outcomes:

  • evidence a sociological imagination with which to understand and critically apply sociological perspectives to the study of social institutions and problems;
  • master the inquiry skills of research design, data collection, and data analysis;
  • acquire a basic understanding of the major theoretical traditions in sociology (e.g., conflict, functionalist, symbolic interactionist, and rational choice perspectives) and the meta-theory underlying them;
  • apply sociological perspectives in critical and reflective ways in examining social institutions and social problems; and
  • articulate how sociological knowledge applies to or informs the practice of Christian faith, values, and ethics in work, community and personal life.

Sociology Programs

Associate in Applied Science in Human Services

Required Courses

SOC1013G Introduction to Sociology

3

PSY1013G General Psychology

3

FCS2012G Contemporary Nutrition

2

SWK2073 Social Welfare Systems

3

FCS3033 Marriage and the Family

3

PED3043 Community Health

3

FIN3063G Consumer Finance

3

Select two of the following:

6

PSY/MAN/SOC3083G Organizational Behavior

 

aSOC3073 Sociology of Community

 

SOC3093 Sociology of Deviance

 

PSY/SOC3053 Social Psychology

 

Total

26 Hours

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Required Courses

SOC1013G Introduction to Sociology

3

MAT2063G Introduction to Statistics

3

SOC3113 Social Research Methods

3

SOC4014 Experimental Research Methods

4

SOC4043 Classical Sociological Theory

3

SOC4091 Sociology Capstone Seminar: Sociology and Faith

1

Elective Courses

Sociology electives

27

At least 9 hours of the sociology electives must be courses numbered 3000 or above. Electives may include these criminal justice courses:

 

CJU1003 Introduction to Criminal Justice

 

CJU3023 Criminology and Victimology

 

Total

44 Hours

The student with a major in sociology must complete a minor in another field.

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology (Child Life Specialist Track)

Required Core Courses

SOC1013G Introduction to Sociology

3

MAT2063G Introduction to Statistics

3

SOC3113 Social Research Methods

3

SOC4014 Experimental Research Methods

4

SOC4043 Classical Sociological Theory

3

SOC4091 Sociology Capstone Seminar: Sociology and Faith

1

Required Departmental Courses

PSY1013G General Psychology

3

PSY2013 Lifespan Developmental Psychology

3

PSY3073 Psychology of Childhood and Adolescence

3

PSY4034 Principles of Counseling

4

PSY/SOC3053 Social Psychology

3

aSOC4013 Sociology of the Family

3

SOC4063 Medical Sociology

3

PSY3003 Play Therapy

3

PSY4003 Death and Dying

3

Sociology electives

6

Required Collaborative Coursework

BIO2001 Medical Terminology

1

BIO4011 Principles of Bioethics

1

ECE2072 Children’s Literature for early Childhood

2

FCS2012G Contemporary Nutrition

2

Total

57 Hours

The student with a Sociology Major/Child Life Specialist track must complete a minor in another discipline outside of the department. Suggested disciplines include art, biology, communication, music, modern language, social work or family life. A second minor in psychology is permitted and encouraged, assuming a first minor is also completed.

Sociology Minor

SOC1013G Introduction to Sociology

3

MAT2063G Introduction to Statistics

3

Sociology electives

12

Total

18 Hours