Sociology

Offered as a major (B.A.) and a minor

Build a better world.

Sociologists seek to understand how individuals interact with and are shaped by institutions, organizations, and cultures. They investigate the underlying forces to show us the ways in which many of our personal troubles are rooted in larger social problems.

The Curriculum

Gain perspective on a personal and global scale

You will receive rigorous theoretical and methodological training, gaining meaningful insights for understanding all levels of society—from the intimate micro-interactions of everyday life to the macro-dynamics of globalization.

Produce sociological knowledge

There are two required research method courses. Your professors will provide one-on-one mentorship while you conduct research on topics of your choice. You can then expand your projects into research papers and go on to present at local, regional, and national conferences.

Experience that matters—and makes a difference

Travel seminars and local field trips expose you to cultural diversity and transnational communities. This broadens your analytical perspectives and develops cross-cultural skills. In the Applied Sociology course, you will apply your knowledge and skills to solve social issues that are relevant to your internship with a non-profit organization or government agency.

A broad range of elective courses

Explore specific interests through elective courses covering topics such as:

  • Gender
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Deviance in U.S. Society
  • Religion and Culture
  • Sexuality
  • Popular Culture
  • Families and Intimate Relationships
  • Immigration
  • Medical Sociology

The Professors


Your Future

Graduates are able to effectively evaluate social issues and understand social change. They employ the critical perspective and research skills they learned as sociology majors and feel empowered to make positive contributions in an increasingly diverse and global society.

Our alumni are well prepared for graduate study and professional work in sociology, social work, law, public health, non-profit management, teaching, and other fields that require the ability to think ethically and critically about a wide range of key issues.

Graduate Schools

  • Duke University
  • Oslo College
  • University of Nevada, Las Vegas
  • George Mason University
  • University of Denver
  • University of Barcelona
  • Boise State University
  • University of Denver

Employers

  • Aimee Anderson Autism Center
  • Barrio Logan College Institute
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Child Protective Services
  • University of San Diego
  • World Teach
  • Adolescent Counseling Services
  • Center for Infant-Parent Development

Career Paths

  • Behavioral Therapist
  • College Success Coordinator
  • Employment Specialist
  • Child Protection Officer
  • Clinic Administrator
  • Counselor
  • Interventionist
  • Child Care Worker
97%
of Cal Lutheran students are either enrolled in graduate programs or are employed within nine months of graduation.

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