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

  • Boston University
  • California State University, Northridge
  • Cornell University
  • George Mason University
  • Golden Gate University Law School
  • The London School of Economics and Political Science
  • University of Barcelona
  • University of California, Davis
  • University of California, Los Angeles
  • University of Denver
  • University of Southern California
  • Vanderbilt University



  • American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
  • American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU)
  • Boys & Girls Club
  • Catholic Charities USA
  • Girls Incorporated
  • Human Rights Campaign
  • Lutheran Social Services
  • SAGE Publications
  • Symantec
  • University of San Diego

Career Paths

  • Counseling
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Human Resources
  • K-12 Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing
  • Non-profit Management
  • Public Health
  • Research
  • Social Work
of Cal Lutheran students are either enrolled in graduate programs or are employed within nine months of graduation.

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