Studying sociology at MNU is rooted in a faith perspective—a desire to apply knowledge to care for the poor, comfort those in need and seek to improve society. We study the behavioral sciences area through the lens of our Christian faith. Although these areas are sometimes seen as contrasting, we see them as inseparable—a pursuit of truth without both of these perspectives is a limited one. We value educational pursuits within a Christian context.
We cover all aspects of sociology—from Marriage and Family, to Anthropology and Social Theory. Participate in social simulations, practice skills for community advocacy
and go outside the classroom to observe alternative religious practices. As is often the case in sociology, society itself becomes your classroom.
Sociology majors from the graduating class of 2013 achieved a 93 percentile rank on the Educational Testing Service (ETS) Major Field Test. That puts MNU in the top 7% of universities nation-wide who take this exam. Since 2007, MNU Sociology majors have climbed from a median percentile rank of 58 to a median of 81, putting the our program consistently among the top 20% of universities who use this test.
"My favorite sociology class was Social Theory because it allowed us to examine our world through different lenses that attempted to explain our societal behaviors. It gave me 'food for thought' and I found myself thinking about concepts learned in this class during my everyday life."
“One of the best things about teaching at MNU is that students have access to professors. Being able to be a part of student’s lives, and being there when they are making decisions about what to do with their lives is a privilege that I don’t take lightly.”
Bo Cassell, MA, MDiv
Our professors have a passion for education and the MNU community. Sociology is fun! We observe people much in the same way that some comedians do—human behavior is interesting, and fun to observe. Not that we don’t take it seriously; there are powerful implications to sociological content—but it helps that we can enjoy our study along the way.
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Sociology majors often choose careers working with people, or improving community structures. With this major, you could become a(n):
Business Customer Researcher
Humanitarian Relief Director
Elderly Care Coordinator
Nursing & Healthcare Administrator
Government Policy Analyst
Crime Victim Advocate
Social Justice Advocate
Urban & Community Planner
Adoption Service Administrator
Social Science Teacher
Marriage and Family Counselor
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