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SOCIOLOGY is the ‘science of society’— the scientific study of human society and its development, organizations, institutions, and group relations.
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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. You will:

  • Participate in social simulations
  • Practice skills for community advocacy
  • Go outside the classroom to observe alternative religious practices.

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, placing 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 our program consistently among the top 20% of universities who use this test.
  • Students have the opportunity to attend the Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers (ANSR) conference, an academic sociology conference held annually on the MNU campus. Students get the opportunity to network with sociology of religion researchers and professors from all over the country. Past guest speakers include:
Potential Careers

Sociology majors often choose careers working with people, or improving community structures.

  • Non-Profit Caseworker
  • Correctional Officer
  • Social Worker
  • Social Justice Advocate
  • Urban & Community Planner
  • Personnel Manager
  • Adoption Service Administrator
Sample Schedule
Career Earnings

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career average
Non-Profit Caseworker
Correctional Officer
Social Worker
Social Justice Advocate
Urban Community Planner

Related Majors

Digital Communication Minor
Communication Minor
Liberal Arts / General Business
Speech/ Theatre Education
Physical Education
Music Education
Middle-Level Mathematics Education
Mathematics Education
History/ Government and Social Studies Education

Wired Wednesday

Developed specifically for Traditional Undergraduate Students, MNU launched a new schedule in 2020. Semester-long courses are now held on Monday/Thursday or Tuesday/Friday for 75 minutes each.

Business Administration continues to be a highly sought out degree by students and employers alike. It provides an excellent and thorough foundation in skills necessary for success in today’s business world. These degrees will also prepare students for graduate study in management, law or other business specialties.
Yorton Clark
Dean, School of Professional and Graduate Studies Chair, Professional and Graduate Studies in Business Professor
I am grateful for the opportunity to have students in multiple courses and get to know them on a more personal level. As a professor, I get the most satisfaction when I can see the growth in a student's life over their four years of study.

success stories

As an MNU student, you’ll encounter not only academic growth and career preparation but you’ll also transform through spiritual growth and time spent in service and mission. We think that’s a
recipe for success in today’s global world.