College of Arts & Sciences
SOCIOLOGY is the ‘science of society’— the scientific study of human society and its development, organizations, institutions, and group relations.
about the program
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.
YOU WILL LEARN
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.
YOU SHOULD KNOW
- 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:
- Christian Smith, Notre Dame
- Nancy Ammerman, Boston University
- Michael O. Emerson, co-author of Divided by Faith
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
Freshman Year - First Semester
|BLIT||1103||Discovering the Old Testament||3|
Freshman Year - Second Semester
|SOCI||2003||Marriage & Family||3|
|ENGL||1503||Comp 1: Writing & Rhetoric||3|
|BLIT||1203||Discovering the New Testament||3|
|HLEX||Physical Activity Course||2|
|FNAR||Exploring Activity Course||3|
Sophomore Year - First Semester
|ENGL||1203||Comp II: Writing & Research||3|
|GNSC||Physical Science Course||3|
Sophomore Year - Second Semester
|SOCI||2303||Understanding Multicultural Behavior||3|
|GNSC||Biology Science Course||3|
|HIST||History or World Civilization||3|
|Literature/ Fine Arts Course||3|
Junior Year - First Semester
|SOCI||2103||Cultural & Social Anthropology||3|
|Upper Division Elective||3|
Junior Year - Second Semester
|SOCI||3903||Sociology of Religion||3|
|SOCI||3503||Behavioral Sciences Statistics||3|
|Upper Division Elective||3|
Senior Year - First Semester
|SOCI||4303||Research Method 1||3|
|Upper Divison Elective||3|
Senior Year - Second Semester
|SOCI||4503||Casework & Intervention||3|
Social Justice Advocate
Urban Community Planner
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.
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.
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.