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As a society we are constantly changing and evolving. These change cause ripple effects not only in our personal lives, but in our communities and the world. The sociology program at Fresno Pacific University provides you with an increased understanding of our sociocultural world and allows you to study social causes and effects on human behavior. You will move beyond your personal experiences to an awareness of how people are connected to one another through groups, networks and hierarchies, as well as beliefs and practices. Sociology majors learn to analyze the influences of groups on human behavior. Our program provides you with the tools and skills for a wide variety of careers.


  • Opportunities to integrate travel abroad
  • Flexible major which allows for a double major or inclusion of a minor in another area of study
  • Purposefully informed by a global perspective and Christian/Anabaptist worldview
  • Stories of peoples and cultures are foundational to the program
  • Career preparation through completion of internships, both local and abroad

Career opportunities

Upon completion of the major, you will possess a broad base for professions such as human services, personnel, social research, law enforcement, government, Christian ministry, missions and community development. You will also be prepared for graduate studies if you plan to become a college professor, researcher or applied sociologist.

Course listing

General Education Prerequisites (6 Units)

SOC-120Introduction to Sociology3

Select one of the following courses:

PS-120American Politics and Society3
PSY-120General Psychology3
GEOG-220Cultural Geography3

Required Courses (10 Courses, 30-33 Units)

Core Program
SOC-205Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
SOC-461Introduction to Social Science 
or CRIM-422Criminology Statistics3
or SOC-481International Internship3
SOC-480Senior Thesis3
Breadth Program

Select any five courses from the lists below. Students are encouraged to take additional courses depending upon their needs or interests.

Society And Culture
SOC-301Anthropology for Christian Witness3
SOC-332Modern Africa: History, Politics and Culture3
SOC-334Modern Asia: History, Politics and Culture3
SOC-336Modern Middle East: History, Politics and Culture3
SOC-364Christianity in the Non-Western World3
SOC-410American Ethnicity and Pluralism3
COM-400Intercultural Communication3
Social Institutions
SOC-350Marriage and Family3
SOC-360Sociology of Religion3
SOC-370Media and Society3
SOC-375Organizational Behavior3
SOC-450Social Problems and Public Policy3
Social Groups And Processes
COM-430Group Dynamics/Leadership3
SOC-400Social Psychology3
SOC-430Conflict Management and Resolution3
SOC-440Lifecourse Development3
SOC-442Social Gerontology3
SOC-446Sociology of Gender3
Crime And Justice
CRIM-372Diversity and Crime3
CRIM-375Victims, Trauma and Recovery4
SOC-372Juvenile Delinquency and Justice3
Semester Study Abroad
SOC-338Peoples/Cultures of Costa Rica3
 History/Politics of Modern Vietnam3
 Religion/Culture of Vietnam3
 History/Politics of Modern India3
 Religion/Culture of India3