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As a sociology major you’ll broaden your perspective as you study social causes and effects on human behavior. Explore local issues specific to the Central Valley, including immigration, poverty, race, human trafficking and various people groups. Learn from professors with a global context who have lived and taught around the world. See your studies come to life as you apply what you’ve learned in class directly to your surrounding communities. You will move beyond your personal experiences to an awareness of how people are connected to one another through groups, networks, hierarchies, and beliefs.


  • Opportunities to travel abroad
  • Flexibility 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
  • Opportunities to present research at various national conferences
  • Career preparation through the completion of internships with local organizations
  • Close interactions with professors build strong networking connections

Career opportunities

Through internships relevant to your interest, you’ll be prepared to graduate with work experience suitable for professions such as human services, personnel, social research, law enforcement, government, Christian ministry, non-profit work, 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

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

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, 30-32 Units)

Core Program
SOC 205Introduction to Cultural Anthropology3
CRIM 422Statistics for Sociology and Criminology3
SOC 461Introduction to Social Science Research3
SOC 470Sociocultural Theory3
SOC 476
or SOC 481
or International Internship
or 3
SOC 480Senior Thesis3
Breadth Program

Select any four 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 364World Christianity3
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
SOC 345Contemporary Issues in Immigration3
SOC 346Human Trafficking: Perspectives and Interventions3
SOC 400Social Psychology3
SOC 430Conflict Management and Resolution3
COM 430Group Dynamics and Leadership3
SOC 440Lifecourse Development3
SOC 442Social Gerontology3
SOC 446Sociology of Gender3
Crime And Justice
CRIM 355Victims, Trauma and Recovery3
CRIM 372Diversity and Crime3
CRIM 382Juvenile Delinquency and Justice3
Semester Study Abroad Option
SOC 338People and Cultures of Costa Rica3
 History/Politics of Modern Vietnam3
 Religion/Culture of Vietnam3
 History/Politics of Modern India3
 Religion/Culture of India3
HIST 408History and Politics of Vietnam3

Program director

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Lindsey A. Huang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Program Director, Sociology B.A.