Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    • General Education: 52
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • Major/Concentration: 30
    • Support/Electives: 18
  • Standard Completion Time

    4 years
  • Accreditation



  • Social Work
  • The social work concentration is organized as a broad preparation for students who desire to enter the helping professions.

  • Criminology
  • The criminology concentration provides students an opportunity to study crime and related issues from a social scientific perspective, infusing themes of social justice and Christian ethics, and recognizing social inequalities present within the criminal justice system.

Throughout Scripture, God’s people are called to confront injustice and seek shalom. Biola's sociology major equips you for this task by teaching you to research and critically analyze such varied aspects of social life as family, crime, gender, race, ethnicity, religion and values — and then apply this knowledge to real-life issues in a variety of professional settings.

Why Choose Sociology at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s sociology program offers several key advantages:

  • The program offers an excellent training ground for both the practical and theoretical understanding of society, and places great emphasis on teaching you how to apply what you have learned in the classroom.
  • Small classes give you an opportunity to form deep relationships with your professors and fellow students.
  • Biola’s location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for internships, research and job opportunities.

What Will I Study?

Throughout the sociology program, there will be a focus on the basic understanding of how culture, social environments and institutions affect our everyday lives, and the importance of seeking social justice as a Christian. Whether you choose to minor in sociology or choose one of the two concentrations, some interesting topics and course highlights you will learn about include:

  • Examination of social worker roles and functions in response to at-risk populations
  • Instruction in evaluation, assessment and counseling through role playing
  • Development of social theory with theorists Marx, Durkheim and Weber
  • How researchers collect and analyze political poll and demographic study data
  • Causes of juvenile delinquency
  • Critical factors in the enforcing criminal justice in the United States
  • The impact of economic and political trends on gender identity
  • The influences of gender on family, government and workplace

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Career Paths

Biola's sociology major provides training in a wide-range of strong skill sets that will prepare you for graduate school and careers in the fields of criminal justice, counseling, politics, research and social work. As a well-rounded professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in professions such as:

  • Scientific research and development services
  • Scientific and technical consultant
  • Criminologist
  • Behavioral or data analyst
  • Rehabilitation officer
  • Child welfare laison
  • Educational researcher
  • Technical writer
  • Church or school counselor
  • City planner
  • Human resource director

Beverly Koloko-Green
Sociology, B.A. '17

I have some of the best professors who have real world experience. I enjoy combining my faith and major together to impact the world for Jesus Christ.”

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