B.A. in Sociology
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.
- Social Work
The social work concentration is organized as a broad preparation for students who desire to enter the helping professions.
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What will I study as a sociology major?
Throughout the sociology program, there will be a focus on the basic understanding of how society, culture and institutions affect our everyday lives, and the importance of seeking social justice as a Christian. Some interesting topics and course highlights you will learn about include:
- How race, gender and class function in U.S. society
- Causes of juvenile delinquency
- Critical factors in the enforcing criminal justice in the United States
- Social worker roles and responses to at-risk populations
- How to conduct fieldwork and in-depth interviews
- How researchers collect and analyze demographic data
- Popular culture and society
Bible and Theology Coursework
As part of Biola’s commitment to a biblically centered education, most undergraduate students complete 30 credits of biblical and theological studies as a part of their degree program. Learn more about our Bible and theology core.
Career Outlook and Preparation
What can you do with a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology?
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:
- Child welfare liaison
- Housing advocate
- Domestic violence counselor
- Medical social worker
- School counselor
- Rehabilitation officer
- Behavioral or data analyst
- Non-profit work
9% job growth
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, job growth for social workers is projected to be faster than average between 2021 and 2031.
BLS projections are not specific to Biola University students or graduates.
My program at Biola prepared me for my career by instilling in me a completely new understanding of how the world and society is structured and organized. The sociology program provided me with crucial insight into systems, structures, and social identities as well as giving me an understanding for how these either oppress or liberate different communities.
Sociology, B.A. '18
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.
What is the focus of the bachelor's degree in sociology at Biola?
The bachelor's degree in sociology at Biola focuses on the study of human behavior in various social contexts, including family, crime, gender, race, ethnicity, religion, and values. The program emphasizes the application of sociological theory and research methods to real-world issues.
What are the opportunities for graduate programs after completing the B.A. in Sociology at Biola?
After completing the B.A. in Sociology at Biola, students are well-prepared for a variety of graduate programs. The strong skill sets acquired through the program, including critical thinking, research methods, and a deep understanding of human behavior, make our graduates competitive candidates for advanced studies in law, sociology, criminology, social work and related fields.
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Tuition and Financial Aid
Attaining a degree from Biola is more affordable than you might think — dramatically lower than the “sticker price” in most cases — with 100% of incoming undergraduate students receiving some form of financial aid.
Chair, Department of Sociology
- Ph.D., University of California at Santa Barbara
- M.A., University of California at Santa Barbara
- B.A., Colorado State University
La Dawn Johnson
Associate Professor of Sociology
- M.S.W., University of Southern California
- B.S., Biola University