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Sociology Degree Program
(Mountain View and Salem, MO Campuses)

As a sociology major at SBU, you will focus on understanding social institutions, group life, and the influence of environmental factors upon the individual and society. These skills will equip you with interpersonal and professional skills while providing a wide variety of career opportunities.

The sociology program is a very applied field of study and can be used as a springboard for graduate school study or for careers in the private, government, nonprofit or education sectors. You also can broaden your education by adding a minor in criminal justice or psychology to your sociology major.

The SBU Mountain View and Salem, Missouri campuses offer a bachelor of science degree in sociology through afternoon and evening classes. This flexibility makes it a great option for you if you're already in the workforce but want to pursue further education or expand your career opportunities.

Want to learn more?

Visit the SBU-Mountain View Campus page or the SBU-Salem Campus page to learn more about the campus, admissions process, cost and financial aid, and more.

Mountain View, MO Campus

Salem, MO Campus

SBU students

The SBU Advantage

  • Be equipped for a lifetime of success by a school that is committed to doing what it takes to help you graduate and succeed.
  • Receive a high-quality, Christian higher education close to home.
  • Further your education while remaining active in the workforce through afternoon and evening classes that work with your schedule.
  • Benefit from small class sizes that provide opportunities for individualized instruction, academic guidance and networking.

Faith Integration

Southwest Baptist University is a Christ-centered university and is committed to the integration of faith and academics in all programs and degrees. Class discussions include open dialogue about how faith impacts the academic discipline. Students are encouraged to consider their own faith and how they will incorporate their faith in their chosen career paths. SBU's goal is to produce academically qualified career professionals who are also servant leaders in today's global society.


A sociology major from Southwest Baptist University will be equipped for a wide variety of potential career paths, including:

  • Activity director for senior services
  • Child care director
  • Counselor
  • Foster care case manager
  • Mental health counselor
  • Missionary
  • Social services worker
  • Youth care specialist

Full-Time Faculty



Clubs and Organizations

Join SBU's chapter of Sociology and Criminal Justice Society (SCJS), an honor society for behavioral sciences students studying sociology and criminal justice. As a sociology student on the Mountain View or Salem campuses, you are potentially eligible for admission to this honor society.

SOCIOLOGY Four-Year Plan


Fall Semester

ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
SOC 1103 Introductory Sociology 3
BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
FAR 10_3 Intro. to Art, Fine Arts, Music or Theatre 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
UNI 1121 Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

BEH 2233 Introduction to Research 3
BEH 2001 Writing for the Behavioral Sciences 1
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science 4
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
SOC 2003 Social Problems 3
SOC 2012 Human Diversity 3
  General Electives 3
Total hours 17


Fall Semester

  Multiculturalism Elective 3
  Social Institutions Elective 3
  Upper Level Sociology Elective 3
SOC 2982 Community Project (Elective) 2
  Electives in minor 3
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

BEH 3243 Elementary Statistics 3
BEH 3001 Career Exploration and Preparation 1
  Social Action Elective 3
  Multiculturalism Elective 3
  Elective in your minor 6
Total hours 16


Fall Semester

BEH 4001 Professional Ethics in the Behavioral Sciences 1
  Electives in your minor 9
  Upper Level General Electives 6
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

SOC 4063 Sociological Theory 3
  Internship (Elective) 3
  Electives in your minor 3
  Upper Level General Electives 6
Total hours 15

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements. Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation. The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

The B.A. degree in Sociology requires: (1) Two semesters of a foreign language (6-8 hours), and (2) Thirty-three hours in Sociology. The B.S. degree in Sociology requires the completion of 33 hours in Sociology (as listed in the B.A. degree section) and completion of one of the following three options: (1) 8-9 hours of upper level psychology, or 8-9 hours of upper level natural science; OR (2) Complete the requirements for a minor within the department; OR (3) Complete the requirements for a second major as listed in the catalog.

Download in PDF format:
Sociology Plan