Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Sociology is the scientific study of how society organizes itself.  Sociologists study society by using the sociological perspective, also known as the sociological imagination, which allows them to understand how social forces shape individual experiences and choices. Students of Brandman University’s B.A. Sociology program learn the major sociological theories and methods of inquiry that have derived from a sociological perspective.  They also apply these theories and methods in order to gain a greater understanding of societal phenomena, such as social inequality and stratification, social institutions and organizations, as well as globalization.   In addition, Brandman’s BA Sociology students research and write about a sociological topic of their choice in a culminating capstone experience.   With a major in Sociology, students are prepared for careers such as social and community service professions, academia, education, management, marketing, criminology, international relations, law, and social justice.

All courses taken in the major program must be passed with a letter grade of "C" or higher.

Courses may be used to fulfill both major and general education requirements.

Program Mission Statement

The mission of the B.A. Sociology degree program is to position students to succeed in professions that require the application of sociological theory and inquiry to analyze societal phenomena, including social inequality, institutions and organizations, and globalization.  

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Social Inequality, Diversity and Stratification: Critically analyze United States and global social stratification and diversity, as well as the societal inequalities that result. 
  • Social Theory: Apply major sociological theories to societal phenomena.
  • Social Scientific Writing: Practice appropriate methods of scientific writing in APA format. 
  • Social Research Methodology: Apply both quantitative and qualitative methods of sociological inquiry to societal phenomena.
  • Organizations and Institutions: Evaluate the structure of major social institutions and organizations using a sociological perspective.
Sociology Core Requirements
SOCU 101Introduction to Sociology3
PSYU 301Scientific Writing in Behavioral Social Sciences3
SOCU 301Social Research Design3
COMU 315Intercultural Communication3
SSCU 317Quantitative Methods and Social Statistics3
SOCU 350Human Diversity3
SOCU 401Sociology of Social Conflict, Analysis, and Resolution3
SOCU 415Sociology of Organizations and Institutions3
SOCU 436Globalization and Social Change3
SOCU 448Social Inequality/Stratification3
SOCU 484Social Theory3
SSCU 494Social Science Capstone3
Sociology Core Subtotal36
Sociology Electives (9 Upper Division Credits)
Take courses from communications (COMU), criminal justice (CJCU), environmental sciences (ESCU), history (HISU), legal studies (LEST), marketing (MKTU), organizational leadership, (OLCU), political science (POSU), integrated social sciences (SSCU), social work (SOWK) or sociology (SOCU). Students may also select LBSU 492, Experiential Learning for 3 of the elective credits if they are interested in engaging in service learning, an internship or another type of experiential learning.
Sociology Electives Subtotal9
Total Credits45