There is no shortage of Christian colleges and universities throughout the United States that offer bachelor's degree programs in sociology. These schools range in their denomination, tuition rates, sizes and other resources. Explore a small sampling of some of the Christian schools that offer a major in sociology.
Several different states are home to 4-year, private Christian colleges that offer sociology majors. Examine some of these schools' tuition rates and denominations in the table below.
|School Name||Institution Type||Denomination||Location||Tuition (2017-2018)*|
|Covenant College||4-year, private not-for-profit||The Presbyterian Church in America||Lookout Mountain, GA||$33,170|
|Grace College and Theological Seminary||4-year, private not-for-profit||Brethren Church||Winona Lake, IN||$23,170|
|Dallas Baptist University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Baptist||Dallas, TX||$27,480|
|MidAmerica Nazarene University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Church of the Nazarene||Olathe, KS||$29,670|
|Spring Arbor University||4-year, private not-for-profit||Free Methodist||Spring Arbor, MI||$27,750|
Source: *National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)
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Description of Christian Colleges with Sociology Majors
Students wishing to pursue a major in sociology at a Christian school may need to consider the unique characteristics of the program, such as what concentrations are offered, as well as the spiritual growth opportunities on campus while making their decision. Here we discuss a few of these schools' distinguishing characteristics.
Located in Georgia, Covenant College had a little over 1,000 undergraduate students in 2016, according to the NCES. The college a minor and major in sociology, as well as a major in sociology with a concentration in family studies and social work. Students with a sociology major take a Senior Integration Seminar in Sociology course and can choose from a wide range of electives that cover topics in various institutions, like religion or sport, and social concerns and interactions, like social diversity and inequality or relational counseling. Three times per week, the campus gathers together for chapel services, and students can further develop their faith in spiritual organizations, including Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) and Reformed University Fellowship.
Grace College and Theological Seminary
Grace College and Theological Seminary offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science in Sociology degree programs, each with a Biblical perspective on the subject. Students in the program learn from experienced faculty with different areas of expertise, many of whom are still engaged in research in the field. The NCES reported that this Indiana school had about 1,900 undergraduates in 2016. Students on campus can demonstrate their faith through SERVE, which is a student-led ministry program, and connect through chapel services and the chapel's online audio and video archives.
Dallas Baptist University
According to the NCES, Dallas Baptist University in Texas had a little over 3,220 undergraduates in 2016. Students interested in growing in and practicing their faith can participate in spiritual organizations like Baptist Student Ministries (BSM), men's or women's ministries, Our Calling homeless ministry and Ministry Fellowship, and/or attend spiritual events, such as Spring Revival and OneNIGHT monthly worship events. Students majoring in sociology further develop their research, verbal communication and writing skills. This bachelor's degree program includes a variety of service learning projects and internship opportunities.
MidAmerica Nazarene University
MidAmerica Nazarene University offers a major in sociology that includes topics in anthropology, marriage and family and social theory. Students in the major have the opportunity to attend the Association of Nazarene Sociologists and Researchers (ANSR) conference, participate in social simulations and observe alternative religious practices as a part of the program. Spiritual life on campus is made up of various chapel services, such as Gathering Chapel and Growing Chapel, mission trips, small groups and Going Ministries (local service opportunities). MidAmerica Nazarene University is located in Kansas and had a little over 1,300 undergraduate students in 2016, per the NCES.
Spring Arbor University
According to the NCES, Spring Arbor University in Michigan had about 2,200 undergraduates in 2016. The university provides students with a traditional sociology major and a clinical sociology major for those interested in social change, as well as concentrations in international change and development, social justice or community development. Students in the program are encouraged to participate in a semester-long program for advanced study in Costa Rica, Washington D.C., Jackson, MS, or Chicago, IL. Students can attend chapel services and/or participate in Fellowship Groups, such as Love Builds small groups or Professor-Led Bible Studies, and Outreach Ministries, like Spring Break Missions Trips or Students for Life (pro-life group).