The Sociology major introduces the student to classic and contemporary literature in the study of social interaction and provides a basis for a wide range of career options. Quantitative and qualitative research methods are used for analysis and provide foundation for graduate and professional training in sociology, social work, organizational management, and allied fields. Opportunities are given to practice critical thinking, oral and written communication skills, and applied experiences. Internships in the metropolitan Chicago area are strongly encouraged. An additional focus of the department is the development of biblical advocacy in the promotion of social justice and equity.

Requirements for a major in Sociology are at least 40 hours including:

Sociology Foundation24
Introduction to Sociology
Sociological Theory
Social Research
Thesis Research I
Thesis Research II
Senior Capstone
Required Core Electives
Select two of the following for at least 8 credits:8
Racial and Ethnic Relations
Gender & Society
Social Class & Inequality
A minimum of 8 credits, which must include at least one course in Anthropology and 4-6 hours of additional Sociology class(es) numbered 200 or above or CORE 348.
Anthropology Elective (must have 1 class; 2 or 4 credits)
Sociology of Sexuality
Social Problems
Social Psychology
Culture, Media, and Society
Sociology of Economic Life
Violence in Minority Communities
Violence Against Women
Social & Political Movements
The Family
American Suburbanization
Urban Sociology
Sociology Of Religion
Crime & Delinquency
Asians in America
Sociology of Education
Social Change in Latin America
Social Network Analysis: Theory and Methods
Internship in Sociology (if 8 credits, 1/2 counts toward major)
AIS: Wheaton College as an Institution 1
Social Work Emphasis
4 credits required courses, 4-8 credit internship, don't need to take required core electives
Introduction to Social Welfare
Human Services Practice
Social Work Internship
Total Credits40

College policy states that students shall not be allowed to take more than one AIS course.

In addition to these electives, the Sociology program occasionally offers experimental courses, which are listed in the course schedule.

All Sociology courses taken at the 200, 300, and 400 level that do not fulfill the Foundations and Core Electives requirements will count towards meeting the 8 required hours of Electives.