2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog 
    Feb 26, 2021  
2020-2021 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Department of Sociology, Social Work, and Family Sciences

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Mission Statement

As followers of Christ, our mission is to nurture servant scholars who critically and empirically evaluate social systems, cultural patterns, and basic human needs to constructively engage as agents of hope with individuals, families, and communities.


  • To provide students with understanding of social environments and patterns of human behavior.
  • To help students understand themselves and others in the context of local, national and global societies through the comparison of societies and cultures.
  • To prepare students to work with many populations and issues in a variety of settings in the United States and elsewhere in the world.
  • To provide students with the tools for study and analysis of the structure and functioning of social groups, social institutions, and societies.
  • To provide students with an understanding of the multiple factors that influence the development and quality of life of individuals, families, and communities throughout the lifespan.
  • To provide students with the ability to identify appropriate resources to use in application for problem solving.
  • To provide students with the ability to analyze research data or original published works and use critical thinking skills for evaluating products, research, or theories.
  • To provide students with the ability to examine the value of societal diversity and ethical treatment of others as a result of their Christian faith.
  • To provide professional education for employment in the criminal justice systems and generalist social work practice, dietetics, nutrition, food, child development, adolescent development, and the foundation for post-graduate study.

Tradition of Excellence

  • A major in Child and Adolescent Development prepares the graduate with an optimal interactive environment to study and learn about the ways children grow and form relationships on a physical, emotional, social, and intellectual scale. Combining real-world coursework with professional preparedness enables the graduate to confidently step into a graduate program or a career serving children and families.
  • A major in Dietetics prepares the graduate in understanding science, engaging in a healthy lifestyle, and interacting with people. Graduates will learn how to evaluate patients’ nutritional and health needs, and hone the ability to prevent and treat many types of conditions and diseases. Guidance and resources will be given to successfully pursue becoming a registered dietitian.
  • A major in Nutrition and Food prepares the graduate to serve people and gain in-depth knowledge to promote healthy lifestyle choices. The graduate will understand with global awareness how decisions around food directly affect health and well-being and be trained to master skills in food source analysis, food evaluation, food selection, and the relationship of food to nutrition and health.
  • A concentration in Food Service Management builds upon the core Nutrition and Food curriculum and prepares the graduate in learning what it takes to manage a restaurant, oversee food service operations, comply with health codes, and interact with customers.
  • A concentration in Nutrition and Health builds upon the core Nutrition and Food curriculum and prepares the graduate by studying the social impact of the food we eat, including how it affects our economy, psychology, and culture.
  • A major in Sociology is foundational for the understanding of human society and social behavior. The graduate in Sociology is equipped for many ministry, corporate, and human service positions, in addition to being prepared for post-graduate study in Sociology, which can lead to positions in higher education, research, business, government, and law.
  • A concentration in Criminal Justice builds upon the core Sociology curriculum and prepares the graduate for positions in all components of the criminal justice system, including law enforcement, courts, and corrections. The graduate is prepared for postgraduate study in Criminal Justice, Sociology, law, and other fields.
  • A major in Social Work prepares the graduate for entry into professional social work in a generalist practice. The Social Work graduate is prepared for post-graduate work in the profession.
  • A minor in Child Development as a complement to other disciplines.
  • A minor in Criminal Justice as a complement to other disciplines.
  • A minor in Nutrition as a complement to other disciplines.
  • A minor in Sociology as a complement to other disciplines.

Career Opportunities

The Department of Sociology, Social Work and Family Sciences prepares students to be effective leaders in the work force.

Students are prepared for careers in business, industry, public and private agencies, schools, institutions that provide goods, services, education, and information to individuals, families, and communities.

A number of students were hired while still in internships, and many graduates have secured professional employment during or shortly after completion of their undergraduate study. Popular careers students enter include research design, public relations, human services, probation and criminal justice, social work, social welfare, counseling, health care administration, teachers, school administrators, social service agents, family/adult educators, dietitians, community service agents, nutrition educators, and healthcare specialists and many other rewarding fields.

Many graduates continue their education at the post-graduate level in Sociology, Social Work, Child Life, Child Development, Family Studies, Public Health, Nutrition Education, Dietetics, Psychology, Education, and law. Students have entered schools such as the University of California-Berkeley, University of Chicago, University of Colorado, Duke University, University of Southern California, San Diego State University, Loma Linda University, and the California Western School of Law.


Kellye Carroll, A.B.D.
Grand Canyon University

Susan DeCristofaro Rogers, M.A., Co-Chair
Point Loma Nazarene University
Academic Director-Early Childhood Learning Center

James Gates, Ph.D.
University of Florida

Brittany Johnson, Ph.D., R.D.N.
Concordia University, Chicago

Patricia Leslie, Ph.D., Director of Social Work
Loma Linda University

Kevin Modesto, Ph.D., Co-Chair
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Cindy Swann, M.S., R.D.
San Diego State University
Director of Dietetics

Jimiliz Valiente-Neighbours, Ph.D.
University of California, Santa Cruz



    Point Loma Nazarene University offers four baccalaureate degrees: the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), the Bachelor of Music (B.Mus.), the Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and the Bachelor of Science in Nursing (B.S.N.). Many of the 50+ major programs also offer in-depth concentrations.

    If a second major area of study is desired, all requirements for both majors must be met with a minimum of 24 units distinguishing the two areas of study. While working on a single baccalaureate degree, the maximum number of pursuits is two majors and two minors.

    Students should review the majors and minors list in the catalog.


     Optional minors are offered in several schools and departments. The requirements governing minors are as follows:

    • Only minors that appear in the student’s catalog of record may be earned at the point of graduation;
    • A minor is at least 16 units and is under the direct auspices of the respective school/department;
    • Students must earn a 2.000 cumulative GPA in the minor for it to be granted;
    • The minor must show a minimum of nine (9) units in residence;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, nine (9) must be distinct from and not counted in the major;
    • Of the 16+ units in the minor, 12 must be at the upper-division level;
    • The pass/no credit option is not available for courses within the minor; and
    • A second minor, when feasible, requires a minimum of nine (9) units distinct from and not counted either in the major or in the first minor.


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