2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog 
    Dec 08, 2022  
2012-13 Undergraduate Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Department of Sociology and Social Work

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  • To provide students with understanding of social environments and patterns of human behavior. This knowledge is a foundation for many disciplines in addition to sociology, e.g., criminal justice, education, psychology, social work, ministry, business and international affairs.
  • 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 professional education for employment in the criminal justice systems and generalist social work practice, and the foundation for post-graduate study.

Tradition of Excellence

  • 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 Sociology as a complement to other disciplines.
  • A minor in Criminal Justice as a complement to other disciplines.

Career Opportunities

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

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, and many other rewarding fields. Graduates are employed in a variety of occupations: as social workers at a hospital and with the County of San Diego, as counselors with the Salvation Army and with Big Brothers & Sisters, as corrections officer with the State of California and with Federal Pre-Trial Services, as director of a senior citizen center, as a layout designer for San Diego Gas and Electric Company, as teachers at all levels, and as local, state, and federal law enforcement officers.

Many graduates continue their education at the post-graduate level in Sociology, Social Work, 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, and the California Western School of Law.


Mary E. Conklin, Ph.D.
Johns Hopkins University

Patti L. Dikes, J.D.
Arizona State University

James F. Gates, Ph.D.
University of Florida

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

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

Jonathan R. Trinidad, Ph.D.
University of Buffalo, The State University of New York



     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.


      SociologySocial Work

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