Why Study Sociology at Taylor?
Our students get an amazing amount of individual attention along with unique, practical experiences setting our program apart from other colleges and universities. With planned trips to correctional facilities, homeless shelters, and refugee centers as well as international opportunities in Rwanda, Uganda, Korea, Japan, and India, you will have the opportunity to broaden your perspective under the guidance of encouraging faculty.
What type of student would be ideal for the Sociology Department?
The ideal student for the sociology major is passionate and has a heart for social and biblical justice. They are intellectually curious—wanting explanations of complex social issues. Sociology students should be proficient at gathering and analyzing information, thinking abstractly, asking challenging questions, writing well, and making oral presentations to help others develop insight and make decisions.
Sociology is a rapidly expanding field embracing a sense of history, an appreciation of human diversity, and recognizes the interconnectedness of social life. The major looks beyond people’s individual motivations or psychological foundations, and provides a framework for the understanding of how social hierarchy and social location (i.e., gender and race) influences thinking, behavior, and opportunities.
What professional growth opportunities are there outside the classroom?
You will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of sociology research projects with topics ranging from how scripture influences social and personal behavior to immigration experiences of refugees. You also have opportunities to engage and serve through campus events like Social Justice Week, conferences, and organizations including:
- Damien Center
- Islamic Cultural Center
- Jireh Sports
- Pendleton Correctional Facility
- Rebuilding the Wall
- Shepherd Community Center
Bunker Hill, Indiana
- Miami Correctional Facility
- Breakthrough Urban Ministries
- Christian Student Missions
- Emmaus Ministries
- International Teams
- Jesus People USA
- La Salle Street Church
- Lawndale Christian Community Center
- South Sudan Voices of Hope
- African Leadership and Reconciliation Ministries (ALARM), Kigali, Rwanda
- World Gospel Mission, Uganda
What travel programs are available through your department?
Sociology students have numerous travel opportunities. We offer summer trips to Rwanda and Uganda as well as J-term trips to Korea and Japan. The department is also developing a new cultural experience in India.
In Rwanda and Uganda, students work with several local churches helping develop and nurture emerging Christian leaders. Student’s partner with several schools to develop spiritual and educational programs, and work with children at an AIDS hospital and orphanage. Students also visit important historical and cultural sites as well as several Rwandan genocide sites.
In Korea and Japan, students explore the culture and society while learning to grasp the basic sociological concepts of culture and society including pop culture, economics, religion, family, politics/government, and education. They also study various cultural dynamics and orientations, and recognize the complexities of national and international issues and situations.
We encourage Sociology students to participate in off-campus semester program in Los Angeles through Azusa Pacific University.