• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
California, MD, United States
By taking the Sociology program at California Lutheran University you will receive rigorous theoretical and methodological training, gaining meaningful insights for understanding all levels of society—from the intimate micro-interactions of everyday life to the macro-dynamics of globalization.
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Produce sociological knowledge

There are two required research method courses. Your professors will provide one-on-one mentorship while you conduct research on topics of your choice. You can then expand your projects into research papers and go on to present at local, regional, and national conferences.

Experience that matters—and makes a difference

Travel seminars and local field trips expose you to cultural diversity and transnational communities. This broadens your analytical perspectives and develops cross-cultural skills. In the Applied Sociology course, you will apply your knowledge and skills to solve social issues that are relevant to your internship with a non-profit organization or government agency.

A broad range of elective courses

Explore specific interests through elective courses covering topics such as:

  • Gender
  • Race and Ethnic Relations
  • Deviance in U.S. Society
  • Religion and Culture
  • Sexuality
  • Popular Culture
  • Immigration
  • Medical Sociology
  • Families and Intimate Relationships

Your Future

Graduates of the Sociology program at California Lutheran University are able to effectively evaluate social issues and understand social change. They employ the critical perspective and research skills they learned as sociology majors and feel empowered to make positive contributions in an increasingly diverse and global society.

Our alumni are well prepared for graduate study and professional work in sociology, social work, law, public health, non-profit management, teaching, and other fields that require the ability to think ethically and critically about a wide range of key issues.

Career paths:

  • Counseling
  • Higher Education Administration
  • Human Resources
  • K-12 Teacher
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing
  • Non-profit Management
  • Public Health
  • Research
  • Social Work

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Sociology
  • Contemporary Global Issues
  • Sexuality and Society
  • American Indian Studies
  • Gender Studies
  • Popular Culture
  • Travel Course:Japanese Society/Culture

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL®PBT is administered in a paper format and measures your ability to use and understand English in a classroom setting at the college or university level. It accurately measures how well you can listen, read and write in English while performing academic tasks.

General Requirements

  • Complete Your Application & Essay
  • Request Recommendation
  • Submit Application Fee
  • Transcripts
  • English Proficiency
  • Optional Interview

Tuition Fee

  • International

    45500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 45500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    45500 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 45500 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for California

  • 1570 - 2660 USD/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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