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Sociology, B.A.

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La Mirada, CA, United States
The Sociology program at Biola University equips you for this task by teaching you to research and critically analyze such varied aspects of social life as family, crime, gender, race, ethnicity, religion and values — and then apply this knowledge to real-life issues in a variety of professional settings.
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Overview

The Sociology program at Biola University offers several key advantages:

  • The program offers an excellent training ground for both the practical and theoretical understanding of society, and places great emphasis on teaching you how to apply what you have learned in the classroom.
  • Small classes give you an opportunity to form deep relationships with your professors and fellow students.
  • Biola’s location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for internships, research and job opportunities.

What Will I Study?

Throughout the sociology program, there will be a focus on the basic understanding of how society, culture and institutions affect our everyday lives, and the importance of seeking social justice as a Christian. 

Whether you choose to minor in sociology or choose one of the two concentrations, some interesting topics and course highlights you will learn about include:

  • How race, gender and class function in U.S. society
  • Causes of juvenile delinquency
  • Critical factors in the enforcing criminal justice in the United States
  • Social worker roles and responses to at-risk populations
  • How to conduct fieldwork and in-depth interviews
  • How researchers collect and analyze demographic data
  • Popular culture and society

Detailed Programme Facts

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Sociology of Gender
  • Qualitative Methods
  • Quantitative Methods
  • Unequal Justice: Race, Class, Gender and Crime

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:

    6

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    70

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit your official application for admission
  • Submit a non-refundable $45 application fee
  • Complete the required essay
  • Submit an official transcript
  • Submit your scores from the SAT or ACT 
  • The student must be an evangelical believer in the Christian faith (the applicant's statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application).

Tuition Fee

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    43512 USD/year
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    43512 USD/year
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    43512 USD/year
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Living costs for La Mirada

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
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