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Human Behavior

Sociology Program Mission and Goals

Mission Statement:

The mission of the Behavioral Science and Human Services Department is to foster intelligent and compassionate students capable of critical thinking.

The mission of the KWU Sociology program is to nurture future citizens for their role as international, national, and community leaders who are equipped to promote meaningful social change, to think critically about social issues, and to effectively use scientific data to seek solutions.

Program Goals:

Students who complete the Bachelor of Arts in Sociology will be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of sociological theory, social research methodology, comparative and historical-cultural analysis, effective use of research and data, social activism and community involvement.

Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)

Sociology is an exciting and illuminating field of study that analyzes and explains important matters in our personal lives, our communities, and the world. Sociology’s subject matter is diverse, ranging from crime to religion, from the family to the state, from the divisions of race and social class to the shared beliefs of a common culture, and from social stability to radical change in whole societies. Unifying the study of these diverse subjects of study is sociology’s purpose of understanding how human action and consciousness both shape and are shaped by surrounding cultural and social structures. 

At the personal level, sociology investigates the social causes and consequences of such things as romantic love, racial and gender identity, family conflict, deviant behavior, aging, and religious faith. At the societal level, sociology examines and explains matters like crime and law, poverty and wealth, prejudice and discrimination, schools and education, business firms, urban community, and social movements. At the global level, sociology studies such phenomena as population growth and migration, war and peace, and economic development. Sociologists emphasize the careful gathering and analysis of evidence about social life to develop and enrich our understanding of key social processes.

Major Option

  • Sociology

Minor Option

  • Sociology

Sociology can also be added as a second major or minor to related fields, such as majors in Criminal Justice, Psychology and Psychological Services and the minor in Political Science.

Why study Sociology at KWU? To make a difference for the good of others!

As a Sociology major at Kansas Wesleyan University, you will study the complex dynamics that shape our world by looking at families, the criminal system, race and intercultural relations in the context of KWU’s Christian liberal arts curriculum. As part of your course of studies, you will learn the analytical methods for conducting sociology research in class and in the field. And you will develop a passion for social justice as you come to understand some of the inequalities in our social systems.

What can I do with an Sociology degree from Kansas Wesleyan University?

Many of our students choose to add another major to their Sociology degree or minor in another social science area, such as psychology, criminal justice or political science. Graduates from our Sociology program become life-long learners who pursue graduate studies in fields such as law, social work, public administration and nonprofit management. Others use their skills working in social service agencies, government, businesses and other settings.

Study the social world in these Sociology classes

  • General Sociology 
  • Cultural Anthropology 
  • Crime & Delinquency 
  • Social Inequality

For more information, contact Dr. Andrew Bedrous, assistant professor of Sociology, or call 785-833-4359.


Illuminating Research
Hands-On Learning

Pursuing a degree or a second major or minor in Sociology at KWU makes the field come alive. There are opportunities to conduct research and gain career experience off-campus. Resume-building internships are available at local community-based organizations. Conduct research in an area you’re passionate about. Behavioral Sciences students at KWU get papers published in professional journals, make presentations at academic conferences and help Salina companies and organizations make better decisions. Sociology majors can also aspire to taking part in the Pi Gamma Mu honors society for the Behavioral Sciences.