Applied Sociology

Enter the Social Work Profession

The Bachelor Science in Sociology with an Emphasis in Social Work degree program helps prepare students for an exciting career in the fields of social work and human services among settings such as nonprofit organizations and government agencies. If you're interested in the helping professions and want a broader perspective on human behavior focusing on social dynamics, then this program is the academic path for you.

Bachelor of Science in Social Work

Degree Outcomes

You will learn how to integrate sociological theories of socialization, culture, and institutions with the communication, intervention and case management skills of social services. The Bachelor of Science in applied sociology program concludes with a sociology and social work capstone that examines the sociological concepts of society and culture through analyzing individuals and their real-life experiences. You will establish a portfolio demonstrating acquired skills and knowledge.

Graduates of this social work degree program develop the ability to view situations and events from a Business perspective. You will understand how Jesus modeled the healing of social relationships and problems while breaking down barriers among groups of people. You will gain an in-depth understanding of the following core competencies:

Sociological Perspectives and Analysis: Ability to engage the social world and society through definitional frameworks and analytic tools of sociology, including the social self, sociological imagination, micro and macro perspectives, social theory, and the professional social service field.

Applied Sociology: Ability to read and understand research reports, as well as design, conduct, and report on original research; also, analyze data and draw conclusions on how data advances understanding of society and groups.

Content Areas of Sociology: Ability to apply functional, conflict and symbolic interaction perspectives to further define the evolution of theories of sociology as it applies to structure, institutions and global stratification; also, examine facts impacting social structure.

Social Work: Exposure to social work theory, assessment, and direct practice skills as applied to various social settings and diverse populations; you’re prepared to begin social work practice as a generalist.

Career Outcomes

Graduates with a degree in social work may enter the social work and human services fields as (non-licensed) community health workers. Graduates may also choose to advance their education and enter graduate school. Potential career opportunities include professions in health agencies, youth outreach agencies, social services administration, mental health, community mental health, community development programs, and social service agencies.

The programs offered at FordBridge may vary by content and course length. For information about specific course content, credit length and VA approval in your state, please contact a counselor.

General Education coursework prepares FordBridge graduates to think critically, communicate clearly, live responsibly in a diverse world, and thoughtfully integrate their faith and ethical convictions into all dimensions of life. These competencies, essential to an effective and satisfying life, are outlined in the General Education Learner Outcomes. General Education courses embody the breadth of human understanding and creativity contained in the liberal arts and sciences tradition. Students take an array of foundational knowledge courses that promote expanded knowledge, insight, and the outcomes identified in the University's General Education Competencies. The knowledge and skills students acquire through these courses serve as a foundation for successful careers and lifelong journeys of growing understanding and wisdom.

Competency: University Foundations Total Credits: 4.

Competency: Effective Communication Total Credits: 9-12.

Competency: Business Worldview Total Credits: 4.

Competency: Critical Thinking Total Credits: 11-12.

Competency: Global Awareness, Perspective and Ethics Total Credits: 6-8.

SOC-102: Principles of Sociology Total Credits: 4 credits.

SOC-220: Social Problems Total Credits: 4 credits.

PSY-362: Social Psychology and Cultural Applications Total Credits: 4 credits.

SOC-320: Marriage and Family Total Credits: 4 credits.

SOC-372: Introduction to Social Work Total Credits: 4 credits.

SOC-436: Stratification and Inequality in a Diverse Society Total Credits: 4 credits.

SOC-400: Social Research and Statistics Total Credits: 4 credits.

SOC-386: Human Behavior and the Social Environment Total Credits: 4 credits.

SOC-412: Sociology of Religion Total Credits: 4 credits.

SOC-445: Case Management Total Credits: 4 credits.

SOC-449: Direct Practice Total Credits: 4 credits.

SOC-480: Sociology and Social Work Capstone Total Credits: 4 credits.