Chair Daniel Johnson, Sybil Coleman, Margaret DeWeese-Boyd, Ivy George.
Social Work Major
MISSION: The mission of the Gordon College social work program is the education of men and women for entry-level, generalist practice in social work within the context of a Christian liberal arts institution. The program maintains a commitment to the value and dignity of every person and the mandate to address social and structural inequality. Graduates are prepared to work in a variety of settings to help bring about peace, justice and social transformation.
The social work program is fully accredited at the baccalaureate level by the Council on Social Work Education, qualifying graduates to apply for licensure at the Bachelor of Social Work level in all states with licensure laws. Graduates may apply for advanced standing in master’s programs, potentially enabling them to complete what would otherwise be a two-year master’s degree in social work in one year.
MISSION: The sociology major is designed to offer an understanding of the characteristics, processes and components of human social life and impart the skills necessary for critical analysis of the same. This understanding is based on a solid grasp of social theory and research methods and is integrated with the assumptions and principles of the Christian faith. Moreover, since an understanding of social life is significantly deepened by direct exposure to and engagement in a variety of social contexts, the department facilitates opportunities for learning in urban, national, international and organizational settings. Students who complete the major will possess an excellent educational foundation from which to pursue a wide range of professional, educational, ministerial, governmental and organizational careers.
Honors in Sociology
Students who research and write an honors thesis will be eligible to graduate with honors in sociology. Approved candidates will complete 6 credits of independent research in the senior year (SOC 471 - Research I , SOC 472 - Research II ). For honors the thesis must be of high quality and must be defended orally before department faculty toward the end of spring term. The minimum GPA for honors candidates is 3.5 within the major and 3.0 overall. See department faculty for details.
Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies
Majors who anticipate engaging in peacemaking work in professional or nonprofessional settings, or who are considering graduate study in the field, are encouraged to pursue an interdisciplinary minor in peace and conflict studies. For more information see the Interdisciplinary/Off-Campus Programs section of the catalog.
Minor in Sustainable Development
Majors who are interested in working or pursuing graduate study in the field of development are encouraged to undertake an interdisciplinary minor in sustainable development. For more information see the Interdisciplinary/Off-Campus Programs section of the catalog.
CoursesPeace and Conflict StudiesSociologySocial WorkSustainable Development