Department of Sociology & Social Work

How do you see the world? What are the factors that shape a person's views, values, beliefs, expectations, and relationships? As we deepen our understanding of ourselves and society, we become empowered with the tools to positively shape the trajectory of social structures and problems in our world.

The Department of Sociology & Social Work aims to nurture students into servant-scholars who critically evaluate social and cultural patterns, and constructively engage as agents of hope. We provide a vibrant learning community for you to expand your understanding of and empathy for human society, and acquire skills that go beyond the classroom and directly reach into the lives of people with a diversity of needs.

PLNU Students Pause to Watch a Sunset from the Cross at PLNU
Todd Vance stands on the lawn of the Greek Amphitheater and talks with professor Jim Johnson
Explore the Complexities of Gender Issues at the Center for Women's Studies
Headshot of Jamie Gates on his way to teach class


Our faculty serve as both teachers and mentors, committed to guiding you toward a full and purposeful education. By helping you explore thought-provoking and influential ideas and engage complex and difficult questions, you'll have access to an environment devoted to the pursuit of truth. An education at PLNU is both transformative and meaningful.

Contact Us

If you would like to learn more about the Department of Sociology & Social Work or any of our majors and minors, please reach out to us!

Patty Richardson
Department Assistant
(619) 849-2287

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