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.
Dr. Jamie Gates' TEDx Talk
Dr. Jamie Gates, PLNU's director of the Center for Justice & Reconciliation, speaks at TEDx on the weapon all of us wield that fuels modern slavery, sex trafficking, and other forms of injustice.
Opportunity for Engagement
Center for Justice & Reconciliation
At PLNU, you can do more than just study the issues. At the Center for Justice & Reconciliation (CJR), you can be a part of affecting our community for good.
Veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) or depression are at an increased risk for homelessness. Todd Vance, PLNU social work student and Iraq War veteran, has come up with his own method of fighting PTSD.
Opportunity for Engagement
Center for Women's Studies
Explore the complexities of gender issues at the Center for Women's Studies.
Jamie Gates, Ph.D
We sat down with Dr. Jamie Gates to learn more about his large-scale research project, “Measuring the Nature and Extent of Gang Involvement in Sex Trafficking in San Diego.”
Department of Sociology & Social Work Programs
An education in sociology and social work cultivates an environment that fosters questioning, growth, and a foundation for the future. Programs in sociology, social work, and criminal justice provide the opportunity to dig deeper into the study of people and society as a whole.
Opportunities for Engagement
Developing into a world citizen doesn't only happen inside the walls of the classroom — it happens by coming face-to-face with new opportunities, people, places, and ideas. From speakers that will stir your social conscience at Brewed Awakening, to U.S.-Mexico border pilgrimages and other events hosted by the Center for Justice & Reconciliation, the Department of Sociology & Social Work offers many opportunities for meaningful engagement.
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.
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!