Deborah J. Holt, Interim Chair
Associate Professor (2012)
Laurie S. Lawson
Assistant Professor (2012)
BSW Program Director
Mary T. Johnston-Nicholas
Assistant Professor (1996)
BSW Field Placement Director
James W. Wooten
Recognizing the universality of truth, the department believes its programs are valuable vehicles for discovering truth. The faculty endeavors to aid students’ exploration of self, the social environment, and the interaction between individual and community through examination of culture, social organization, and human personality. Realization of these goals is attained through a broad liberal arts curriculum, innovative classroom instruction, departmental research projects, and “real world” experiences obtained in internship placements. A global perspective is infused throughout the department’s programs of study. The department assumes and nurtures the dignity of all individuals; is committed to the principles of equality, justice, and freedom; and seeks to stimulate a vital interaction among faith, learning, and lifestyle.
Departmental programs of study are designed to refine the student’s communication and analytic skills by providing learning experiences grounded in theoretical analysis, research, and human relations. A student is equipped with marketable skills for a variety of occupations in human relations, as well as for graduate study in Sociology, Social Work, Law, Business, Ministry and other professions.
Two major programs are offered to undergraduate students: Sociology and Social Work. The Social Work program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.
The Department of Sociology and Social Work sponsors, in cooperation with the Department of History and Political Science, Pi Gamma Mu, a national honor society established for the purpose of promoting scholarship in the social sciences.
Students pursuing sociology as a major or minor field of study are invited to join the Sociology Club. The Association of Student Social Workers, an organization which seeks to stimulate scholarship and professional identity, is open to Social Work majors. Phi Alpha Honor Society fosters high standards of education for social workers and invites into membership social work students, faculty, and practitioners.
By invitation of the Honors Council; see Honors Program section of Undergraduate Catalog.