The sociocultural studies minor will help you build skills and knowledge that will help you develop an understanding of social and cultural lives. It’s an ideal minor for students who plan to work in multicultural settings or help communities move through change.
Why should I study sociocultural studies?A minor in sociocultural studies trains students to understand situations and settings within their larger social, cultural, historical, and political context. This minor provides an excellent foundation for any career or activity that requires knowledge of social situations, social problems, people, organizations, human communities, societies, and the global community.
What can I do with this degree?
Students have gone on to graduate school in:
- Theological studies
- Human resources
- International development
- Criminal justice
- Organizational leadership
- Social studies
Graduates also work in:
The non-profit sector
- Social program support
- Program support
- Program management
- Refugee work
- Residence life
- University research
- Systems analyst
- Legal assistant
- Marketing manager
- Medical assistant
- Office manager
- Project manager
- Services consultant
What skills will I develop?
- Quantitative and qualitative research
- Social skills to work with diverse groups
- Critical thinking regarding your own culture and other cultures
- Collaboration with others in the workplace, especially diverse groups
- The ability to “connect the dots” between occurrences in the larger society and a specific situation
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
- Study abroad
- Present papers at professional conferences under the supervision of a faculty member
- Complete internships
- Participate in social activities with professors to get to know them outside the classroom
- Join student clubs on campus, especially those that focus on diversity issues
0 full time and adjunct professors
125-150 students in our majors
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Bethel's Christ-centered values coupled with academic excellence must not be overlooked. My professors were personal with students while spiritually and intellectually challenging. My degree has wide applications and is uniquely equipping me in long-lasting ways for my M.Div. training.Jessica Garske '12
Grad school: Talbot School of Theology (Biola University)
The faculty taught me to think critically, interrogate social phenomenon, and apply my learning for improving communities. I was prepared professionally and academically from the immense academic, intellectual, and personal support from faculty, with whom I developed lasting friendships.Ryan Steel '12
Current job: Research Associate
My professors at Bethel were not only influential during my time as a student, but they remain voices of inspiration, encouragement, and guidance fiver years later. Their friendship has been one of the greatest gifts of my education at Bethel.Maren Telsey '09
Grad school: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
My experience was great preparation for living abroad after graduation. I learned the value of cultural exchange and the importance of examining my own privilege as I interact with people of different backgrounds.Benjamin Umhoefer '13
Current job: 2nd grade teacher, Escuela Bilingue Amigos de Jesus