Greetings from the Covenant College Sociology Department!
This website is the digital extension of the Sociology Department here at Covenant College, located on Lookout Mountain, Georgia. Though small, our department has big dreams, seeking to rigorously educate our students and prepare them for the world ahead, while at the same time orienting them to a Christ-centered worldview that can integrate their faith and their learning.
Where is Covenant?
Why Study Sociology at a Christian College?
Drs. Muller, Vos, & Chiareli
Most students tend to think that sociology has something to do with counseling or social work. They are correct, but it is about much more than that. You might call sociology the science of everyday life. Sociology professors try to help students begin to see how the groups they are part of (large groups like the United States, and small groups like your family) shape their behavior and their thinking. To that end we study a number of frameworks for understanding how society shapes us, even while we shape society. A Christian approach to sociology has much to say about walking through and engaging our culture, while remaining keenly aware of its traps and distorting influences. For example, we frequently find ourselves controlled and frustrated by large systems, which seem to be empty of human contact. We talk more and more to machines than to people (just think of calling a large bank or insurance company). While this can be frustrating and demeaning, this emphasis on efficiency seeps into our thinking and, despite our best intentions, we often end up treating others as a means to an end (we treat cashiers as machines, expect instant efficient service, etc.). A Christian approach to sociology, then, is very exciting because it shows you interesting ways in which you can resist society's control as you work out your calling before God.