BA in Sociology

  • Sociology is the study of human social behavior. A basic social science devoted to the empirical (observed) analysis of social, cultural and historical contexts of human interactions, sociological inquiry emphasizes how social forces influence individual experiences. A primary goal of the Sociology program is to provide undergraduate and graduate majors a solid foundation within the discipline, particularly in the area of theory, research methods and statistics, and human diversity.

    Undergraduate degrees offered:

    • Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Sociology
  • Undergraduate Program Coordinator, Dr. Greg Weaver, email: weavegs@auburn.edu

    Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work
    7030 Haley Center
    Phone: 334-884-5049
    Fax: 334-844-2851

  • Careers in Sociology

    Many occupations today require a college educated individual who can write and speak well, solve problems, learn new information quickly and work well with others on a team. This means that college graduates use their education in a wide variety of fields, and your future career may relate more to your personal career interests, work values and transferable skills than any specific academic major. However, the following list contains a representative sample of current job titles of former Sociology majors. Use this as an idea list, and remember that it represents some, but certainly not all, of the careers you might consider.

    Students obtaining employment immediately upon graduation are usually those with the best college records and a willingness to relocate to find a job. Some of these jobs also require education beyond a bachelor’s degree.

    Career Titles for Sociology Majors

    • Administrative Assistant
    • Admissions Counselor
    • Adoption Agent
    • Advertising Manager
    • Aging Specialist
    • Alcohol and Drug Case Worker
    • Budget Analyst
    • Career Services Counselor
    • Case Aid Worker
    • Child Welfare Officer
    • Civil Engineer
    • City Planner
    • Clergy
    • Community Relations Director
    • Community Service Agency Worker
    • Compensation/Benefits Worker
    • Congressional Aid
    • Consumer Advocate
    • Consumer Survey Advisor
    • Convention Organizer
    • Cooperative Extension Agent
    • Correctional Case Worker
    • Corrections Officer
    • Cottage Parent
    • Criminologist
    • Data Analyst
    • Day Care Worker
    • Delinquency Counselor
    • Demographic Analyst
    • Dietitian
    • Editor
    • Family Guidance Clinic Worker
    • Family Preservation Case Worker
    • Family Services Specialist
    • Foster Care Worker
    • Fund-raiser/Development Officer
    • Gerontologist
    • Government Worker
    • Group Therapist
    • Health Care Worker
    • Hospital Administrator
    • Human Resources Administrator
    • Human Services Worker
    • Independent Living Trainer
    • Insurance Agent/Broker
    • Job Analyst
    • Labor Relations Representative
    • Marketing Research Analyst
    • Marriage and Family Therapist
    • Medical Social Worker
    • Mental Health Agent
    • Motivational Speaker
    • News Correspondent
    • Nutritionist
    • Parole Officer
    • Peace Corps/VISTA Worker
    • Penologist
    • Personnel Interviewer
    • Personnel Specialist
    • Political Systems Researcher
    • Population Specialist
    • Probation Officer
    • Professor
    • Program Director
    • Public Administrator
    • Public Health Educator
    • Public Health Statistician
    • Public Opinion Surveyor
    • Public Relations Specialist
    • Public Service Worker
    • Recreation Director
    • Recreation Therapist
    • Rehabilitation Counselor
    • Reporter
    • Research Assistant
    • Retail Salesperson
    • Researcher
    • Resident Assistant
    • Sales Representative
    • School Counselor
    • Secret Service Agent
    • Shipping Operations Manager
    • Social Movements Organizer
    • Social Scientist
    • Social Welfare Examiner
    • Social Worker
    • Systems and Programming Specialist
    • Teacher
    • Technical Writer
    • Teller
    • Therapy Aid
    • Trainer
    • Unit Secretaru
    • Urban Planner
    • Veterans Affairs Specialist
    • Welfare Counselor
    • Writer/Author
 

Curriculum in Sociology

A primary goal of the Sociology program is to provide undergraduate and graduate majors a solid foundation within the discipline, particularly in the area of theory, research methods and statistics, and human diversity.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
SOCY 1000 Sociology: Global Perspective13ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3Core History to complete sequence3
Core History3Core Fine Arts3
Core Humanities 23Electives/Minor36
COMM 1000 Public Speaking43 
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature3Core Social Science3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Core Math3Core Science II4
Core Science I4SOCY 3500 Minority Groups13
 14 14
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
STAT 2010 Statistics for Social and Behavior Sciences14SOCY Concentration33
SOCY Concentration33ANTH 2000 Ethnographic Methods or 3700 Methods of Social Research3
SOCY Directed Elective33SOCY Directed Elective33
Electives/Minor36Electives/Minor37
 16 16
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
SOCY Concentration36SOCY Concentration33
Select one of the following:3SOCY 4800 Senior Seminar13
SOCY 3400 Social Thought1
 Electives/Minor39
SOCY 4400 Contemporary Theory1
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
SOCY 4700 Theories of Crime and Criminality1
  
Electives/Minor36 
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
1

Students must earn a C or better in the following courses: ANTH 2000, SOCY 1000, SOCY 3500, SOCY 3700, SOCY 3400, SOCY 4400, SOCY 4800, and STAT 2010.

2

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

3

Students must meet with their advisers to identify approved courses for electives, SOCY electives, and SOCY concentration. Students are required to complete a minor outside the department as part of electives. They must also complete a concentration.

4

COMM 1000 fulfills SLO 7.

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Last Updated: July 02, 2014