Bachelor of Arts in Sociology
Humans are inherently social—unable to survive without interacting with each other. Every day you interact with family, friends, authority figures, and strangers. Sociologists study the circumstances around this human behavior and social interaction, with a particular focus on groups, networks, social institutions, and social change.
A B.A. in sociology gives students an understanding of these social contexts and helps them develop skills in oral and written communication, critical thinking, and research. Because Auburn’s sociology program faculty specializes in fields such as criminology, sociology of health and mental health, social psychology, and family studies, students have opportunities for internships and hands-on research experience. The program offers courses on the study of organizations, criminal and deviant behavior, social psychological processes, family life, legal institutions, medical systems, intercultural studies, human population dynamics, and international development.
The sociology curriculum features two concentration areas: organizations & inequality and crime & deviance. Both areas stress basic research and analytical skills that prepare students for a wide array of jobs in law enforcement, education, government, social services, business, and research management. With knowledge of human behavior and societal change, sociology graduates can thoughtfully engage and successfully contribute to the world around them.
Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in sociology from the Career Center’s Pathways.
Minor in Sociology
A minor in sociology requires a total of 15 hours (minimum 12 hours at 3000 level or above) of coursework in sociology.
For more information about Sociology
Dr. Greg Weaver, undergraduate program coordinator
- 7056 Haley Center
- (334) 844-5040
- 7030 Haley Center
- (334) 844-5049
Careers in Sociology
- Social Services
- Community Organizing
- Community Relations
- Development/Fund Raising
- Law Enforcement
- Probation and Parole
- Victim Services
- Government Service
- Adoption Services
- Military Service
Curriculum Guide for BA in Sociology
|SOCY 1000 Sociology: Global Perspective1||3||ENGL 1120 English Composition II||3|
|ENGL 1100 English Composition I||3||Core History to complete sequence||3|
|Core History||3||Core Fine Arts||3|
|Core Humanities 2||3||Electives3||6|
|COMM 1000 Public Speaking4||3|
|Core Literature||3||Core Social Science||3|
|Foreign Language I (College Core)||4||Foreign Language II (College Core)||4|
|Core Math||3||Core Science II||4|
|Core Science I||4||SOCY 3500 Minority Groups1||3|
|LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation||2|
|PSYC 2130 Analytics for Social and Behavioral Sciences||3||SOCY Concentration3||3|
|SOCY Concentration3||3||ANTH 2000 Ethnographic Methods or SOCY 3700 Methods of Social Research||3|
|SOCY Directed Elective3||3||SOCY Directed Elective3||3|
|SOCY Concentration3||6||SOCY Concentration3||3|
|Select one of the following:||3||SOCY Concentration3||3|
SOCY 4400 Contemporary Theory1
SOCY 4700 Theories of Crime and Criminality1
|UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation||0|
|Total Hours: 120|
If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.
Students must meet with their advisers to identify approved courses for SOCY Directed Electives (6 hrs) and the SOCY Major Concentration (18 hrs).
COMM 1000 fulfills SLO 7.
Last Updated: June 22, 2016