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.
Anthropology is the study of human beings and seeks to understand humankind from millions of years ago to the present day. Anthropology examines the human condition in scientific and interpretive ways, providing students with the tools to understand cultural diversity and solve pressing problems associated with cross-cultural communication. The Anthropology program at Auburn University takes a four-field approach to the study of the human condition, offering courses in archaeology, physical anthropology, cultural anthropology, and linguistic anthropology.
Social Work is a practical and academic discipline dedicated to social welfare through scholarship, professional activities, and advocacy. The practice of Social Work requires the understanding of human development and behavior and how social, economic, and cultural institutions interact with these factors. The Social Work program at Auburn University offers a major leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Social Work, which is fully accredited by the Council on Social Work Education.