Marriage and Family | AUM

Marriage and Family

Program Description

The dynamics of family — by blood or union, and in all cultures — give much insight into the world as we know it. Students in the Marriage and Family concentration within the Sociology major are prepared to pursue careers in a variety of human service professions.

Put Your Degree to Work

Note: While salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education and training, and geography and industry, here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries in this area.

Community and social service occupations include social workers, counselors, and religious workers. Employment of community and social service occupations is projected to grow 10 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 257,700 jobs. Most new jobs in this occupational group will be in the healthcare and social assistance industry. The median annual wage for community and social service occupations was $41,290 in May 2014, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $35,540.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample


Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Mental Health Counselors and Marriage and Family Therapists

$42,250 per year

19% (31,400 more jobs)

School and Career Counselors

$53,370 per year

8% (22,500 more jobs)

Social and Community Service Managers

$62,740 per year

10% (13,200 more jobs)

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Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work
Auburn University at Montgomery
Liberal Arts 331

Program Overview

The course listings below are a representation of what this academic program requires. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor. This listing does not include the core curriculum courses required for all majors and may not include some program-specific information, such as admissions, retention and termination standards.

Course sampling specific to the Marriage and Family concentration includes:

Course #

Course Name

Course Description

SOCI 3250

Health and Illness

Sociocultural definitions and responses to illness; organization of health and medical institutions; social epidemiology of disease; changing doctor-patient relationships; inequality and the distribution of health care; and emphasis on sociocultural and environmental factors influencing health and illness.

SOCI 4360

Sociology of Religion

Sociological perspective of religion, including the effect of religion on behavior and attitudes and the reciprocal relationship of religion with other societal institutions. Examines major aspects of religion in the United States.

SOCI 4300

Sociology of Family

Analysis of family systems throughout the world, with emphasis on structural features, internal dynamics and current trends in the United States.

SOCI 2020

Intimate Lifestyles

An analysis of personal relationships in both traditional marriage and alternate forms. Examines adjustments required in the establishment and maintenance of family-type structures today.

SOCI 2250

Human Sexuality

Study of the sociological and anatomical aspects of human sexuality. examines sexual responsibility, sexual values, sexual practices and techniques, contraceptives, sexually transmitted diseases, deviant sexual practices, sexual dysfunctions and laws pertaining to sexual conduct.

SOCI 4450

Child Welfare

Examines behavioral and non-behavioral forms of norm violations from theoretical, methodological and evidentiary sources. Substance abuse, mental and physical illness, sexual deviations, suicide, violence and societal reactions to forms of deviance are examined.