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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Marriage and Family

Are you looking for your life’s calling? If you love to connect with people and feel your mission could be working with them to help facilitate and build their most important relationships, this concentration in the Sociology program could be a good fit.

In general, a sociology degree helps a person understand how people from different social backgrounds, ethnicities, nationalities, and cultures live and work cooperatively and effectively. The Marriage and Family concentration at AUM, however, gets more granular, focusing on the diversity of personal relationships that people have with one another.

Since many of the senior-level jobs in this field require an advanced degree, the Marriage and Family concentration is designed to prepare you for graduate studies and/or provide an educational foundation for a variety of human service professions, including:

  • Child and family advocacy
  • Case management
  • Community outreach
  • Crisis intervention
  • Parenting education
  • Health education
  • Public policy
  • Social work
  • Public health
  • Social justice

In this program, you’ll be trained to think critically, conduct rigorous research, and understand different points of view—skills valued by today’s employers. You will receive individualized attention to mold your education in line with your interests and passions. We offer a variety of courses and experiential learning opportunities that promote community engagement and help you market your skills for a career or graduate school. Students are also encouraged to perform an internship or volunteer for a local nonprofit organization.

The Sociology major also offers concentrations in Anthropology, general Sociology, and pre-Social Work.

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What you will know with this degree

We Encourage You To Think

The courses in this program help you become a critical thinker, with skills such as collecting and evaluating information, drawing conclusions and evaluating those conclusions.

We Prepare You To Be Well-Rounded

Surveys with employers tell us that writing, researching, presenting, and critical reading are important career skills for serious job candidates. You’ll start developing those and other skills as you launch a lifetime of learning.

We Give You A Positive Framework For Advancement

This program will help you prepare for graduate studies—should you choose to pursue them—to advance in your career and have the best shot at advancement or leadership roles.

We Prepare You For The Job Market

Through case studies using real world examples, hands-on assignments, internship opportunities, and professional networking opportunities, you’ll be ready to jump into the job market.

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  • Classes are small, so faculty will know you well and work closely with you.
  • Our department’s students regularly participate in annual meetings of the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association, the Southeastern Archaeological Conference, and other conferences of regional professional organizations.
  • Students in this program have the opportunity to perform research and present it to professional organizations.
  • The department’s professors regularly publish highly regarded research reflecting the expertise in their fields, including sociology of families, religion, and education, as well as urban sociology, archaeology, and social work

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  • For more information about the Marriage and Family concentration, please contact the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work at (334) 244-3378 or [email protected].

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Through classwork and internships, our graduates are well prepared to read, write, analyze, argue, prove, and respond. These skills are vital in many career paths.

Check out our Career Discovery Board on this page to begin exploring your options. Contact us by phone or email so we can get you the answers you need.

With a sociology degree, you will be ready to undertake a variety of career choices. AUM’s Career Development Center helps you jumpstart your job search and use your network to expand your career options.

Degree Options

Is a Degree in Sociology with a Marriage and Family concentration right for me?

With this bachelor’s degree as your educational foundation, you have many career possibilities.

Career/Job TitleEntry-level EducationJob Growth 2020-2030Annual Median Salary
Social WorkerBachelor’s degree12% (Faster than average)$50,390
Social and Community Service ManagerBachelor’s degree15% (Faster than average)$74,000

Note: Salaries vary depending on several factors including your level of experience, education, training, demographics, and industry. Here is a sampling of the future job growth and salaries according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences

At AUM’s College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, you will have powerful learning experiences, working side by side with professors who have real-world experience.

Our academic departments include Communication and Theatre, Criminal Justice, Economics, English and Philosophy, Fine Arts,  History and World Cultures, Political Science and Public Administration, Sociology, Anthropology and Social Work, and Army ROTC. To help you pay for college, you might qualify for one of our scholarships.

Official Name of the Marriage and Family concentration

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology with a concentration in Marriage and Family


This degree requires students to meet on campus. Students in these courses enroll in a program to connect in a campus setting and to collaborate using a variety of technological and educational tools. Professors play an inspirational role in building relationships among teams and individuals in this setting. The criteria for many programs can only be met with In-Class coursework. Be sure to check with your advisor to understand the best route to take.

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Courses Include

To complete this degree concentration, you will need to complete courses in the university core, fine arts, and electives. Contact us for a current listing of courses required to complete this program. 

The course listings below are only a few of the classes this concentration offers. For a full review of this program in detail, please see our official online catalog AND consult with an academic advisor.

Course #Course NameCourse Description
SOCI 4300Sociology of FamilyAnalysis of family systems throughout the world, with emphasis on structural features, internal dynamics and current trends in the United States.
SOCI 2020Intimate RelationshipsAn 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 2250Human SexualityStudy 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 4450Child WelfareExamines 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.
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