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Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Why should you major in sociology? Here are a few possible reasons:

  • You want to make the world a better place. Not only do sociology majors analyze what works within society, but they also seek to understand what doesn’t work. They identify and try to solve social issues confronting society such as crime, poverty, or inequality.
  • You’re interested in human behavior. Sociology is a social science that analyzes human interactions, so students in this major study individuals, groups, communities, organizations, cultures and societies.
  • You’re a passionate communicator. Sociology majors are trained to ask important questions, conduct research and communicate complex ideas and data in understandable ways.
  • You want a solid educational springboard for a career in health or community services, higher education, law, government, or business—or any job field that requires creativity, innovation, critical thinking, and analytic problem solving.

Today, career advancement in an increasingly diverse global society requires the ability to work cooperatively and effectively with people from different cultures, ethnicities, nationalities, and social backgrounds. As an undergraduate in AUM’s Sociology program, 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.

Since Montgomery is known for its Civil Rights history and is home to many social justice groups such as the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Equal Justice Initiative, we provide students with the perfect backdrop to study social inequality, peace and justice, and ways to bring about social change. The Sociology major offers concentrations in Anthropology, Marriage and Family, and pre-Social Work.

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The Know How

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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Points of Pride

  • 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, as well as 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, ethnicity, and education, as well as urban sociology, archaeology, and social work.

Soaring Warhawks

  • Madison Hinton is in the PhD program in sociology at Mississippi State University.
  • Nicole Garrett is the Family Preservation and Reunification Services Director at KVC Behavioral Healthcare in Lexington, KY.
  • Jalana Johnson is a mental health counselor at the Alabama Clinical Schools.

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Rewarding Occupations and Job Growth

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 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 and Community Service ManagerBachelor’s degree15% (Faster than average)$74,000
Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, Mental Health CounselorBachelor’s degree23% (Much faster than average)$47,660
Social WorkerBachelor’s degree (master’s degree for clinical social worker)12% (Faster than average)$50,390

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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Quick Facts

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 Sociology Degree

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology


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.


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 3000Social TheorySociological theory from the 19th-century to the present, including major theoretical perspectives, such as functionalism, conflict, interactionism and post modernism.
SOCI 3020Research & Methodology IIIntroduction to sociological research including the principles of survey, experimental and field research designs. The collection, analysis and reporting of data through an actual field experience include data-collection techniques, sampling, analysis and ethics.
SOCI 4100Minority GroupsIntergroup relations in the United States with emphasis on the processes of assimilation, amalgamation, and pluralism. Problems related to prejudice, discrimination, identity formation, and prevailing power arrangements analyzed.
SOCI 4350Social PsychologyStudy of the nature and causes of individual behavior in social situations, including orientation to theory and research methods with emphasis on research studies and practical application of principles.
SOCI 4950Senior Capstone in SociologyFocuses on issues of contemporary, theoretical and empirical interest in sociology and anthropology. The topics will vary depending on student interest and faculty involvement.
SOCI 4300Sociology of the FamilyAnalysis of family systems throughout the world, with emphasis on structural features, internal dynamics, and current trends in the United States.
SOCI 4500Sociology of EducationThis course explores research and theory as it relates to the education of individuals, communities, and nations, emphasizing US education. Major areas of inquiry include sociology of education’s insights on adolescent peer groups, families, social inequality, and public policy debates.
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