Marriage and Family

Marriage and Family

Program Description

As a concentration in the Sociology bachelors’ degree, the Marriage and Family focus provides insight into the dynamic and evolving world of personal relationships. In addition to preparing students for graduate studies in related fields, this undergraduate program provides a foundation to pursue careers in a variety of human service professions, including:

  • Case management
  • Child and family advocacy
  • Community outreach
  • Crisis intervention
  • Criminology
  • Disaster relief
  • Law enforcement
  • Grief counseling
  • Health education
  • Mental health
  • Public policy
  • Substance abuse treatment/prevention
  • 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.

Points of Pride

  • The AUM Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work 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. Some students have even presented their own research.
  • The department’s professors regularly publish highly regarded research reflecting the expertise in their fields. The specific subjects we specialize in include sociology of families, religion, and education, as well as urban sociology, archaeology, and social work. Our professors bring this expertise into the classroom every day.

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 nationally.

Community and social service occupations include social workers, counselors, and religious workers. Employment of community and social service occupations is projected to grow 11 percent from 2018 to 2028, much faster than the average for all occupations, adding about 306,200 jobs. Most projected new jobs in this occupational group are in counselor and social worker occupations, as their services will continue to be needed in areas such as drug abuse counseling and rehabilitation counseling, and also for school and career counseling. The median annual wage for community and social service occupations was $44,960 in May 2018, which was higher than the median annual wage for all occupations of $38,640.

U.S Bureau of Labor Statistics sample

JobsMedian Annual PayJob Growth through 2028
School and Career Counselors$56,3108%
Social and Community Service Managers$65,32013%

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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 NameCourse Description
SOCI 3250Health and IllnessSociocultural 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 4360Sociology of ReligionSociological 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 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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