Program Description

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. A sociology degree serves as an excellent springboard for a variety of careers in diverse fields in business, industry, and organizations. Sociologists study social life, social change, diverse communities and their interactions, and they use scientific methods to find empirical answers to complex social questions. Studying sociology can help foster your creativity, innovation, critical thinking, analytic problem solving, and communication skills.

As an AUM Sociology major, you will examine such topics as the causes of social inequality, the social factors that influence human behavior and the diversity of cultural practices. You willbe trained to think critically, conduct rigorous research, and understand different points of view — all skills valued by today’s employers in a variety of fields. The American Sociological Association has identified these employment sectors:

  • Business
  • Community Services
  • Health Services
  • Higher Education
  • Law
  • Publishing
  • Social Services
  • Teaching

As a Sociology major at AUM, 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.

Sociology 4-Year Plan

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, rehabilitation counseling, and 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 statistic sample
JobsMedian Annual PayJob Growth through 2028
Social/Community Service Manager$65,320 per year 13%
Substance Abuse, Behavioral Disorder, Mental Health Counselor$44,630 22%
Market Research Analysts $63,120 18%

For More Information

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

  • Madison Hinton is in the Ph.D. 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.

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 Sociology program includes:

Course #Course NameCourse Description
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 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 4000Social TheorySociological theory from the 19th-century to the present, including major theoretical perspectives, such as functionalism, conflict, interactionism and post modernism.
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 4950Advanced Seminar 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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