Sociology

Bachelor of Arts in Sociology

Humans are inherently social—unable to survive without interacting with each other. Every day you interact with family, friends, authority figures, and strangers. Sociologists study the circumstances around this human behavior and social interaction, with a particular focus on groups, networks, social institutions, and social change.

B.A. in sociology gives students an understanding of these social contexts and helps them develop skills in oral and written communication, critical thinking, and research. Because Auburn’s sociology program faculty specializes in fields such as criminology, sociology of health and mental health, social psychology, and family studies, students have opportunities for internships and hands-on research experience. The program offers courses on the study of organizations, criminal and deviant behavior, social psychological processes, family life, legal institutions, medical systems, intercultural studies, human population dynamics, and international development.

The sociology curriculum features two concentration areas: organizations & inequality and crime & deviance. Both areas stress basic research and analytical skills that prepare students for a wide array of jobs in law enforcement, education, government, social services, business, and research management. With knowledge of human behavior and societal change, sociology graduates can thoughtfully engage and successfully contribute to the world around them.

Learn more about the path towards a degree and career in sociology from the Career Center’s Pathways.

Minor in Sociology

A minor in sociology requires a total of 15 hours (minimum 12 hours at 3000 level or above) of coursework in sociology.

For more information about Sociology

Sociology Program Website


  • Dr. Greg Weaver, undergraduate program coordinator

  • weavegs@auburn.edu
  • 7056 Haley Center
  • (334) 844-5040

Careers in Sociology

  • Social Services
  • Community Organizing
  • Advocacy
  • Community Relations
  • Development/Fund Raising
  • Law Enforcement
  • Corrections
  • Probation and Parole
  • Rehabilitation
  • Victim Services
  • Business
  • Government Service
  • Research
  • Education
  • Adoption Services
  • Military Service

Curriculum Guide for BA in Sociology

A primary goal of the Sociology program is to provide undergraduate and graduate majors a solid foundation within the discipline, particularly in the area of theory, research methods and statistics, and human diversity.

Freshman
FallHoursSpringHours
SOCY 1000 Sociology: Global Perspective13ENGL 1120 English Composition II3
ENGL 1100 English Composition I3Core History to complete sequence3
Core History3Core Fine Arts3
Core Humanities 23Electives/Minor36
COMM 1000 Public Speaking43 
 15 15
Sophomore
FallHoursSpringHours
Core Literature3Core Social Science3
Foreign Language I (College Core)4Foreign Language II (College Core)4
Core Math3Core Science II4
Core Science I4SOCY 3500 Minority Groups13
 LBAR 2010 Liberal Arts Careers Preparation2
 14 16
Junior
FallHoursSpringHours
PSYC 2130 Analytics for Social and Behavioral Sciences4SOCY Concentration33
SOCY Concentration33ANTH 2000 Ethnographic Methods or SOCY 3700 Methods of Social Research3
SOCY Directed Elective33SOCY Directed Elective33
Electives/Minor36Electives/Minor35
 16 14
Senior
FallHoursSpringHours
SOCY Concentration36SOCY Concentration33
Select one of the following:3SOCY Concentration33
SOCY 4400 Contemporary Theory1
 Electives/Minor39
SOCY 4700 Theories of Crime and Criminality1
 UNIV 4AA0 University Graduation0
Electives/Minor36 
 15 15
Total Hours: 120
1

 Students must earn a C or better in the following courses: ANTH 2000SOCY 3500SOCY 3700SOCY 4400, and PSYC 2130.

2

If Literature requirement was completed prior to Fall 2013, Core Humanities must cover SLO 3.

3

Students must meet with their advisers to identify approved courses for electives, SOCY electives, and SOCY concentration. Students are required to complete a minor outside the department as part of electives. They must also complete a concentration.

4

COMM 1000 fulfills SLO 7.

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Last Updated: June 22, 2016