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What is Sociology?

In every society, there are social norms that guide our behavior. If you're interested how we work, live and play together, consider an undergraduate Sociology degree from UWA. In this program, you will learn to understand the social constructs that help communities thrive. You may choose between a traditional track of study, a criminal justice focused track or a social work specialty. You may also obtain a dual degree in Sociology and Social Work through UWA and the University of Alabama. During this program, you will develop hands-on research skills necessary for completing an independent research project from start to finish and become versed in survey construction, data collection and statistical programming. You will be given the opportunity to present your work at various conferences throughout the Alabama/Mississippi area as well as at the regional or national levels.

You may choose between a traditional track of study, a criminal justice focused track or a social work specialty.


  • Theory
  • Statistics
  • Gender
  • Demography
  • Aging
  • Minority Relations
  • Community Inequalities
  • Sociological Inquiry
  • Research Methods
  • Stratification
  • Marriage and Family
  • Criminology
  • Social Problems
  • Social Work

Extra-Curricular Activities

  • Undergraduate Research Symposium
  • Internships
  • Alabama/Mississippi Sociological Association Meeting
  • Southwestern Social Science Association Meeting
  • Independent Study
  • Student/Professor Research Opportunities

Job Placement and Career Preparation

A degree in sociology is an excellent springboard for entering the world of work, as the sociological perspective is crucial for working in today’s multiethnic and multinational business environment. An undergraduate sociology major provides valuable insights into social factors such as race, ethnicity, gender, age, education, and social class that affect work and how organizations operate. Students who graduate with a bachelor’s degree in Sociology can expect to be employed in community and social service occupations, often times in the nonprofit sector. Other jobs include those in business and industry, education, research, and the criminal justice system. Many students pursue graduate degrees in Sociology or Social Work.

The Sociology major is housed within the College of Liberal Arts. To join the UWA Sociology family, contact Dr. Mark Davis at (205) 652-3570.

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