Sociology | AUM


Program Description

Explore some of today’s hottest social issues as an AUM Sociology major. Examine such topics as the causes of social inequality, the social factors that influence human behavior and the diversity of cultural practices. You’ll be trained to think critically, conduct rigorous research, and understand different points of view, skills valued by today’s employers.  A degree in Sociology will equip you for a range of jobs including social work, demography, law, government, community activism, and industrial relations.

​​​​​​​Points of Pride

  • Professor Denise Davis-Maye was chosen to participate in the 2015 Columbia University Institute for Research in African-American Studies’ two-week Summer Teachers and Scholars program.
  • AUM students regularly participate in the annual meetings of the Alabama-Mississippi Sociological Association, frequently taking top honors in the Undergraduate Paper Competition.
  • Students have the opportunity for internships in local social service agencies such as Child Protect, Aid to Inmate Mothers, Comfort Care Hospice, and Common Ground.

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 in this area.

The job outlook for life, physical, and social science occupations is projected to be about average, growing 7 percent from 2014 to 2024. The most recent median annual wage for life, physical, and social science occupations was $61,450 — higher than the median annual wage for all occupations.

U.S Bureau of Labor statistic sample


Median Pay

Job Growth through 2024

Social/community service manager

$62,740 per year

10% (13,200 more jobs)

Market research analyst

$61,290 per year

9% (92.300 more jobs)

Social workers

$45,500 per year

12% (74,800 more jobs)

For More Information

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

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 Name

Course Description

SOCI 3010

Research & Methodologies I w/Lab

Statistical reasoning and techniques used by social scientists to summarize data and test hypotheses. Examines sampling, descriptive and inferential statistics, central tendency and distribution, probability, variance, and regression analyses. Accompanied by SOCI 3011 lab: computational aspects of SOCI 3010 and intro to statistical analysis program.

SOCI 3020

Research & Methodology II

Introduction 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 4000

Social Theory

Sociological theory from the 19th-century to the present, including major theoretical perspectives, such as functionalism, conflict, interactionism and post modernism.

SOCI 4350

Social Psychology

Study 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 4950

Advanced Seminar in Sociology

Focuses on issues of contemporary, theoretical and empirical interest in sociology and anthropology. The topics will vary depending on student interest and faculty involvement.

ANTH 4030

Cultural and Social Change

Research and theories in social and cultural change. Emphasis on the causes and consequences of cultural and social change in traditional, modern and postmodern societies.

GEOG 2050

Geography of World Regions

An analysis of world regional patterns of human and physical geographic characteristics. The course includes an examination of the twelve world regions: Europe, Russia, Central Asia, Middle East, North Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Southeast Asia, Oceania, Latin America, and North America.

GEOG 2150

Human Geography

Analysis of the principles, concepts, and methods used in the study of human geography. Spatially examines contemporary world issues involving the geographies of population, urbanization, culture, development, resources, and political divisions.