Sociology at UAB

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What do you do with a degree in sociology? Almost anything you put your mind to.

Sociology is the scientific study of human behavior. If you want to understand social behavior in the real world, sociology is where you find the answers. Sociology investigates the complexities of human social relationships — from large-scale social processes occurring in the wider society beyond the individual to the dynamics of social interaction within small groups. Regardless of your chosen career path, having a critical understanding of the social world can put you at the forefront of your career field!

Our graduates have gone on to careers in:

  • administration and management (government, private business, and nonprofit organizations),
  • marketing,
  • sales,
  • politics,
  • communications,
  • social services (youth, senior, and poverty),
  • corrections/investigation (local, state, and federal), and
  • public relations.

In addition, a degree in sociology can help prepare you for many professional degree programs when paired with one of the pre-professional programs at UAB. Sociology graduates have gone on to law, business, and medical school.

Study With Us

Our students enjoy small upper division classes, taught by engaging professors who help you develop critical thinking skills that can prepare you for the workplace or graduate or professional school. You can learn about:

  • racial disparities in stress with Dr. Myles Moody,
  • how understandings of death differ across cultures with Dr. Cindy Cain,
  • the intersection of faith/religious communities and HIV/AIDS with Dr. Magdalena Szaflarski,
  • the link between social class and health with Dr. Joseph Wolfe
  • the manner in which gender structures family relationships with Dr. Mieke Beth Thomeer,
  • and other subjects.

We invite you to explore the site to learn who we are. Take a look at our majors and minors. Get to know our faculty. Ask us questions. Once you're done, we hope to see you in the classroom next semester!

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