Male and female students in a class. General sociology involves the study of group dynamics and its impact on human populations and individuals. As a social science, the discipline analyzes the patterns of behavior in all types of social relationships. This field has broad scope and relevance. The program is designed to complement UAB’s location in a large metropolitan area with a major medical center. Students must complete 37 hours of sociology courses.

Course Catalog

A complete list of major requirements, courses, and a proposed four-year program of study for sociology majors are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog.

Program Requirements

All program requirements and courses are outlined in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog

All Sociology majors must take:
Human social life, its forms and consequences for everyday life. Social inequality and differentiation by race, ethnicity, class and gender. Assessment of the competency is through performance on course examinations, quizzes, and written assignments. 3 hours. 
Focus on the critical understanding the sociological imagination through social research. This class will advance an understanding of the development, production, and interpretation of social research, including statistical analysis. The goal of the course is to provide students with the tools they need to become better consumers of social science research. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: SOC 100 [Min Grade: D].
Social thought from earliest classic thinkers to current sociological theories; interrelationship between sociological theory and research; how theories are constructed; application of theory to contemporary problems through various writing assignments. 3 hours.
Capstone includes application of the basic tools of inquiry in sociological research; basic ethical issues in research; forming the research question; hypothesis testing; measurement, sampling, validity and reliability; data gathering techniques; research design; data management; disciplinary standards for writing the research proposal and reporting findings. For students in their last 30 hours. 3 hours.

Sociology Electives

Students must complete 24 hours of Sociology elective courses — 3 hours at any level (100-level or higher), 9 hours at 200-level or higher, 9 hours at the 300-level or higher, and 3 hours at the 400-level.

Students must also take general electives to reach the 120 semester hour university requirement. 

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