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.

The general sociology major provides a broad background for students who are not planning a career in sociology but who want an understanding of the nature and development of social structures and social issues-knowledge that can be applied to a variety of occupations and careers. Additionally, it serves as useful pre-professional training for careers such as law, business, education, and government.

Program Requirements & Course Catalog

A complete list of major requirements, courses, and a proposed four-year program of study are available in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog. Rely on it for the most up-to-date information about major requirements.

You must complete 37 hours of sociology courses. This includes several required courses that cover the basics of sociology in theory and in practice, as well sharpening your sociological research skills. You will also choose 24 hours of Sociology elective courses — you can choose from several focus areas to best compliment your career goals.

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