Female student giving a research presentation. Social Psychology is an interdisciplinary field of study within the social sciences. In the broadest sense, it is the study of how people’s behaviors and thoughts influence, and are influenced by, the actions of others. As a field of study, social psychology has typically focused on the study of persons in face-to-face situations and small group settings.

To earn a BA in Sociology with a concentration in Social Psychology, you must complete a minimum of 35 semester hours. A grade of C or better is required in all courses applied toward the major, including transfer courses.

Course Catalog

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

Program Requirements

Complete program requirements and courses are outlined in the UAB Undergraduate Catalog. Required courses include the following:
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.
Application of scientific method to behavior. Areas of psychology including learning, motivation, perception, physiological, comparative, personality, abnormal, social, clinical, child development, and individual differences (Satisfies Core Area IV Requirement). 3 hours.
How societies and groups affect perception of self and others; emotional climate and structure of group interaction; processes and dynamics of group leadership, interaction, and dissolution. 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].
Major theories and research in social psychology. Social perception and attribution, behavior in interpersonal relationships, and group influences on individual behavior. 3 hours.
Prerequisites: PY 101 [Min Grade: C] or PY 201 [Min Grade: C].
Symbolic interaction as major theoretical perspective of sociological social psychology; origins of approach in Mead, Blumer, and Goffman. Significance of concepts such as role-taking, impression management, self, identity and symbolic interaction. 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. 4 hours.

Select one of the following Psychology courses:
Human development from prenatal period to old age. Genetic and environmental determinants of behavior. Language, cognition, personality, social and emotional behavior, intelligence, and physical and sexual development. Applied areas include child rearing, childhood psychoses, and child abuse. This course fulfills the requirements in Ethics and Civil Responsibility (ECR). 4 hours.
Prerequisites: PY 101 [Min Grade: C] or PY 201 [Min Grade: C].
Research-oriented study of different types of maladaptive behavior, including symptoms, development, classification, and treatment. Ethics and Civic Responsibility are significant components of this course. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: PY 101 [Min Grade: C] or PY 201 [Min Grade: C].
Cultural differences with respect to types of behavior viewed as abnormal and how such behaviors are classified and treated. 4 hours.
Prerequisites: PY 101 [Min Grade: C] or PY 201 [Min Grade: C].

Sociology Electives

In addition to the required courses, you will taket 9 credit hours of Sociology electives at the 300-level or higher, and 3 hours at 400-level.

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