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Sociology analyzes patterns of behavior in all types of social relationships. Our program involves the study of group dynamics and their impact on human populations and individuals. The BA in Sociology is designed to make use of UAB’s location in a large metropolitan area with a major medical center.

This program 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. It also serves as useful pre-professional training for careers in law, business, education, and government.

Concentration in Social Psychology

Students majoring in sociology can also choose an interdisciplinary concentration in social psychology. In the broadest sense, it is the study of how people’s behaviors and thoughts influence — and are influenced by — the actions of others. It typically focuses on the study of persons in face-to-face situations and small group settings.

This concentration helps prepare students for careers in service-oriented fields such as health professions, education, business, and government, and graduate work in social psychology.

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 opens a new website. Rely on it for the most up-to-date information about major requirements.

  • BA in Sociology Requirements: You will take four required courses that cover the basics of sociology in theory and in practice, and sharpen your sociological research skills. You will also choose 24 hours of sociology elective courses — you can choose from several focus areas to best complement your career goals.
  • BA in Sociology with a Concentration in Social Psychology Requirements: You will take seven required courses in sociology and psychology, including courses that sharpen your research skills in those areas. You will also take 9 credit hours of sociology electives and choose a psychology course.

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Chris F. Biga

Teaching Associate Professor; Director of Undergraduate Studies
Faculty Profile
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(205) 934-8408