1 August 2007
JSU Sociology Program Registers
Most Sociology Majors in State
The JSU Sociology Program finished the Spring 2007 semester with the most
undergraduate Sociology majors in the state of Alabama with 122. The program has more than doubled in size since the spring of 2001
when it had 49 majors. Auburn was second with 94 undergraduate majors in the Spring of 2007.
The following is an excerpt from the JSU Office of Institutional Research and Assessment's
2006-2007 Fact Book highlighting the Sociology
Department of Social Work
THE BACCALAUREATE SOCIAL
WORK (BSW) PROGRAM
SOCIAL WORK JOBS
- Was launched in 1988 and received
initial accreditation by the national
Council on Social Work Education in
1992, with retroactivity to 1988. Accreditation
was reaffirmed in 1996. Accreditation
was reaffirmed again in June
2004 which will be in effect until 2012.
- Currently has 916 BSW graduates
as of September 2006.
- Has 213 students enrolled (the largest
program in Alabama).
- Has 26 paid student internships for
Field Instruction each year.
- Has 10 faculty members (with much
practice experience) that teach.
- Is part of the Department of Sociology
and Social Work.
- Has classes and offices on the third
floor of Brewer Hall.
- A BSW degree is required to be licensed as a social
It is expected, as a result of current surveys, that the
job market for social workers will be picking up considerably
through 2008. Employment for social workers
is expected to increase faster than the average
for all occupations through 2010.
The elderly population
is increasing rapidly, creating greater demand for
health and social services. Social workers will also be
needed to help the large baby-boom generation deal
with depression and mental health concerns stemming
from mid-life difficulties.
Continuing concern about
crime, juvenile delinquency, and services for the mentally
ill, the mentally retarded, the physically disabled,
and AIDS patients will spur demand for social workers. Other areas with employment growth for social workers
will include hospitals, nursing homes, assisted-living
facilities, home healthcare services, private social
services, substance abuse rehabilitation, schools, public
health, child welfare, and private practice.
Department of Sociology
THE BACCALAUREATE DEGREE (B.A./B.S.)
Sociology at JSU has a long and prosperous history.
The first course in Sociology was in the 1930-1931
school year in the Department of History and Other Social
Studies. The Department of Sociology was formed
in the 1948-1949 school year.
In 1950, Dr. Theron Montgomery was the first Ph.D.
in Sociology hired by the university. From the early
1950s, interest in Sociology grew with an increased
interest in civil rights and political unrest in Alabama
and throughout the United States. The first major was
introduced in the 1971-1972 school year.
more than 170 students in the program. All of the faculty
members have doctoral degrees and are nationally
recognized. Current research of faculty include:
emotion management, gender roles, religion, marital
patterns, collective behavior, ethnocentrism, quality
assurance of the criminal justice system, racial/ethnic
identity, grieving, African music, and theory construction.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH A DEGREE
A B.A./B.S. in Sociology is excellent preparation for
future graduate work in Sociology in order to become a
professor, researcher, or applied Sociologist.
- The undergraduate degree provides a strong liberal
arts preparation for entry level positions throughout the
business, social service, and government worlds.
- Sociology offers valuable preparation for careers in
journalism, politics, public relations, business, or public
administration--fields that involve investigative skills
and working with diverse groups.
- Many students choose Sociology because they see
it as a broad liberal arts base for professions such as
law, education, medicine, social work, and counseling.
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