Sociology at JSU has a long and prosperous history. The first course in Sociology was taught in the 1930-1931 school year in the "Department of History and Other Social Studies." The actual Department of Sociology was formed in the 1948-1949 school year. Four courses were offered at that time. In 1950, Dr. Theron Montgomery was the first Ph.D. in Sociology hired by the university. Dr. Montgomery later became Dean, Vice President, and President of 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. The department continued to grow, expanding its offerings.
The purpose of the JSU sociology program is to provide a quality education. The JSU sociology program faculty is dedicated to giving students the tools to understand, explain and predict the relationship between systems and individuals, hone their critical thinking, written and oral communication skills and build dispositions necessary for ethical, social and intellectual development. In so doing, we provide students with necessary tools that will enable them to make sense of the changing and conflictual social world we live in. This allows them to contribute to solutions for the social problems that we face. Secondary values include scholarly activity and community service. The Sociology Program seeks to provide further service to the community through a variety of programs and opportunities.
Current Trends in the JSU Sociology Program
Requirements for the sociology minor:
18 hours of Sociology (SY) courses.
12 hours of Sociology (SY) courses to be chosen from SY 223 and 300+ electives listed in the catalog.