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B.A. / B.S in Sociology

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.

Mission Statement:

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

  • Accessible faculty all with doctoral degrees from a variety of PhD granting insitutions across the U.S.
  • Faculty that are experts, nationally recognized in their field, and active in regional and national sociological associations.
  • Current research of faculty includes disasters, domestic violence, gender and work, hate crimes, gender and depression, depression in the nursing home elderly, sexual harassment at the university, collective behavior, war and asylum seekers, and theory construction using micro, meso and macro levels of analysis. 
  • Active and progressive Sociology Club, WISE (Women's Issues Support and Empowerment), as well as the Sociology Honor Society, Alpha Kappa Delta
  • Courses relevant to life in the 21st century

Requirements for the sociology minor: 

  • 18 hours of Sociology (SY) courses.

Required Courses:

  • SY 221 Introduction to Sociology
  • SY 301 Sociological Methods


  • 12 hours of Sociology (SY) courses to be chosen from SY 223 and 300+ electives listed in the catalog.

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