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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:

Sociology Program Mission Statement

The mission of the Sociology degree program is to provide quality education, maintain active research agenda and provide service to society, the community, discipline and university.  First and foremost we strive to provide students with a broad based knowledge in sociology that gives them the tools to critically examine how systems impact individuals and individuals in turn create systems, the information to understand how a wide variety of organizations work, how to analyze problems within organizations as well as how to address the problems we find.

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.  The faculty engage in research and service activities that complement the teaching areas.

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 Major in Sociology: 

MAJOR IN SOCIOLOGY (B.S./B.A.) The requirements for a major in Sociology are a total of 120 semester hours, which includes meeting all University and program general education requirements, including 30 semester hours of sociology course-work and either a second major or minor. Of these 30 hours required for the Sociology degree, 15 hours are dictated by the program while the additional 15 hours are Sociology electives. The five required sociology courses are SY 221 or 222, 301, 427 or 428 and 499 and one course from:  SY324, 360 or 368. The additional 15 hours of sociology electives will be selected from only Sociology courses and must be at 300 level of higher.  Mathematic requirements include one course of MS 108 or higher.  Sociology Majors must earn a minimum of “C” or better in each of the major and minor courses. 

Introduction to Sociology (SY 221) is a prerequisite for all Sociology courses.  SY427, 428, and 499 have additional prerequisites.  Sociological Methods (SY301) should be taken prior to Sociology 300+ electives.  Students are urged to consult with their academic advisor who will be helpful in choosing electives.  The student should balance breadth and depth as best suits his or her own needs and future plans. 

SOCIOLOGY MINOR. The requirements for a minor in Sociology are a minimum of 18 semester hours which must include SY 221 or 222 and 301. The remaining 12 hours are electives which must be chosen from courses in the Sociology listing.

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