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Sociology Major with a Specialty Track

A sociology major with a specialty track allows students to focus on an area of particular interest while adding value and enrichment to their program of study. However, compared to the classic sociology major, completing a track requires more planning, commitment, and credit hours. In addition, an overall GPA of 2.5 or greater is required to enter a track and once in the track, a 2.5 GPA in both sociology courses and overall must be maintained.

Students can choose from one of four tracks:

While tracks are not considered certificate programs and do not appear on the official UAH diploma, students who successfully complete one will receive a Confirmation of Track Completion in addition to their Bachelor of Arts in sociology as evidence of their accomplishment.

For a full list of courses for the sociology major, visit the UAH Catalog.

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Community Services Track
40 hours

If you like helping people, then the Community Services Track may be right for you. It serves to prepare graduates for careers in non‐profit management, public policy, or social work.

The centerpiece of this track is the Community Services Internship (SOC 395).* This internship is designed to give students experience working for a non‐profit organization in a volunteer capacity. As a college course, it also incorporates reading and writing skills. Other courses focus on helping people confront a variety of difficult situations in their lives, such as divorce, single‐parenthood, discrimination, poverty, language and cultural barriers, imprisonment, and psychiatric diagnoses.

The CS Track is also a good way to prepare for graduate programs in non-profit management, public policy, or social work.

*Students have the option of completing this requirement through an internship experience in SOC 495 Senior Capstone Seminar.

Core Courses

SOC 100
Introduction to Sociology*
SOC 301
Research Methods
SOC 302
Sociological Theory
SOC 303
Statistics for the Social Sciences (Lecture)
SOC 304
Statistics for the Social Sciences (Lab)
SOC 495
Senior Capstone Seminar

Electives

All of these Courses:

SOC 102
Analysis of Social Problems*
SOC 105
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology*
SOC 206
Marriage and Family
SOC 395
Community Services Internship**

Choose 4 Courses:

SOC 306
Sociology of Gender
SOC 319
Deviance and Social Control
SOC 330
Race and Ethnicity
SOC 350
Social Stratification
SOC 425
Sociology of Education
SOC 435
Social Movements
SOC 469
Environmental Justice

Recommended Additional Courses:

WLC 101
Introduction to Foreign Language I*
WLC 102
Introduction to Foreign Language II*
PY 201
Lifespan Development
PY 433
Abnormal Psychology

 

*Charger Foundations course

**Students may substitute SOC 495. Requires advance planning and approval of Department Chair.


Global Structures Track
40 hours

If you plan to work abroad, enter the Foreign Service, or pursue employment with international non-governmental organizations like the Peace Corps or Greenpeace, then the Global Structures Track may be right for you. 

This track focuses on comparative, cross-cultural, and global aspects of social life, and addresses such topics as unemployment, poverty, the outsourcing of jobs, war, immigration, and other factors that are being increasingly shaped by external forces. Students who choose this track tend to be curious about the connections between people around the globe, and how humans can live peacefully in a world with vast differences in cultures, values, religious beliefs, attitudes, income, wealth, and natural resources. 

Core Courses

SOC 100
Introduction to Sociology*
SOC 301
Research Methods
SOC 302
Sociological Theory
SOC 303
Statistics for the Social Sciences (Lecture)
SOC 304
Statistics for the Social Sciences (Lab)
SOC 495
Senior Capstone Seminar

Electives

All of these Courses:

SOC 105
Cultural Anthropology*
SOC 150
Sociological Perspectives on Science and Technology*
SOC 320
Sociology of Religion
SOC 330
Sociology of Ethnicity and Race
SOC 350
Social Stratification
SOC 369
Environmental Sociology
SOC 415
Sociology of Globalization
SOC 469
Environmental Justice

Choose 1 Course:

GS 200
Global Systems and Cultures*
WLC 101
Introduction to Foreign Language I*

Recommended Additional Courses:

WLC 102
Introduction to Foreign Language II*
GS 199
Study Abroad
GS 399
Study Abroad
WLC 201
Intermediate to Foreign Language*

 

*Charger Foundations course


Environmental Social Science Track
41 hours

If you are concerned about the environment and interested in the relationship between social life and climate change, sustainable agriculture, wildlife conservation, recycling practices, and green energy, then the Environmental Social Science Track may be right for you. 

This track examines the co-evolution and complex interdependence of humans and the natural world, exploring how environmental conditions influence human societies, and conversely, how societies impact and alter their environments. Emphasis is placed equally on the the social structures that impact the causes and consequences of environmental problems (e.g., global inequality, racial discrimination), as well as social responses to environmental change and disruption (e.g., public opinion, environmental policy).

Core Courses

SOC 100
Introduction to Sociology*
SOC 301
Research Methods
SOC 302
Sociological Theory
SOC 303
Statistics for the Social Sciences (Lecture)
SOC 304
Statistics for the Social Sciences (Lab)
SOC 495
Senior Capstone Seminar

Electives

All of these Courses:

SOC 102
Social Problems*
SOC 350
Social Stratification
SOC 369
Environmental Sociology
SOC 469
Environmental Justice
ESS 111
Climate and Global Change*
ESS 210
Collapse of Civilizations

Choose 3 Courses:

SOC 105
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology*
SOC 150
Sociological Perspectives on Science and Technology*
SOC 330
Race and Ethnicity
SOC 415
Sociology of Globalization
SOC 435
Social Movements
SOC 480
Sociology of Science and Technology

Recommended Additional Courses:

ESS 407
Environmental Problems of the 21st Century
HY 368
American Environmental History

 

*Charger Foundations course


Law and Justice Track
40 hours

If you are interested in attending law school or working in the legal sector as a paralegal, community organizer, or social justice advocate, then the Law and Justice Track may be right for you. It is especially relevant for students who plan to specialize in family law, civil rights law, environmental law, immigration law, or public defense law.

Whereas other majors may focus on the mechanics of passing or implementing laws, or on legal argumentation, theory, or analysis, this track uniquely focuses on the real-world conditions of people subject to laws and how the response to those conditions can give rise to new laws or the repeal of old ones. It also provides a valuable foundation in working with social science data, which is essential to a successful career in the law. 

Students in this track may also consider concurrently pursuing UAH's Pre-Law Certificate, a 15-credit course of study that includes core courses in logic, ethics, and political philosophy, many of which are already included Charger Foundations. 

Core Courses

SOC 100
Introduction to Sociology*
SOC 301
Research Methods
SOC 302
Sociological Theory
SOC 303
Statistics for the Social Sciences (Lecture)
SOC 304
Statistics for the Social Sciences (Lab)
SOC 495
Senior Capstone Seminar

Electives

All of these Courses:

SOC 102
Social Problems*
SOC 206
Marriage and Family
SOC 319
Deviance and Social Control
SOC 350
Social Stratification
PHL 201
Introduction to Logic*
PSC 101
American Government*

Choose 1 Course:

SOC 306
Sociology of Gender
SOC 307
Sociology of Law
SOC 330
Race and Ethnicity
SOC 425
Sociology of Education

Recommended Additional Courses:

CM 418
Legal Argument
PSC 452
American Constitutional Law

 

*Charger Foundations course