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About the Social Science Program at TROY

Troy University’s social science major will prepare you to understand and contribute to society in a meaningful way by applying critical and creative thinking, technology and an interdisciplinary perspective to solving practical problems. As a student of social science, you will learn to analyze societal issues, identify improvements, and recommend solutions using statistics and data analysis. You’ll learn to communicate effectively and to evaluate individual and community needs. As you develop the ability to analyze complex social problems, you will become able to work toward realistic solutions using awareness, acceptance and appreciation of diversity, social factors and global multicultural perspectives.

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“Studying social science helps students learn analytical skills as well as improved communication skills.”
Anna Lindzy | Alumni

Choose your area of study in social science

As a social science student, you may choose classes from the following disciplines, and more, in your studies:

  • Anthropology - The study of the origins and social relationships of human beings
  • Geography - The study of land, people and economics)
  • Sociology - The study of human lives, societal changes and social causes and consequences of human behavior
  • Psychology - The study of the human mind and its functions
  • History - The general study and interpretation of the past and comparison/contrast to the present.
  • Economics - The systematic study of the production, conservation and allocation of resources in conditions of scarcity, together with the organizational frameworks related to these processes.
  • Political Science - The systematic study of political institutions and behavior.

Social Science Education Options

Students who want to seek Alabama teacher certification should select the social science major with the general social science concentration and also select education as a second major.
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Social Science

For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756

Accelerated Law Option Available

In 2015, TROY partnered with Thomas Goode Jones and Cumberland schools of law to become the first college in the state of Alabama to offer its students a way to complete their bachelor’s and Juris Doctor degrees within six years. Today, as part of this major studying within the University’s accelerated law program, you will begin an academic journey leading you to your junior year where, upon the careful consideration of your GPA and LSAT scores, you will have the opportunity to apply to law school at Thomas Goode Jones School of Law in Montgomery, Cumberland School of Law in Birmingham and now at the Mississippi College of Law. Programs are highly selective, and once chosen by one of the schools, you will begin your legal studies there. After your first year of law school, your GPA at Jones or Cumberland will be evaluated, and if there are no objections, you will receive your bachelor’s degree from TROY as if you’d been attending our classes throughout your senior year. At this point, only two years of law school remain before you sit for the Alabama State Bar exam. Now, that’s a deal, and it can only be found at TROY.
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Careers in Social Sciences

Social science graduates can enter or advance their careers in law, economics, political science, geography or criminal justice agencies.

Faculty Profiles

Halil Akbas, Ph.D.

Halil Akbas, Ph.D.

Dr. Halil Akbas is the Associate Chair and Associate Professor of criminal justice and criminology. His main research interests include the study of policing strategies, immigration, human trafficking and terrorism. Dr. Akbas teaches graduate courses in law enforcement, criminal justice policy, homeland security and more.
L. Sergio Garduno, Ph.D.

L. Sergio Garduno, Ph.D.

Dr. Sergio Garduno is an Assistant Professor of criminal justice and criminology. His main research includes the study of HIV, jails and gangs. Dr. Garduno teaches graduate courses in research methods and criminological theory.
Soheil Sabriseilabi, Ph.D.

Soheil Sabriseilabi, Ph.D.

Dr. Soheil Sabriseilabi is an Assistant Professor of sociology and criminology. His main research includes the relationship between religion and crime, and the role of public opinion on legalization of unnatural death. Dr. Sabriseilabi teaches graduate courses in deviant behavior, capital punishment, ethics in criminal justice and more.
Sharon Everhardt, Ph.D.

Sharon Everhardt, Ph.D.

Dr. Everhardt's main research interests include the study of race, class, and gender, especially disenfranchised populations of women. In 2020, Dr. Everhardt earned certification as an AACS Clinical Sociologist who helps organizations and institutions resolve social issues related to the human condition.

Tailor Your Social Science Degree with a Concentration

Broaden your career opportunities by choosing a specialization that fits your career goals.
General Social Science
The general social science concentration is an excellent choice if you want a broad overview without limitations in one subject area, or if you are going to seek a second major in education.
The geography option is an excellent choice for understanding global and regional political issues.
The social science leadership option helps to prepare you to be a model for and guide others in any profession.

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The social sciences bachelor’s program at TROY provides training in leadership, research methods, writing and problem-solving.

What Can You Do With a Social Science Degree?

Under the umbrella of social sciences is a broad spectrum of disciplines, including anthropology, criminology, history, geography, political science, psychology and sociology. With such a range of disciplines, the social sciences don’t point to one specific job outcome, begging the question: “What can you do with a social sciences degree?” The answer depends largely on you, your interests and the courses you take for your degree.

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