Sociology | Troy University


About the Sociology Degree

If the study of human lives, societal changes and social causes and consequences interest you, then a major in sociology at Troy University is for you.

Sociology is a broad discipline through which one can scientifically study human group behavior and the consequences of human social patterns. Students may choose a sociology major or minor. Additionally, the sociological perspective in conjunction with the perspectives offered through anthropology, criminal justice, geography, and political science rounds out the interdisciplinary approach taken for the social science major and minor. Areas of concentration in social science include anthropology, geography, gerontology, leadership, and general social science. The social science education major is designed to provide courses for the student to meet the requirements of the State Department of Education for certification of teachers. 

Sociology majors/minors and Social Science majors/minors traverse through a curriculum that conveys the interconnectedness of social, political, and economic spheres at the local, state, regional, national, and international levels.

As a sociology student, you will learn about all aspects of human interactions, including cohabitation, divorce, sexual variations, causes and impact of crime, aging of the population, the strained health care system, salary inequities based on race or gender, alcohol and drug abuse and our relationships with economic and political systems.

You will study, think about and critically analyze your surroundings, institutions (like marriage, education and work) and daily social interactions. Your studies will develop your understanding of the impact you have on society. You will also learn to utilize your “sociological imagination” and explore how decisions that appear to be personal choices are actually influenced by patterns of social behavior shared with others in your social groups.

Troy University’s undergraduate sociology program will prepare you for higher education in the field in preparation for research, teaching and careers requiring advanced degrees.

Practical skills 

In addition to honing your critical reading, writing, thinking, interviewing, and social interaction skills, you will also learn to write questionnaires, conduct interviews and focus groups and enter and analyze data—all practical skills that can translate into career success.

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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Program Locations

  • Troy Campus
  • TROY Online
  • Dothan Campus
  • Montgomery Campus