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About the Sociology Degree

Sociology is the scientific study of human relationships and interaction. 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. This undergraduate degree offers you the opportunity to study a number of social topics including crime and deviance, social inequality and social institutions such as the criminal justice and health care systems.

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“Students are able to take classes for their major and classes they are interested which help them be well-rounded within their field.”
Alethea Marsh | Student

Gain a Deeper Understanding of Sociology

During TROY’s coursework in the sociology program, you will learn to critically analyze social issues and develop research skills to study social problems like food insecurity and wage inequality. You will also have the opportunity to gain hands-on learning experiences through our internship program with an opportunity to work in a variety of settings from prisons to mental health agencies. These experiences will allow you to be part of research and public good projects that will enable you to take the skills you learn in the classroom and put them to the test. These experiences provide you valuable learning opportunities that lead to employment and graduate school.

Prepare for Advanced Careers in Sociology

When you graduate with a degree in sociology from Troy University, you will have the analytical skills of research writing and social interaction, along with being able to write questionnaires, conduct interviews and focus groups and analyze data. 

Bachelor of Science in Sociology Curriculum

While courses may vary from year to year, your coursework may include:
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Get the flexibility you need by taking courses in person or online. For more information about program availability and delivery options, call 1-800-414-5756

Accelerated Law Program Option for Sociology


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 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 to the Mississippi College of Law in Jackson. 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, Cumberland or Mississippi 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 University.

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Careers in Sociology

Bachelor of Science in sociology graduates can enter or advance their careers in corrections, court administration, family intervention, case management or victim advocacy.

Faculty Profiles

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. She is currently researching the impact of horticultural programs on nutritional knowledge and food insecurity among female inmates in women’s correctional facilities. She has secured over $75,000 in USDA funding to support her gardens projects. In 2020, she spearheaded the pursuit of a 1.9 mil Department of Education’s Strengthening Institutions Title III grant to improve student achievement and retention at Troy University.
Andrew Tatch, Ph.D.

Andrew Tatch, Ph.D.

Dr. Tatch is interested in research related to social stratification, substance use and abuse, impaired driving, and health disparities. He has led or co-authored manuscripts related to college student drinking, gender-specific predictors of impaired driving, mental illness, adverse childhood experiences, and employment outcomes for individuals with blindness or low vision. Dr. Tatch is currently working on several manuscripts considering the utility and applicability of data from digital online spaces to extend current research on identity work and impression management.
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.
Jolene Vincent, Ph.D.

Jolene Vincent, Ph.D.

Dr. Jolene Vincent is an Assistant Professor of sociology and criminology. Her main research includes the study of human trafficking, homicide and serial killings. She teaches graduate courses in criminological theory.

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Troy University to host visiting Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence

Troy University has been selected to host a Fulbright Scholar-in-Residence from Slovenia during the 2023-2024 academic year. Dr. Borut Roncevic, Dean and sociology professor at the School of Advanced Social Studies in Nova Gorica, was selected for the Fulbright award by the Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board.

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