Academic Programs

Anthropology

The anthropology program offers a wide variety of courses in cultural anthropology and archaeology. Through the Troy Archaeological Research Center (ARC), students have the opportunity to participate in field and laboratory research and are often offered opportunities for part-time employment while attending school.  Our archaeology labs include facilities for the analysis of artifacts, ecological remains and a facility for the analysis of faunal remains from North American and Near Eastern archaeological sites. Our program features hands-on experience in both the field and laboratory. The student is exposed to fieldwork throughout the southeastern and southwestern United States, as well as opportunities for work in the Near East. No other program in Alabama offers such a depth of field experience.

The anthropology major offers students a broad background in the field of anthropology, which includes physical, linguistics, cultural and archaeology anthropology.  Our instructors bring field experience from the Near East, Australia and the southeastern United States to the program. The program will prepare students to pursue careers in anthropology or to continue their education in anthropology at the graduate level. 

Anthropology Employment Opportunities

The courses in anthropology, when combined with the fieldwork experiences, fully prepare the student for entrance into a graduate program in anthropology. A number of our graduates are currently working toward their master’s as well as doctorate degrees. Students earning degrees in anthropology can look forward to a range of employment opportunities. Private archaeology companies, museums, historical archives, public and private historical sites and federal, state and local government agencies are some of the typical places where anthropology majors find employment.

Social Science

The 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 will also learn to communicate effective and to evaluate individual and community needs. As you develop the ability to analyze complex social problems, you will become able to work towards realistic solutions using awareness, acceptance and appreciation of diversity, social factors and global multicultural perspectives. 

As a social science major or minor, you will be able to choose courses from a wide variety of disciplines, such as anthropology, geography, sociology, psychology, history and political science, to name a few.

As a social science major, you can also choose to obtain a geography concentration.  By earning a geography concentration, you will have a solid foundation in the linkage between the social sciences and natural sciences. A geography concentration will help you to better understand spatial relationships and how the natural sciences and social sciences interact with each other.

It is also the case that students interested in the accelerated law curriculum must complete the requirements of the social science major.  Students in the accelerated  law curriculum will major in social science and minor in legal studies. 

Social Science Education

With your undergraduate degree in social science, you will be prepared to work in a variety of entry-level positions, including (but not limited to) police officer, probation/parole officer, planner for a nonprofit organization, sales representative, human resources/benefits administrator, public survey worker, recreation director, statistician, correctional officer, social/welfare work, private detective, childcare worker, domestic violence advocate, social justice worker and research methodologist.  A geography concentration will help you obtain an entry-level position as an economic geographer, conservation director, GIS worker, meteorologist, climatologist or worker at the U.S. Census Bureau. You may also wish to pursue graduate and professional degrees in sociology, geography, law, business, education, health and medicine, social work or counseling, as well as other academic fields.

Troy University’s Social Science Education program is the program of study of students seeking Alabama teacher certification in the area of Social Sciences.  The Social Science Education program is a comprehensive program that includes the social science disciplines of history, geography, political science, economics, sociology, anthropology and psychology. Students in Social Science Education will complete a Social Science major with a General Social Science concentration, as well as select education as a second major.  Selecting education as a second major will also require you to complete all education degree coursework.

Admission to the Teacher Education Program is dependent upon successful completion of all criteria in both the social science teaching field as well as in professional education studies. All candidates will work with their teaching field advisor for program advisement and course scheduling. 

 Employment Opportunities

Social science education complies with the Alabama Model for Identifying Highly Qualified Teachers, and students who complete the degree will be highly qualified to teach any of the social science disciplines in grades 6 through 12.

 Sociology

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.

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 inequalities 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.

 Employment Opportunities

With your undergraduate degree in sociology, you will be prepared to work in a variety of entry-level positions, including (but not limited to) police officer, probation/parole officer, planner for a nonprofit organization, sales representative, human resources/benefits administrator, public survey worker, recreation director, statistician, correctional officer, social/welfare work, private detective, childcare worker, domestic violence advocate, social justice worker and research methodologist. 

You may also wish to pursue graduate and professional degrees in sociology, law, business, education, health and medicine, social work or counseling, as well as other academic fields.

 Master of Social Science

The Master of Social Science Degree (M.S.Sc.) is an interdisciplinary program for graduate students with a love of any of the following disciplines: Anthropology, Economics, Sociology, Geography, Political Science, History, Social Science or Psychology, who wish to deepen their knowledge in any of these areas to prepare for careers or a doctoral program. This degree is for students who either wish to take advantage of the resources of several of the disciplines to study an area of interest or to strengthen their training and achievement in a single, social science discipline.

Career Opportunities

Some M.S.Sc. students will acquire skills and knowledge for careers that make use of the social sciences; others prepare for further graduate work or professional training. 

Some potential job opportunities are college teaching, non-profit research and research administration, law and other professional services, educational consulting, non-profit sector, for-profit research/market research, museums, journalism and writing, government and international non-governmental organizations, healthcare and energy sectors, public policy/advocacy/Think Tanks, etc.

The Master of Social Science program is available to all TROY students and online via TROY Online.

Degree Options And Requirements

The Master of Social Science Degree has two options for students to choose from. One is the thesis option and the other is the non-thesis option.

Non-thesis Option: 36 Hours 
SS 6690 Seminar in Social Science; SS 6691 Survey Research Methods in Social Science SS 6698 Social Theory

Electives: 27 hours
Choose an additional 27 hours from the following disciplines:
Anthropology, Sociology, Social Science, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science or Psychology
Completion of Comprehensive Examination

Thesis Option: 36 Hours 
SS 6690 Seminar in Social Science; SS 6691 Survey Research Methods in Social Science; SS 6698 Social Theory

Electives: 21 hours
Choose an additional 21 hours from the following disciplines:
Anthropology, Sociology, Social Science, Economics, Geography, History, Political Science or Psychology
Thesis Courses: 6 hours 
SS 6693 Thesis Practicum; SS 6695 Thesis

Admission Requirements For The Master Of Social Science (M.S.Sc.)

Candidates for admission must hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university. Students not holding an undergraduate degree in the social sciences or closely related fields might be required to successfully complete six hours of undergraduate foundational classes in the social sciences. 

Students are encouraged to contact a program adviser for more information about prerequisites.

Unconditional Admission -To quality for unconditional admission to the program, applicants must meet the following requirements:

  • Hold a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university with a minimum overall undergraduate grade point average of 2.5 (4.0 scale) or a 3.0 grade point average on the last 30 semester hours. All hours attempted in the term in which the 30 semester hours were reached will be used to calculate the grade point average.
  • Have an acceptable score on the appropriate entrance exam as indicated below (official score required).
  • GRE 850 combined (old) or 290 combined (new) or
  • MAT 385
  • Provide an official Troy University Letter of Recommendation that addresses the individual’s potential for success in the Master of Social Science.
  • Provide an official baccalaureate transcript from a regionally accredited college or university.

Conditional Admission

Conditional admission may be granted under certain circumstances to applicants who cannot satisfy all unconditional admission requirements.

Students admitted conditionally only because of a low undergraduate grade point average will be cleared of their conditional status if, at the completion of nine semester hours, they have achieved a 3.0 grade point average or greater on all graduate work attempted. If this does not occur, they will be dropped from the graduate program for one calendar year after which they may petition the dean of the graduate school to re-enter.

Students who have earned a baccalaureate degree from a regionally accredited college or university but lack the required grade point average and/or acceptable test score (official test score required) to be admitted unconditionally, may be granted conditional admission for a maximum number of nine semester hours. Students admitted under conditional status may, with the consent of their academic adviser, enroll in as many as nine semester hours during their first semester.