Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work Undergraduate Programs

The University of South Alabama Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work offers undergraduate degree programs that prepare students for jobs in many professional settings. Students can choose to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology or Bachelor of Social Work. Faculty members also teach in several associated interdisciplinary minors, including forensic science, gerontology, museum studies, and Native American studies.

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The Bachelor of Arts in Sociology degree program allows students to study social life, focusing on society, the individual in society, and social change. Students can also minor in sociology. Using various research methodologies, sociology offers descriptions as well as explanations for particular social realities, which may guide social policy initiatives and programs for social change.



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The Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology degree program allows students to study past and present humankind. Utilizing knowledge from the biological, social, and behavioral sciences, anthropology represents a holistic and humanistic discipline, bringing together a variety of perspectives to learn about ancient peoples and to solve modern problems. Students can also minor in anthropology.



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Social Work

The Bachelor of Arts in Social Work degree program provides a combination of academic excellence and commitment to social justice within a vibrant and friendly atmosphere. The program is accredited by the Council on Social Work Education to prepare students for generalist social work practice in areas such as child welfare, mental health, family services, public health, criminal justice and substance abuse treatment.



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Forensic Science

The minor in forensic science is an interdisciplinary program offering students the opportunity to gain foundation-level exposure to the various social and physical sciences from which forensic applications are derived. Students will acquire broad-based knowledge and skills in a combination of areas such as chemistry, anthropology, criminal justice and biology.



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The gerontology undergraduate program offers a certificate in gerontology and a minor in gerontology. Gerontology is the interdisciplinary study of the human life cycle, issues related to aging and the relationships between the generations. Students in the program establish an expertise that will enhance and compliment their analytical skills.



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Museum Studies

The museum studies undergraduate program offers students a minor in museum studies. Emphasizing both the interdisciplinary study of museums and courses of practical training, the program prepares students for positions in museums throughout the world. Students will be trained to work in museums of fine art, history, anthropology, technology and natural history.



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Native American Studies

The Native American studies program is a meeting ground for scholars, students and thinkers committed to broadening our understanding of Native peoples and providing community for those with a like interest. Students can minor in Native American studies. Faculty strive to foster meaningful engagement with the economic, social and political conditions of Native American life on campus and beyond, as well as seek to build a vibrant community of inquiry and innovation at the University of South Alabama.