Sociology is the study of human societies and social behavior. It is both a science and a perspective. As a science, Sociology applies a wide range of formal methodologies to investigate the relationship between and among individuals, groups, and societies. As a perspective, Sociology helps enable us to view our society and other societies critically and objectively. Through Sociology we find that what we often think of as "common sense" is, in fact neither common nor sensical. Sociology students may also be interested in the Human Services Minor.
Scholarships Scholarship Application (PDF)
The John B. Walters, Jr. Memorial Scholarship is awarded to enrolled students majoring in a social science field (Social Science, Political Science, Sociology, History), of a least sophomore standing and a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00. Preference is given to applicants who are preparing for a career in international relations. Applications are available here or through the Department of Behavioral and Social Sciences. The deadline is February 1, for the fall awards.
Students are often uncertain about what they can do with a degree in Sociology. Many believe that Sociology is an interesting field, but not a practical one. Nothing could be further from the truth. Individuals with degrees in Sociology may find employment in a wide variety of fields including: business and commerce, social services, education, government, research, marketing, journalism, health services, and many others. Sociology as an academic pursuit allows students to develop critical analysis skills including: problem solving, concept modeling, and writing. These are the skills most in demand and most rewarding in the ever-competitive job market of the global economy.
Sociology courses at the University of Montevallo include the following:
Sociology majors must successfully complete each of the following courses:
SOC 230 Introductory Sociology
SOC 320 Social Interaction OR
SOC 324 Social Stratification
SOC 370 Research Methods in Social Sciences OR
SOC 355 Research in Social Welfare
SOC 480 Development of Sociological Theory
Additionally, majors must successfully complete an additional 18 hours of electives in Sociology or Anthropology. Upon declaring Sociology as a major, the student will establish a portfolio of work. Term papers, research projects and other course materials will be kept on file. Senior Sociology majors are expected to take the MFAT, a standardized exam which is used by the program to assess its performance. An exit interview is required of all graduating seniors.
Minors must successfully complete SOC 230, and at least 15 additional hours in Sociology.
Dr. Stephen Parker
University of Montevallo
Montevallo, AL 35115