Sociology is the systematic study of society, its structure, institutions and human interaction. The Sociology Program at Albany State University offers a variety of courses to students working toward a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology and is part of the core curriculum of Liberal Arts. Students at Albany State University also have the option of minoring in sociology or concentrating in medical sociology, a subfield of the discipline that focuses on the social context of health, illness and healthcare.

Sociologists are needed today more than ever considering the vast social problems that exist throughout the world. Our students are taught how to apply sociological concepts and theory to create social change thus becoming engaged, socially responsible global citizens. We offer a wide array of courses including: Gender Roles, Social Stratification, Marriage and Family, Social Institutions, Global Health Disparities, Women in Health, etc. all of which are preparation for graduate study and/or careers in the public and private sector.

Students majoring in sociology at Albany State University are provided with many unique opportunities aimed at applying knowledge learned in the class room. Many of our students work with faculty on research projects in coordination with the Center for Undergraduate Research giving students the opportunity to work in our newly created social science laboratory located in the Catherine Marie Hartnett Building. Sociology students are given the opportunity to participate in the Sociological Society, a student run organization promoting social justice. Additionally, students with at least an overall GPA of 3.3 are encouraged to join Alpha Kappa Delta, the International Sociology Honor Society. Students also have the opportunity to attend and participate in monthly brown-bag sessions, workshops and trainings. Those interested in mental health can be trained in Mental Health First Aid sponsored at least once a year by the Department of Criminal Justice, Psychology and Sociology.

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For more information about the sociology program please contact Dr. Melissa Gosdin, Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor of Sociology by email at or by phone at (229)-420-7069.

Dr. Melissa Gosdin,

Program Coordinator/Assistant Professor of Sociology