About Sociology

Sociology equips students with the skills and knowledge to explore the social world, inspires them to lives that build flourishing human communities and provides students exceptional and engaging learning experiences. Our purpose is to nurture the intellectual and personal development of students, with special attention to the following competencies: 1.) the ability to analyze the powerful and pervasive impact of social context on individual behaviors and outcomes; 2.) the capacity to conceive and articulate structural explanations to account for societal and institutional outcomes (e.g., persistent social stratification); and 3.) the skill to interpret, construct, and evaluate empirical arguments about social reality.


morgan mitchell
Sociology has opened so many doors for me. I was able to conduct my own research and present it at a regional conference with many other professionals and students in sociology. Because of all of the hands-on experience I've had I am confident that I would be prepared for graduate school or any other career that I could imagine. Morgan Mitchell, Howard College of Arts and Sciences Ambassador


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Carey Book on Appalachia Named Finalist for National Award
Journalism professor Clay Carey’s book, The News Untold, has been named one of three finalists for the Tankard Book Award, which honors the best research-based book about journalism published each year.  
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Arts and Sciences Faculty Honored for Teaching, Advising, Scholarship
Samford University's Howard College of Arts and Sciences honored three of its faculty during a faculty assembly May 1. 
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Biologist Warns of Health Effects of Common Herbicide
Describing himself as feeling not like a prominent scientist but “just a little boy who likes frogs,” Hayes led his audience through his childhood exploration of the forest behind his grandmother’s South Carolina home, his research on amphibians at Harvard and in Africa, and the distinguished scholarly career that some have viewed more as a threat than an inspiration.