Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work

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

Faculty members are committed to providing the highest quality instruction and advising. Students benefit from relationships forged by faculty who are actively engaged in community service. South offers supervised internships and field experiences with community partners in child welfare, healthcare/health disparities, aging, juvenile justice, environmental advocacy, historic preservation, and many other service areas. 

Open Position:
Assistant Professor of Anthropology


▼   Upcoming Events

Making the Most of Your Major: A Resume Workshop for Undergraduate Sociology Students

The skills that students learn in sociology courses are exactly the skills that employers say they are looking for: critical thinking, teamwork, data analysis, and multicultural awareness, to name a few. But how can you translate the things you learn in sociology to lines on your resume? In this webinar, designed specifically for undergraduate students, you will learn how to ensure that your resume shows off your sociology skills, as well as tips for job searching with a sociology degree.

Webinar: Wednesday, March 2, 2-3:00 p.m. (central)

Register here for Workshop.

When registering, under Organization please list "University of South Alabama."

▼   Student Awards

USA Foundation Scholarship in AN

  • Sarah Bender (rising junior)
  • Alexandria McKinnell (rising senior)

AN Student Paper Award

  • Victoria Calvin, “A Reintroduction to Syphilis: Treponema pallidum”
  • Christine Kilgore Holley Student Paper Award 
  • Sabrina de Jong,  “What Makes a Real Native”

Outstanding Anthropology Student Award

  • Emily Ensor-Gibson 
  • Dale Pate

USA Foundation Scholarship in SY, undergraduate

Danyelle Sturdivant

USA Foundation Graduate Sociology Scholarship

  • Quanisha Flynn
  • Trenton Overstreet

Sociology Student Paper Award

Trenton Overstreet

W. David Gartman Outstanding Sociology Student Award

Marilena J. Caviness

Sociology Graduate Student Paper Award

Lauren Hodges

Outstanding Graduate Sociology Student Award

Abi Barnes

USA Foundation Scholarships in Social Work

  • Tara Ellingburg
  • Monetlicia Pettway

Outstanding Social Work Student Award

Aleah Herring

McGrew Scholarship in Social Work

Kelsy Perry


  Latest News
Expert Advice: Dr. Valerie Bryan Talks About Important Factors for Students Deciding on a Social Work Degree Program
Expert Advice: Dr. Valerie Bryan Talks About Important Factors for Students Deciding on a Social Work Degree Program
Thursday - June 16, 2022
What are the most important factors for students deciding on a social work degree program?
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Big Dig: South Archaeologists Excavate Mobile Bay Bridge Site
Big Dig: South Archaeologists Excavate Mobile Bay Bridge Site
Wednesday - April 27, 2022
The USA Center for Archaeological Studies digs into the past to make way for a bridge linking Alabama's two coastal counties.
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South Students Attend Human Rights Workshop in U.K.
South Students Attend Human Rights Workshop in U.K.
Wednesday - April 27, 2022
Dr. Douglas Marshall, Honors College interim dean, and three University of South Alabama students recently returned from the Oxford Consortium for Human Rights workshop in England. The Honors College at South has been a member of the Consortium since 2019 and returned to the U.K. this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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