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. 


▼   2020 Award Recipients in Anthropology

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
▼   2020 Award Recipients in Sociology

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

▼   2020 Award Recipients in Social Work

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
Social Work Faculty and Alumni Talk with Prospective Students
Social Work Faculty and Alumni Talk with Prospective Students
Tuesday - January 26, 2021
Faculty recently hosted a group of prospective students via Zoom to learn more about the bachelor's in social work program at South. The event featured an alumni panel discussion that focused on career outcomes in the field of social work.
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South Sophomore Solves Cold Cases Using DNA, Forensic Genealogy
South Sophomore Solves Cold Cases Using DNA, Forensic Genealogy
Tuesday - January 19, 2021
Olivia McCarter brings focus and closure to unsolved cases, identifying victims and giving law enforcement a trail to suspects.
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Digging Into the Past
Digging Into the Past
Wednesday - January 15, 2020
The University of South Alabama has been contracted by the City of Mobile to conduct a cultural resource survey in the Africatown community prior to the planned construction of a $3.95 million Welcome Center. The project will include excavation and archeological work and a historical analysis to make sure the site has not been used as a burial ground in the past.
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